It may have been a long way from the green, green grass of home, but proud Welshman Elfyn Evans was the star, if not the winner, of Rally Argentina, having roared into what appeared to be an unassailable lead on Friday by winning six out of the special stages that were run. But just as Argentina giveth, Argentina also taketh away. Evans had a lead of nearly a minute after the first full day of the rally, but that advantage was gradually eroded as a result of a couple of punctures and a misunderstanding over pace notes, which meant that the young Welshman slithered into a ditch. Naturally, that sort of thing doesn’t tend to do many favours for a Ford Fiesta's finely-honed aerodynamic package.
The team's innovation in perfecting the use of Porsche 911 powerplants, long travel chassis, and later the Corky-designed automatic transmission that helped them dominate off-road racing.
Desert racing began in the early 20th century. An early racing sanctioning body in North America was the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA). The body was formed in 1967 by Ed Pearlman. The first event was a race across the Mexican desert, south-eastwards through most of the length of Baja California, originally from Ensenada to La Paz. The event was first called the Mexican 1000, and it later became known as the Baja 1000.
A little over a year after Rachelle had her first race, I had a very intense, colorful dream where Rachelle and I competed in an endurance rally. In the dream, we had the ability to run on foot as fast as any car. We out-ran lions and bears that lurked in the forest. After many miles, we won the race. At the finish line, hundreds of people thanked us for running with them.