For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be able to ride from our doorstep to the trails or track, which I’m guessing is the majority of riders out there, we are presented with the task of getting our bikes and gear to the trailhead or race venue. And while that’s a simple job, at least in theory, one forgotten or misplaced item can send you on major u-turn back home to retrieve it or make for a day off the bike. Enter the van. The storage unit on wheels. Shaggin’ wagon. Fun-mobile. Whatever you want to call it, a van is often the best way to move your things from point A to point B.
One mountain biker who has harnessed the power of the van and used it close to its maximum potential is Brian Lopes. Over the last two decades, Brian has tried out pretty much every size and configuration, and he’s … More
The world’s most prestigious and acclaimed rally departs from Buenos Aires on January 2. A grueling 13 days later, the finish line will be crossed back in Rosario by only the toughest competitors as they must first negotiate 9,000km of unforgiving terrain.
Along with stages in Argentina, the Dakar Rally will be contested within Chile’s Atacama Desert as well as among the ear-popping altitude of Bolivia. Only half of those who set off from Buenos Aires are expected to complete the rally such are the challenges that lay in store for man and machine.
Not scared by such slim odds of success are the Red Bull Desert Wings as they count among their ranks reigning champions, former winners and those hungry to taste Dakar success for the first time. Click play and let’s meet the team coming to the party in 2015.
This time around, Freiburger and Finnegan travel to Santa Rosa, California, to drive a crazy ’74 Mazda REPU mini-truck all the way back to SoCal, where they’ll compete in Optima’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car Challenge.
The Mazda is an oddity, originally powered by a rotary engine but later converted to Olds Toronado front-wheel drive drivetrain sometime in the late-1980s. With a 455ci big-block and ’69 Toronado transaxle slid between the rear frame rails, the seller claimed wheelies and 10-second ETs. However, Finnegan and Freiburger quickly discover their $5,000 mini-truck has more style than substance. Can they hang with the big dogs at the races?
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