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Race to Dakar [Hardcover]

Charley Boorman
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21 Sep 2006
In January 2006, 230 people raced in trucks, cars and motorbikes from Lisbon to Dakar in the 28th annual Dakar rally - the most dangerous race in the world. Taking part was a team of three bikers: Matt Hall, Simon Pavey ... and actor and bike nut Charley Boorman. After his celebrated trip round the world with Ewan McGregor, documented in the No.1 bestselling book LONG WAY ROUND, Charley was keen for another challenge. Racing in the Dakar had always been a dream of his, and so it was the obvious choice for a new adventure. Supported by Australian champion biker Simon Pavey and experienced British biker Matt Hall, Charley attempted to do what many professional bikers have failed to do -- to compete in the Dakar rally, the most challenging race in existence. His book details his extraordinary adventures, and those of his fellow bikers, and also explores the history of this most dramatic and romantic of races. From Portugal through Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and Senegal, it also provides a unique look at the countries hosting the rally. It is an exhilarating and fitting sequel to LONG WAY ROUND.
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown UK; Signed e. edition (21 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356244520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356244525
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,401,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charley Boorman is the author of RACE TO DAKAR and co-author of LONG WAY DOWN and LONG WAY ROUND. All are bestsellers. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

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Boorman is well on his way to becoming the Michael Palin of motorbikes (TIMES2)

The history of the rally and Boorman's own personal experience of this great endurance test makes for an exhilarating read (WATERSTONE’S BOOKS QUARTERLY) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* Charley Boorman takes part in the Dakar rally - the most dangerous and exciting race in the world

* An amazing biking adventure from the author of the bestselling LONG WAY ROUND

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for bike fans 14 Oct 2006
Finally,a book on the privateers of the Dakar rally. Although this book is about Charleys' adventure he brings in the stories of other lone riders;their stories and tradgedies. This is no macho event. The women have a high finish rate and come from all walks of life. As he asks other riders throughout the rally what motivates them, there are a variety of reasons but perhaps the most apt, is that in an increasingly sanitised world it is one of the last tests of mind over matter on the planet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Race to Dakar is a must read book! 4 Oct 2006
If you were a fan of the long way around, you will love this book. Having no past knowledge of the Dakar rally, i was enchanted by the story and gripped as the events unfolded. Race to Dakar is a must read for anyone interested in adventure, motorbikes and determination.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey... how hard can it be ? 30 April 2007
If there were ever a book that would let you delude yourself into thinking you could take on "The Dakar", this is it.

A great read from start to finish. You don't need to be a biker to appreciate the magnitude of the effort, as the book details more "behind the scenes" dramas than any sanctioned video ever would.

After reading this, you'll understand the quote at the end which goes (and I might be para-phrasing) "if you're thinking about doing the Dakar, you never will. For the people who enter the race, there never is any question."

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Adventure Everyone can Enjoy 3 May 2008
By J.D.
I don't know anything about motercycles, and could not put this book down! Even though I havn't seen the show I really felt like I was there for the whole journey. Charley does an excellent job of recording his reactions, even when they are all over the place. I really apreciate the honesty he put into the book. The inclusion of so many other Dakar stories really rounds it out, creating a true picture of the race, not just a celebrity's attempt, and would be an exciting, inspiring read no matter who wrote it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 21 May 2007
It's mindbending, bicep busting, heart pounding, brain breakingly good!

The way Charlie has written the book takes you through every emotion he and the crew experience as if you were there yourself, the high's, the low's, the determination, the exhaustion, everythings there.

It's an amazing book written by incredible people about an awe inspiring event.

Read this book because, it is that good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Boy's Own stuff! 1 Sep 2006
I got this book at the Edinburgh Book Festival after a talk by Charley on the Dakar rally (hence in advance of th eofficial release). It's a wonderful story of his follow up to a Long Way Round, where he entered the 2006 Dakar Rally. It details his trials & tribulation and the pain & emotional rollercoaster that took place. If you like bikes, you'll love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 July 2009
Charley's best so far!!

The DVD is great but as he can't say a sentence with using the Fword it does get a bit tiring... and smacks of lack of intelligence (Sorry Charley we love you man but control that tonugue). As a book is more thought out it's very informative and the best part of the story, one of his team members getting lost, is incredible - and only just mentioned on the film. If you like bikes, buy and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than Long way down! 7 Feb 2009
Its not very often that we get to see the Dakar race and what actually happens.
Its a really fascinating documentary which is well worth watching and reading about.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 23 days ago by joann barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Book arrived within 3days of ordering, one day later than expected but no to worry who can complain at that price.
Will definitely use again.
Published 7 months ago by Sis
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
Natural progression of books , if you have read Long way up & down. Well worth a read if you are a fan.
Published 17 months ago by KEITH BARKER
5.0 out of 5 stars Book C. Booreman
Very well written book - I could hardly stop reading...
Interesting to read more about this working of this race from an insider.
Published 18 months ago by Van Overbeke Patricia
3.0 out of 5 stars A good insight into a terrifying race
A light read perfect for holiday reading, dont look at the pictures as it will spoil a fundamental part of the story - wait until you are 3/4 the way through. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Sharknose
5.0 out of 5 stars Race to Dakar - The book
Much more challenging than Charley Boorman's exploits with Ewan McGregor, his entry into the Dakar Rally was an extremely brave, even foolhardy, venture. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by Scorpion France
5.0 out of 5 stars really good read
Race to Dakar

I'm a big fan of Charley Boorman, have read his and Ewan McGregors accounts of their motorbike travels, Race to Dakar is very exciting and it felt like... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2011 by Mrs. M. M. Milton
4.0 out of 5 stars Race to Dakar
`Race to Dakar' is Charley Boorman's account of his adventures during the 2006 rally. This covers his preparations, anxieties about the race, his time during the race and the... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2010 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars this made a grown man cry!
I've read a few of the other reviews and didn't quite agree with them all so here's mine.Some folks have a problem with his excessive use of the F word but in his defence if you've... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2010 by Jonny-boy
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull
I love books on travel and I ride a motorcycle, but I really had to force myself to finish this book. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2008 by Brendan Doherty
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