Best of the Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally is an off-road endurance race open to anyone with a car and a seething contempt for unspoiled nature. Amateurs typically make up about 80 percent of the entrants in what was once a race from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal, but due to security threats has been run in South America since 2009.

The event has claimed around 60 lives since its inception, mostly local observers and passers-by who paused too long to contemplate that ominous dust cloud looming on the horizon.

[More pictures of the 2013 Dakar Rally – The Atlantic]

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