Leading book store Waterstones will be hosting R2R team members at a book signing event on Thursday 25th April 2013 at Leadenhall Market, London. It will be a chance for people to meet just stome of the inspirational characters behind the project and to recount first hand the ups and downs of the world's hardest race.
Google has today announced its backing for Race2Recovery, the group of injured soldiers aiming to become the first disability team to complete the Dakar Rally. Google has offered the Race2Recovery team significant financial support to help benefit their final preparations ahead of their challenge.
The team's final testing and training package in Morocco has proved a huge success and vital to ensuring the race crews are as prepared as possible for the harsh realities of the Dakar Rally in South America next month. With a fleet of three Defenders and support from the Land Rover Experience team out in Morocco R2R T4 truck driver and off-road "Jedi" Mark Cullum delivered a well rounded package that saw the drivers and co-drivers work together in the Atlas Mountains, long, rocky tracks and some of the largest sand seas in Morocco over a five day period.
Finally the time has arrived when we have waved goodbye to our ten vehicles which are now on route to Lima, Peru to start the Dakar in January 2013. It has been an astonishing journey for the last 18 months with some of the most incredible support and help we have ever witnessed and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been there for us. Also our new teaser for the upcoming documentary is out NOW so click here to see it.
We are proud to announce that Race2Recovery has been awarded the first ever grant from the Endeavour Fund, set up by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
As the month draws to a close and the nights are drawing in it is time to reflect on the last month of incredible activity. The focus has been primarily on the preparation of all vehicles, procurement of parts and spares, the purchase of our fourth and final Wildcat as well as continuation training for the drivers in Morocco. Of course the wonderful pre-Dakar video is here too!
With the drivers safely back from Morocco on their Easyjet flight G-EZUS (that one's never going to crash then) we can all reflect on the vital driving skills, terrain analysis and recovery techniques imparted by R2R T4 crew member and off road driving instructor Mark Cullum alongside Moy Torralladona from Land Rover Experience, himself a Dakar veteran.
Having spent the night in a large rock field with our film crew, some may say it was comfortable... it wasn’t, we prepared our vehicles and Barney set our course towards the dune fields near the Algerian border.
With a beautiful sunrise in the Atlas Mountains the Race2Recovery drivers began day two of their driving instruction. Our day was set to consist of a long road move towards the dunes in the south-east which began with a long winding descent in the mountains and then a scenic drive through the flat valleys and culminating in our next overnight stop deep in the moonscape of Morocco where we would practice our complex driving techniques, ascents and descents and procedures for reading the ground as well correct vehicle preparation for the terrain.
Following our last update we have now completed day one of our training package with Mark Cullum and the Land Rover Experience team and what a great introduction it has been. The team were broken down between the three Defenders with Tony and Chris in the grey Matt, Mark and Barney in the green Defender and Ben, Charlie and Moy in the “Little Foot” (affectionally titled due to it’s large Cooper Discoverer STT LT305/70/R16’s).