After rally racer Thierry Sabine got stuck in the Sahara Desert for three days, his rescue team airlifted out a changed man. On Thierry’s return trip to France, an idea began to crystalize in his mind: one rally to rule them all. How did Thierry Sabine’s near-death experience lead to the most infamous off-road race in the world? What about the endurance rally’s extreme risk attracted drivers, adventurers, and European celebrities eager to cheat death? And why, after many years, many deaths, and a couple continents later does the race continue to be “A challenge for those who go, [and] a dream for those who stay behind?” Today on Past Gas: the story of the Paris-Dakar Rally.
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