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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550228080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550228083
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A must read for those impassioned by the rally."  —CMG Online


"[I] couldn't put it down until it was done. If you have even a  passing interest in the Dakar you should take a look at this book!"  —Canadian Motorcycle Racer


"A riders' perspective unavailable anywhere else in any other form."  —Motorcycle Mojo


"If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to ride this race as a privateer, this book is for you."  —Racer X Illustrated


"When Hacking gets cerebral about what he's doing, especially at gut-wrenching moments that test his mettle—bike crashes, mechanical problems that could take him out of the rally, becoming disoriented under the Saharan sun—his writing sings."  —Winnipeg Free Press

About the Author

Lawrence Hacking is a professional motorcycle racer who specializes in enduros and rally raids, and who in 2001 became the first Canadian to finish the fabled race. His remarkable core philosophy, honed from the trials and tribulations of life, helped him survive and succeed in the unforgiving desert. Wil De Clercq has worked as a freelance writer, a visual artist, and in such diverse fields as demolition, merchant marine, faux finish painting, advertising copywriting, and film and television production.

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Well written story of Lawrence's adventure of the 2001 Dakar rally as a privateer. I found the story very compelling and hard to put the book down. Although it was an experience of a life time and his accomplishments incredible, I found the author exceptionally modest and humble. Lawerence seems like the kind of guy you could have a beer with or go for a weekend ride with.
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By Luma46 on April 30 2014
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This is a hands on experience book written by experienced motorcyclist and professional racer Lawrence Hacking. Provides excellent insight into the Paris Dakar Rally where demands on the rider are often much higher than demands on the machine.
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By Gretta Goertzen on April 17 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. I have other Dakar books that portray the race with factory support, an army of technicians, physiotherapists etc and unlimited $$$. That is the easy way...and mostly unrealistic for the most of us....("easy" and "Dakar" do not belong in the same sentence... but you know what I mean). This is the story of a common man who realized an uncommon accomplishment with his own wits and tenacity. Buy the book. Buy a copy as a gift to any son-daughter-niece-nephew who wants to, or is racing moto-cross. It will be an inspiration to them. It all started with a dream...and a garage...just like the garage you have beside your house.
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