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Libya Rally Raid Special-Newssection / Non-FIA Semi/Amateur

This is the single-news section of the special of the Libya Rally Raid 2008, one of the most interesting Non-FIA Semi/Amateurrallies. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

Libya Rally Raid: Armed soldiers and helpful policemen.

Libya is a very special country and not only for the landscapes. The local people are really friendly they are always there to help as they can. The officials of the country are even more interesting. Some members of the rally caravan already have some experiences with them after the first two days.

The most exciting experience had the race direction who drove to the track in the middle of the night to go to the CPs. "Suddenly we were stopped by a Toyota with armed and uniformed men" tells rally director Marco Bölling. "first we thought it was a misunderstanding but they signalled us and stopped."

The armed men looked like soldiers, who are responsible for the safety in the dunes. Unfortunately the soldiers couldn’t speak either English or French so they didn’t understand too much of the authorisation which was written in English. But Bölling called Wolfgang pasetti, the organiser of the race, who drove as fast as he could to the venue and brought an arabic translation of the authorisation with himself. This changed the behaviour of the soldiers from dangerous to friendly and they let the race director to drive on.

The press team that, not having any other options, drove also on the track had another kind of experience. The press car with three international journalists and a cameraman got stuck. The darkness approached, so the press team secured the car with a blue light - which drew the attention of a Toyota Landcruiser of the "Tourism Police".

But instead of soldierlike tone the journalists met a cheerful group of policemen. Unawaited offered the policemen water, food and cigarettes opened all doors of the police Toyotas and switched on some reggae music. "Then we stay here and look after you. Do you like the music?"

A little later some more people joined the group: two Libyan tourist guides, two cars of rally co-organiser Aania and two rally participants - so the bad luck turned into a spontaneous happening. Only the arrival of the assistance truck of Daktec put an end to the "dune party"...

2008/03/20 | 19:36 CET | Editor: MR/HS/LRR-Liveteam

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