HOME | CONTACT | IMPRINT | ADVERTISING | RSS















NEWS & LIVE TOP HEADLINES


NEWS & LIVE ARCHIVE


ENGLISH NEWSLETTER


FAQ: HOW DOES IT WORK?


FAQ: MY/OUR NEWS HERE?


FAQ: OLDER NEWS?













Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014


Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014













































Welcome to the marathonrally.com newssection. Here you can find the article you selected. For a full selection of news please click on "NEWS & LIVEREPORTS", for older articles use the search function in top of the right navigation.




Rainforest Challenge Italy: Interview with Patrick Silvestri from the Orga





Remember the big deluge of Rainforest Challenge (RFC) 2007 when the bravest of the land off-road daredevils went in by land and came out by boats? That was the longest, wettest and toughest RFC in a decade. Among the international teams caught up in the flood was the Italian team comprising of Patrick Silvestri and his co-driver Paolo Paoletti.

We had the chance to catch up with both as they are also part of the organizing committee of RFC European Selection, held recently in March this year. The Italians are passionate when it comes to cars, food and football, among others.

Patrick epitomizes that special breed of Italian craftsmen passionate about his car, a 4x4. He has raised his machine from the "dead", which was left stranded and damaged by the floods to give it a new lease of life. Here are some excerpts.

MR: Your vehicle was finally brought back to Italy in March of 2008, some three months after the event was over. It suffered the ravages from the monsoon flood.

Silvestri: Yes, and that’s why I have to rebuild it and took me two years to complete.

MR: Why spend so much time to build a 4x4?

P: Because it’s in my blood to see that my 4x4 machine is tip top, especially I have prepared it for the RFC, the ultimate adventure!

MR: How did it perform in the RFC, before the flood came?

Silvestri: We were doing well; Paolo and I did not take too much chance which might damage the car as we wanted to go into the Twilight Zone (TZ). It had enough power, traction and articulation to overcome many obstacles in the jungle and we were very pleased with it. But, we never expect such a big rain to come. Our 4x4 is not a boat…well, not yet.

MR: Tell us about the retreat from TZ when the rains came.

Silvestri: Everything was wet and damp, going downhill was extremely slippery. There was no time for error, one slip and down you go, which happened to one Polish team in a Range Rover which plunged into a ravine, but both they and their car were rescued. Everyone went very cautiously downhill, uphill and crossing the fast flowing rivers.

Everywhere it was like a war movie you know, of people struggling on foot, machines bogged down and continuously rain. Then we came to a big river crossing before the village using snatch straps at the rear and winching in front. That was something to remember for all time which you can watch on youtube put up by many teams. Anyway, we had an adventure of a lifetime, getting out of the rain.

MR: So, now you have rebuilt this machine and ready for action again?

Silvestri: Yes, of course, I am excited that after so many months of hardwork it’s alive again. We shall take it out after this interview. And other test runs in events in Europe.

MR: Before you do that, tell us something about this machine.

Silvestri: Well, it’s a Toyota BJ42 built in 1982 but I fitted it with a Toyota HDJ100, 4,200 cc turbo diesel with 204 hp. The gearbox and gear reducer: Toyota HDJ80. The front axle is a Toyota HDJ80, rear axle a modified Toyota HDJ61 and 2 blocks of 100% differential. I have removed the leaf springs and replaced with 4 coil springs shock absorbers (Ohlins). The front excursion is 102 cm and rear is 114 cm.

MR: What about the body?

Silvestri: Made of fiber glass by Weiss Design and modified with aluminum roof

MR: The winch?

Silvestri: Front is Toyota electric winch with PTO and rear is Toyota electric winch 9,000lb. The winch control is joystick fitted inside the car at the centre console.

MR: Roll bars and tyres?

Silvestri: Steel with 60mm diameter for roll bars and Crawler tyres (37 x 12.50R17) by BF Goodrich. Alloy wheels 8x17 – 12 off set of Mickey Thompson Classic Look.

MR: Well, congratulations for re-building another battle ready 4x4 Patrick; we would like to wish you and your co-driver all the best in 4x4 adventures to come, ciao.

More pictures and informations you could find at the official website [ www.rainforest-challenge.com ].

2011/04/15 | 12:07 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/WEE/BARALDI












Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 | NEW




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 | NEW




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 | NEW




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 | NEW




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 | NEW




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 | NEW




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 | NEW




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 | NEW




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 | NEW




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 | NEW




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 | NEW




















NEWS & LIVEREPORTS




NEWS & RALLY ARCHIVE




NEWSLETTER










VIDEO CLIP GALLERY




PHOTO LIVE GALLERY




PHOTO DATA & SHOP




YOUTUBE CHANNEL




FIA CC WC CALENDAR




IMPRINT & CONTACT




ADVERTISE ONLINE








RACE-DEZERT.COM




TERENOWO.PL











FACEBOOK GROUP




TWITTER GROUP




DAILYMOTION




RSS LIVE FEED


















HOME | TERMS OF SERVICE | PRIVACY STATEMENT | IMPRINT | ADVERTISING

Copyright 2003 - 2014 | All rights reserved by marathonrally.com international
London | Hamburg | Saint Petersburg | Kuala Lumpur | Monte-Carlo
Major office: marathonrally.com international | Joern Schekahn
Address: Gluckstr 74 A | 22081 Hamburg | Germany
Phone: +49 152 53 54 19 38
Email:
INFO(AT)MARATHONRALLY.COM | Web: MARATHONRALLY.COM