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|Jan 25, 2007
I apologize for not updating the site in a few
days. After their withdrawal in stage 8, they drove to Dakar so that they could
make their travel arrangements. Kevin caught a plane from Dakar to
South Africa. He is spending a few days with his family
and then plans to return home. I expect him back in the office some time next
week. Not sure on the exact day yet. He emailed me a few pictures from their
crash. It's unbelievable that they were able to get this car going again....
|Jan 17, 2007
4:30 pm: I received an email from Kevin.
This is what he said:
We finally got out of the desert and arrived in Dakar a few minutes ago.
I have no way to phone you...."
He gave me his phone number in Senegal. I tried to call him, but he wasn't answering
in his hotel room. I will try to call him again tomorrow and will update with
any more info I get from him. At least we can all sleep now, knowing that he
11:50 am: I just talked to Barbara
at Ronn's office in Las Vegas. She says that according to the team manager,
Ronn and Kevin are expected into Dakar within the hour. She wasn't sure if they
would be staying in Dakar to see the finish of the race or not. I'm sure Kevin
will be calling me once he arrives there and settles in. I will update later.
9:00 am: I still have not heard from Kevin. I know many
of you are anxious to know what is going on, I am too! I promise to update as
soon as I hear from him. Here is a picture of the car off Ronn's site... I think
a picture speaks a 1,000 words.
|Jan 16, 2007
||I still have not talked to Kevin since Sat. I've heard
that their withdrawal was caused by a transmission problem early in stage 8.
I will definitely update again when I talk to him.
|Jan 15, 2007
||According to the Dakar website, Ronn and Kevin are
listed on the withdrawal list. I haven't talked to Kevin since Sat. I do not
know their status at the moment. I hope to hear from him very soon and will
update you all.
|Jan 13, 2007
||Kevin called me today (Sat) with the great news that
they had made it to the rest day. They had just finished about 20 hours of straight
driving. They were able to make it through stage 6 with 20 minutes to spare
before stage 7 began. He says the crew will be completely rebuilding the car
today. He sounded up beat but said that this has been the hardest Dakar yet
|Jan 12, 2007
||Looks like the support team of Ronn and Kevin managed
to get the car put together enough to finish yesterday's stage. That's great
news! According to the website they are making good progress on Stage 7. I'm
sure they are really looking forward to a nice rest day tomorrow. I'll
keep you updated.
|Jan 11, 2007
Breaking news on Dakar website:
15:27 - auto
Bailey gets a fright Part II
No. 350, BAILEY/HEATH - BUGGY, OPEN
Having already rolled the buggy on the motorway during the connection section
of the 2nd stage, Americans Ronn Bailey and co-pilot Kevin Heath have done it
again today after 25 km of the day's special section. Fortunately, once again
this mishap was not serious, and the crew is now awaiting assistance.
Update: I finally talked to Kevin. He
said that they just had a really bad crash (as we all just read on the website),
almost totalled the car but they think they will be able to repair it enough
to finish the race. He had a real positive attitude and was very determined
to finish the race. He said they cart-wheeled several times. They were waiting
for their assistance vehicles when he called. They just hope to be able to get
it going again so they can finish today's stage and make it in time for their
start tomorrow. He says they are going to have a really long night. But they
are determined! Let's all keep our fingers crossed! He said he would try to
call again on the rest day.
|Jan 10, 2007
Still no word from Kevin, but I continue to watch his progress
on the Dakar website (as I'm sure many of you do also).
According to Ronn's website, they have definitely had their fair share of problems
with the car. Yesterday their fan relay was melting and causing smoke out of
the dash. They had to disconnect their fan which meant that the car would
overheat fairly quickly. They had to stop several times to let the car cool.
They also had a problem with the accelerator sticking open. They finally found
that a stone was stuck in one of the throttle bodies but were able to dig it
out with a pen.
I really hope to hear from him soon. I will definitely post again if I do.
|Jan 9, 2007
It's with great sadness to read on the Dakar
website of the death of Elmer Symons. He was a friend of Kevin's and was competing
in the rally for the first time on a bike. My thoughts and prayers go out to
all his friends and family.
No word from Kevin yet. According to the dakar website, they have finished
the stage. I will post more if I hear from him.
|Jan 8, 2007
||According to the Dakar website, Ronn and Kevin have finished
the days stage. Seems like it was a challenging day for them. I haven't talked
to Kevin since the rally began. I hope to hear from him soon.
|Jan 7, 2007
Breaking news on Dakar website:
19:59 - auto
Bailey gets a fright...
No. 350, BAILEY/HEATH - BUGGY, OPEN
Victims of an accident on the motorway this afternoon in which their buggy rolled
several times, but fortunately without serious consequences, the Americans Ronn
Bailey and co-pilot Kevin Heath were able to set off again for Malaga, the finishing
point of this stage, after two hours of repairs.
Update: Ronn and Kevin are both okay. Miraculously they walked away
with just cuts and bruises. The accident happened on the freeway. They were
driving behind their assistance vehicle (and careful not to be speeding)
when they were forced to swerve to avoid a Portuguese car. Ronn and Kevin's
car rolled about five times.
The bodywork was completely destroyed but incredibly they landed on their
wheels and were able to drive off to safety. Fortunately they had race harnesses
on and so escaped serious injury. All this happened in front
of a service station with hundreds of spectators so they had plenty of witnesses!
|Jan 4, 2007
||I talked to Kevin a couple times in the last few days but
just for a few minutes. He is doing well. They have gone through technical
inspection and now all the vehicles are in impound. They have their drivers
meeting tomorrow afternoon and then he says they will be getting a good nights
rest before the start on Sat morning. I will update as I hear more from him.
|Jan 2, 2007
||Happy New Year to everyone following.... I will continue
to update his website as I always have throughout the rally. The rally is scheduled
to start on Sat Jan 6. Kevin and Ronn are currently in Lisbon preparing for
You can follow the rally live and track Kevin's progress at www.dakar.com
Click on the "tracking" link on the navigation bar.
Here are some links to websites
that you might find interesting:
Bailey Motorsports Website