By: Stephanie Temple
Foreword: Richard Hammond
The book Race2Recovery, to be published just seven weeks after the end of the Dakar Rally, tells the story behind each member of the team and how Race2Recovery was founded. It follows their progress of fundraising, training and awareness campaigns, through to gaining professional rally-driving experience as they head towards Dakar, and finally their experiences on the Dakar Rally itself.
Based around personal interviews and first-hand accounts from team members, Race2Recovery will provide a fascinating and truly inspiring read, backed up with spectacular imagery.
- Race2Recovery: how it was founded as a fledgling racing team of wounded soldiers who decided to take up the challenge of cross-country motorsport.
- The team: drivers, co-drivers and support personnel, with the focus on injured and disabled personnel including the first amputee driver to compete in international rally raids, Captain Tony Harris of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, and triple amputee Tom Neathway of the Parachute Regiment.
- The vehicles: the team is entering four Wildcats, the British-made car of choice for reliability and performance over the toughest terrain.
- Training and preparation: driver training, vehicle adaptation, medical and first aid, mobility in adverse conditions, bivouac rehearsals, nutrition, personal fitness, accidents and fire.
- Team Support: behind-the-scenes personnel and Land Rover support vehicles on events; fundraising endeavours; family, wives and girlfriends.
- The build-up: British Cross-Country Championship events; international practice on the Tuareg Rallye; training in Morocco.
- The Dakar Rally Raid: 5–20 January 2013, 5,500 miles in two weeks through the most arduous terrain in Peru, Argentina and Chile.