FAREWELL MARJAN... Marjan, the one-eyed lone
lion is no longer the king of
PICTURES from the grenade attack!
PARIS-DAKAR / PARIS-LE CAP RALLY VOL. 2 Paris - Dakar [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] Motorcycling Circuit World Championship [ 1 ][ 2 ][ 3 ]
04013 Paris-Tripoli-Dakar 1991
Stephane Peterhansel (winner, on the right) and team mate Thierry Magnaldi, both on Yamaha-Sonaoto, on the podium in Dakar, Lac Rose
04023 Paris-Tripoli-Dakar 1991
Race prologue in France
04026 Paris-Tripoli-Dakar 1991
Resting for a few minutes in Libyan desert, Yamaha-Byrd riders Gilles Lalay (on his knees) and Ciro De Petri (in the background).
04060 Paris-Le Cap 1992
Children in Pointe Noire market (Congo)
04067 Paris-Le Cap 1992 Gilbert Sabine, during early morning breakfast, holding his metal cup ("gamelle", in french), a true symbol of the very basic commodities available for rally riders, who were supposed to drive all day long, sleep a few hours (mostly in the cold), to start again the following day.
04069 Paris-Le Cap 1992 Mitsubishi-Sonauto won the car race with this 4x4, driven by Hubert Auriol, already a legend in rally-raids
04070 Paris-Le Cap 1992
Patricia Schreck, daughter of Hans Schreck who shared this race with her.
04068 Paris-Le Cap 1992
Stephane Peterhansel, winner in Cape Town with his Yamaha-Sonauto
04083 Bjorn Waldegaard, swedish, former World Rally Championship winner, took part to several rally editions with his Citroen ZX
04002 Paris-Tripoli-Dakar 1991
Gilbert Sabine, father of mighty race founder, Thierry Sabine, on the podium in Dakar, Lac Rose
04006 Paris-Le Cap 1992
Beppe Gualini (Honda-Camel)
04027 Paris-Tripoli-Dakar 1991
Ciro De Petri (Yamaha-Byrd), commonly referred to as the quickest rider ever seen in Africa, here in action in south Libyan desert
04028 Paris-Le Cap 1992
French driver Hubert Auriol first and winner in Cape Town with His Mitsubishi-Rothmans
04032 Paris-Le Cap 1992, Pointe Noire (Congo) Cagiva team manager Roberto Azzalin (right) and Yamaha-Byrd main manager Daniele Papi, the day after the fatal accident suffered by Yamaha rider Gilles Lalay who crashed a few miles before the arrival in Pointe Noire, where the race would stop for a couple of days. His Yamaha-Byrd collided with an unnoticed Toyota medical vehicle which was running along the racing track in the opposite direction and which definitely should have NOT been there.
You may see what ws left of Gilles Lalay's bike HERE.
04035 Spanish Rider Morales with his V-Twin Cagiva
04038 Paris-Le Cap 1992
Final exhibition for all vehicles in Cape Town
04042 Paris-Tripoli-Dakar 1991
Hans Schreck on Lac Rose shore. This is where the Paris-Tripoli-Dakar used to finish, ending in Dakar outskirts.
04044 Paris-Tripoli-Dakar 1991
Two 4x4 Land Cruiser from "La Cinq" TV network in south Libyan desert
Farewell, good ol' Marjan... The lone king of Kabul zoo succumbs to his age at 48, after surviving years and years of deprivations and symbolizing to kabulis the spirit of resiliency itself Well.....that's sad news, indeed. To my eyes, Marjan symbolized hope. However, in thinking about that dear old lion's death I choose to believe that when he heard the swoosh of kites flying over Kabul, heard the roars from the football stadium, experienced the renewed sounds of music in the air and heard the click-click of chess pieces being moved around chessboards....well, the old guy knew that there was plenty of hope around and it was okay for him to let go and fly off, amid kite strings, to wherever it is the spirits of animals go.
Peace to you Marjan and peace to Afghanistan.
[Diana Smith, via the Internet]