Monthly Archives: February 2008

Dakar LOG – “Kiss ‘n MakeUp” | Dakar 2009

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”

– Louis L’Amour

Dakar 2008 photos, Jan 4th –>> CLICK HERE and HERE

Below: Team Wide Open Dakar, packing up to head home to North America, January 4th, 2008.

Dakar 2008 packing up


In full ASO fashion and just over one month from the cancellation of the 2008 Dakar Rallywhich truly felt like a lifetime – the sporting organization officially released what had been strong rumors of not just a MakeUp Rally but of a new Dakar Rally Series to be introduced into the offroad motorsport world.


Sure, fun and all, but WHO is going to be there?



I had a film and it’s not like I could just recast! Damn Documentaries, this is going to be the death of me for sure. …And that was what made endurance and patience the BIGGEST lesson of the last month.

Email and text message tag with US Volkswagen driver Mark Miller… Charlie Rauseo and his Team Rally PanAmerica Enduro-riders bouncing between the Tunisia Rally and the ASO’s Dakar Series Premier event in Budapest… Then distracted by who was going to sue who in the world of offroad?


I didn’t care, I just wanted to know WHO was up for a real challenge… Who was going to survive the cancellation and get to the 2009 Dakar, where ever in the world it was going to be.

2008 dakar cancelled


The cancellation, I felt spun everyone that participates (racers, media, sponsors, teams, the organization and viewers) directly into what the true nature of the Dakar is… at least to me.


That day, standing outside the auditorium when Eteinne Lavigne, the Director of the Dakar Rally announced the Rally’s cancellation to hundreds of competitors just a hands stretch from where only hours earlier, bikes were being parked, vehicles being inspected.

2008 dakar cars

Just a hand stretch away, the Iconic starting podium was to wait patiently for the next 12 hours to pass, it’s sole purpose, to be in the limelight sending off the Pro right down to the Amateur racer onto one of the greatest adventures of their lives…

2008 dakar start


Only it wasn’t the start of the 2008 Rally that waved everyone off… it was the cancellation – the biggest test that the rally could have ever handed down to everyone since it inception 30 years earlier. The ultimate test of endurance and navigation wasn’t just going to be 15 days in the winter months of January.


With the clear and precise words from Etiennne on January 5th, 2008 at 12:00 noon, The Ultimate Dakar swiftly turned into the ENTIRE year of 2008… 365 days of obstacles, no GPS and NO destination (at that time…).


One statement laid down bankruptcy in front of privateers and team managers, all spinning with their now vacant promises to sponsors.

At this moment, the Dakar was not only a rally, it became life… and the question became quite clear to me..


“who was going to make it to the 2009 Rally?”


money, bankruptcy, sponsors, mortgages, marriages – all either succumbed to the 2008 cancellation and have stolen away these life-long dreams?



“what is one willing to sacrifice in the coming year of 2008, for one more chance at racing this elusive Dakar Rally?”


It became haunting to think about who wouldn’t be there…

…and then to think about what would people be willing to do, to give up to get there… 

(click to find out who’s who…) 

Mark Miller?   (Team Volkswagen Motorsport) (Arciero- Miller Racing)

Charlie Rauseo?  (Team Rally Pan America)

Darren Skilton?   (Team Wide Open Dakar) (North American Dakar Correspondent)

Mike Petersen?   (Petersen Motorsports)

Robby Gordon?   (Team Dakar USA)

…the rest of the North American Racers that make up 5% of the total Dakar Rally competitors?  


…myself ?


I am about to find out…


Me? I wouldn’t miss this 2009 Dakar Rally for the world and I might just be signing over everything for this one last shot.


It’s going to be a year of both endurance and navigational tests and these won’t be the ones in the dunes. These tests will be the ones that make a person fall in love with life all over againthis is what the Dakar is known for…

“It changes people”.


It has already changed me, and like the others before me, I’ve been bitten but I have also become intoxicated with it’s mystery. Damn it – here we go again!


What do you say we buckle up… and pull out that map and get MOVING!


Ok, one more time for old time’s sake just ’cause I CAN!


You all have balls for sticking with me!!  (thanks Mr. MCarter for the moxy, chutzpah (sp))

THANKS to everyone for the overwhelming support. It’s amazing to know that you all were there for the 2008 start with me. Now lets see what that 2009 thing is all about, ok? 😉

See you in Budapest and before you know it, Buenos-Aries, baby, YEAH! 😉

Shawna Cox



Dakar Rally 2009 Dakar Series

The Dakar Series, Central Europe Rally, Hungary – Romania

The 2009 Dakar Rally, Argentina – Chile


WritersLOG – The Littlest Girl who wanted to be a Dragonfly

I miss writing, it’s been a while and there are many stories inside me aching to be put to pen. Writing may be a process that is a private and intimate journey, but the end result whisks others into this special and secret world.

shawna at kootney lake

I will share this story – it’s my first Children’s Book and would love to find an illustrator or animator who could make this little girl truly fly! Enjoy and don’t forget to dream! -Shawna

The Littlest Girl who wanted to be a Dragonfly

The little girl stretched herself out on the sand.


It was a sunny and warm day and she was watching the clouds as they crawled from the ocean and into the sky far above the waters. One cloud grew from a turtle into a racing car, another, a kitten that seemed to be eaten by a fiery dragon as it yawned in the warmth of the day.


The sun kissed the little girl’s cheeks and the wind tickled her toes and on her nose, a dragonfly landed.


Her eyes crossed to greet it and it spread it’s wings wide. The sun glistened and sparkled it’s wings and the wind lifted it high into the sky. The little girl jumped after the dragonfly – she had never seen anything like it before – it was magical! It danced and darted it’s way across the sky and the little girl giggled and danced and darted across the sand.


“What are you?” she shouted out at the dragonfly so high in the sky.


“He’s a dragonfly,” the water, the sun and the wind whispered together.


“Where did he come from? Where is he going?” she asked the sun.


“He comes from here and is going to there.” the sun shone.


“What’s here, and where is there? I want to know, I want to go!” the little girl squealed with glee! “I want to be a dragonfly!” she jumped and skipped for the sky, willing herself to be. “I am and I can be!”


She jumped and spun and spread her arms out wide, but the winds did not lift her and the sun couldn’t make her arms sparkle. They all tried and tried, but the little girl was still just a little girl and the dragonfly was drifting away, farther and farther.


“You can’t, you aren’t and you never will be” the sun and the wind and the waters whispered. “Those are things that little girls will never see, are never meant to be. Little girls are little girls, not dreaming dragonflies.”


She stood in the sands as they held her feet. She watched the dragonfly play with the wind and touch the sun. She watched the dragonfly disappear into the sky. She searched for it, sung out to it and reached up for it, but it had gone. It had left. Left the little girl below and behind.


“I want to see what it sees, go where it goes! So tiny, so free!” The little girl cried out and there was no reply.


She sunk down into the sands. She pulled her knees in close. She thought of the dragonfly and where it had been and where it must go, the things it must have seen, those things she is never meant to see.


The sun tucked it self into the ocean and the moon peeked out from behind the beach. The winds whispered good night and the waters pulled back their sheets.


“Why can’t I be a dragonfly?” The little girl asked as the night spread it’s self from sea to sea. The awakening stars glistened over her head “You are a little girl and little girls must sleep. Sleep and dream of dragonflies. Fly up high and over there and then back here. Sleep and dream and fly with that dragonfly.”

The little girl curled up in the sands and the moon wrapped her in his arms and she fell asleep and she began to dream…



…she spun up and jumped and landed into the sky! Her arms glistened and spread and lifted her up high. She glided and giggled with the dragonfly over vast valleys and lost lagoons. Places she had never been, places she had never seen – secret places, the special places, only for secret dragonflies! She stretched and wiggled and reached out to the dragonfly. He smiled and winked. It was magic, she was just like him the dragonfly, a little girl dragonfly! They raced along the skies and past the stars, to the moon and around the sun. The winds whistled, the waters laughed, the sands blew and the world knew…


…the sun peeked out of the ocean, the waters tickled at her feet, the winds kissed her cheeks and the little girl awoke from her sleep.


Her fingers dug into the sands, she danced to her feet and shouted, her arms waving at the sun “I was a Dragonfly! I flew and glistened and saw dragonfly things! Things little girls never see!”


The waters waved and the sands danced and the winds lifted her hair. The sun smiled warmly and shone at the little girl, “You are, were and always will be. You do and did and always will see those secret things that only dragonflies see. You are a little girl, a magical little girl, just like the dragonfly. You can, do and will always dream magical dragonfly dreams.”

The little girl tickled the sky and the sands lifted her high. They all knew she was a little girl. They all knew she was a dragonfly. They all knew she was magical. They all knew she could fly.

Shawna Cox

(have a great sleep!)

Copyright 2007


Posted by on February 17, 2008 in WritersLOG


DailyGURU – The Search for Love | it’s right there…

Have a good V-Day everyone!!!  I already had my first kiss of the day (he was gay, but it still counts!!) and will be the hug monster that I am for the rest of it!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

shawna cox happy ankle

There is no force more potent than love.
Take away love and your world is a tomb.
Your life echoes emptiness without love.
With it, your life will vibrate with warmth and meaning.
Even during hardship, love will shine through.

As you look back upon the events in your life you will find
that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived,
are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.

If you have it, you don’t need to have anything else,
and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter what else you have.

Therefore, search for love.
Once you have learned to love, you will have learned to live.

Love is the most important ingredient to your success.
The Daily Guru


Posted by on February 14, 2008 in DailyGURU

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