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Competitors race through the desert during the Dakar Rally

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Volkswagen's driver Carlos Sainz and co-driver Lucas Cruz, both from Spain, compete during the fifth stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between Calama and Iquique in Chile, Thursday, Jan. 6.

This looks insanely fun.

Natacha Pisarenko / AP

Volkswagen's driver Nasser Al-Attiyah, from Qatar, and co-driver Timo Gottschalk, both from Spain, compete during the fifth stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between Calama and Iquique in Chile, Thursday.

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Spectators run for cover as Carlos Sainz of Spain drives his Volkswagen Touareg during the fifth stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011 from Calama to Iquique January 6.