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Nissan Navara takes on grueling Dakar Rally to make one man’s dream come true


PARIS – “Dream… Dare… Live it” is the official motto of the world-famous Dakar Rally, and that’s exactly what one man and his Nissan Navara will be doing this month.

Mindaugas Plukys bought the Navara, found sponsors to help him modify it, and he has shipped his truck across the Atlantic Ocean to the start line in Lima, Peru. After applying for media accreditation from event organizers, he will be following the same route as the competitors – beginning on January 6 – and sending back articles, images and video for media outlets on Facebook.com/iGo2Dakar.

Timing for this “trip of a lifetime” expedition could not be more perfect for Mindaugas. As the grueling Dakar Rally celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018, he will be doing the same thing later in the year.

“There is something about the Dakar Rally which has always inspired me, and this adventure has been five years in the planning,” said Mindaugas. “I always said I’d do it before my 40th birthday, so getting to South America in January 2018 has been my goal.”

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