Dakar Rally Almost Ends in Desert Disaster, Asylum Perseveres

Before crossing the finish line of the 2010 Dakar rally, Asylum's Brett McKenzie and the Volkswagen motorsports team had to cross one of the driest, most inhospitable places on Earth: the Atacama desert. This is the third and final episode of Asylum's Dakar rally adventure, and it offers up some survival tips for liberating your vehicle from desert sand as well as how to siphon gas. All this and m...

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Asylum Sets Up Camp With Dakar Rally Racers in the Andes Mountains

For part two of Asylum's behind-the-scenes look at the Dakar rally race, correspondent Brett McKenzie traveled with the Volkswagen Motorsports team through the Andes Mountains to reach the Bivouac at Copiapo, Chile. Just in case you didn't know, a Bivouac is a place where you can do all sorts of things -- service your vehicle, grab some food, or get some rest camping out with 2,500 other people in...

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Asylum Takes on Dakar -- The Most Grueling Off-Roading on the Planet

The most extreme adventure in motorsports, The Rally Dakar, is rolling through South America at this very moment. For its 552 competitors, it's not only the toughest race in the world but an extraordinary test of endurance. Asylum sent Brett McKenzie to last year's Dakar, where he traveled 5,000 miles across the deserts and mountains of Argentina and Chile with the Volkswagen Motorsport team. ...

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The Integratron -- A Sound Bath House Commissioned by 'Space People'

Deep in the Mojave Desert is an odd, dome-shaped wood-and-fiberglass building measuring 38 feet high and 55 feet in diameter. Legend has it that aircraft mechanic George Van Tassel built the structure, known as the Integratron, in the 1950s at the behest of extraterrestrials. Today, operators claim it's the only acoustically perfect sound chamber in the U.S. They offer visitors "sound baths," whic...

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