Thierry Sabine (1949-1986)The Dakar Rally originally started for the first time in Paris 1978. Originator Thierry Sabine got lost on the Libian desert in 1977, which inspired him to organize this now legendary race, so that people could “tame the desert”. Every year the race is held in the first weeks of January. Although the Race nowadays is held totally in South America, the race is still known as “The Dakar” or “Paris-Dakar”.
Toyota Land Cruiser Auto Body team, but the Mudman model has been upgraded last year. When you look at the TLC-Auto Body Gallery, you’ll notice that the team is wearing the new GW-9300 Mudman, a perfect choice for this desert rally. The TLC Auto Body team drives with two cars in the Dakar rally. Car 341 is driven by Jun Mitsuhashi (JP,1970) with Alain Guehennec (FR,1954) as Navigator, car 343 is driven by Nicolas Gibon (FR, 1981) with Akira Miura (JP, 1983) as Navigator. According the team, the Compass and Thermometer function of the GW-9300 is very useful for the Navigator, but let us concentrate on the G-9000TLC.
When I heard about a red Mudman coming out, I knew I had to have it. I love red and yellow G-Shocks. I think that this TLC model is maybe the best looking Mudman in the G-9000 style range. Specially the choice of leaving the display plate black instead of white (the TLC color scheme is red/white), makes this red watch look good. The white accents come from the lettering and the white TLC logo. Col detail, the G-9000 Mudman was the first model with a “Dual-Illuminator”. This does mean that not only the display lights up, but also the lettering on the face plate. This way it’s easy to read the functions of the buttons in the dark. It’s a pity this Dual Illuminator is not used on many models. It’s not only cool, but in my opinion, also pretty functional.
You should almost forget the watch has a World Time mode, which can of course be handy if you drive rally’s all over the world. It shows times in 48 cities in 29 different time zones.