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Get a sneak preview of Race to Dakar - August 23rd 2006


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    Fans of the legendary Dakar Rally can get a sneak preview of the forthcoming Race to Dakar television series thanks to a special event at Vue cinemas nationwide. The Adventure Film Festival will take place from 11-23 September and will include screenings from some of the world's top adventure film producers.

    One of the highlights of the festival will be a 20-minute preview of Race to Dakar - the television series that documents the trials and tribulations of the BMW Motorrad 2006 Race to Dakar team.

    Each night of the five-day event is dedicated to a different category of adventure film - Endurance, Storm Force, Ocean, High Altitude and On the Edge. The special Race to Dakar preview will be shown as part of the Endurance Adventure night on 11 September. It will be billed along with a 45-minute version of the incredibly popular Long Way Round series that featured Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's global odyssey on their BMW R1150 GS Adventures.

    Race to Dakar is an account of the extraordinary journey of Charley Boorman, who competed in the 2006 Euromilhões Lisbon to Dakar Rally. Charley was one of three riders in the BMW Race to Dakar team, which also included accomplished off-road rider Matt Hall and Dakar veteran Simon Pavey. The rally is arguably one of the toughest sporting events in the world and this unique film follows Dakar rookie Charley and his team-mates through the entire experience. This includes the physical and mental training, preparation of the BMW F650 GS Dakar bikes, practice races, team logistics and, of course, the rally itself. Race to Dakar is an awe-inspiring film that offers an insight into the drama, determination, camaraderie, passion and spirit involved in the legendary Dakar Rally.

    Eighteen cinemas across the national Vue network will be hosting the full five-day Nissan Adventure Film Festival schedule, which includes the Race to Dakar preview. Thirty-six cinemas will run a one-night schedule called Ultimate Adventures, which will include only Long Way Round, chronicling Charley and Ewan's round-the-world trip on BMW R1150 GS Adventure motorbikes. All the films will be shown using high-quality digital projection for the best possible viewing experience.

    Following the preview at the film festival, the full Race to Dakar TV series will be airing on Sky Two from mid-October. A Race to Dakar book will be released by Time Warner on 21 September.

    Those wishing to find out more information on the Adventure Film Festival should visit www.adventurefest.co.uk to view cinema listings, locate their nearest Vue cinema or to book tickets. Details of Race to Dakar can be found at www.racetodakar.com. For more information on BMW motorcycles, visit www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk or call 0800 777 155.