GARY....This is indeed breaking news. The first Irish team to compete in the Dakar Rally with a support vehicle full of Guiness driven by a raven haired Irish lass I hope.
As far as credentials, for years I had an Irish-Cherokee girlfriend, she was, like many other Irish-American beauties abducted by aliens. They certainly have good taste in women. Opps, sorry can I have another Guinnes?
And if having an Irish-Cherokee girlfriend doesn't qualify me.... my Italian Grandfather owned a construction company, in Philadelphia, with the Irish Father of famous Irish American actress Grace Kelly.
Anyway, Elisa and I live in Buenos Aires, in Palermo Hollywood, the barrio where hundreds of Argentine actors, directors and other such folks live. Palermo Hollywood is very close to La Rual where the Darker was staged earlier this year. The 2009 rally actually began in Saladillo, not in Buenos Aires.
For a few Guiness, I will hit as many Irish pubs, and there are many, as in everywhere... in Buenos Aires, and pass the word to all the Irish and Irish lovers I meet, that the Irish team will be competing in the Dakar. And, if you e-mail me a poster of your team, I will print copies and post them in all the Irish pubs I find. Maybe some of these pubs will sponsor you...
To impress everyone I'll let slip out my substantial credentials. oh yeah, I'm sure every one will be impressed. Right?
Also, you can google Irish Pubs in Buenos Aires and contact the pubs directly for support and to get the word out.
Don't forget to contact the Irish embassy here, diplomats love cultural events, they get extra travel money and per diem to participate in cultural events.
Also, find any Irish products/services being sold in Argentina, contact these Irish Argentine companies and offer them sponsorships. I might be able to help here too.
And, if you will allow www.Xfiltrate.com - Professional Motorcycle Parking
(professional motorcycle parking in Buenos Aires) would love to be one of your sponsors, perhaps not with a bundle of bucks, but with good will and a promise to do all we can to help you find more funding.
As I said, we live very near the Dakar action, and will probably follow the 2010 Dakar on our motorcycles, and we will cheer you on.
I was thinking of a slogan for you, how about "The Irish are Coming" nah, that is too sexually oriented, how about "FOUR LEAF ROVERS"
instead of "four leaf clovers" in spanish the closest we could come up with is "EL DAKAR DE CUARTO HOJAS". CHEERS
Lift a pint for us.
Eat, Drink and Be Careful xfiltrate