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Humanity Does Jordan Rally (MERC)

That’s right! We got to work at the Jordan Rally (MERC) as Safety and Radio marshalls for two days straight, and we had a freakin’ blast (that came with a complimentary khat-nawar tan) standing only meters away from some of the region’s best drivers. We’re gonna jabber less and show you more pics, because we know that’s how you like it!

Most of the Safety Cars were 4x4s, we had the pleasure of driving a Hyundai accent (not a 4×4)

The safety crew getting in position
The safety crew getting in position

This dude is Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah. He won nine of the day’s 10 timed special stages. NINE. He was our favorite, and damn can this man swerve with ease on even the hardest curves.

Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah
This is the only picture we didn’t take ourselves. It’s also the coolest picture we have. Yeah, we’re not professional photographers.

We were a team of two safety members. One handled the radio and the other one handled crowd control and media. Marlboro didn’t pay us for this picture… Or did they?

The other safety dude
The other safety dude.

No photoshop and no instagram filters. HCW shows you the Jordan Rally as it is. (God, we almost sound like a lying news station.)

This dude was driving Car Number 11, if that's important to you.
This dude was driving Car Number 11, if that’s important to you.

Every time a car passes, we’re greeted with a sand storm like the one below, plus a blitz of rocks that spray on you. We tried telling the photographers to stand behind the mesh for their own safety and they greeted it with laughter… Until they saw this.

Imagine standing 2 meters away from this every 2 minutes for 2 days... And you'll get a feel of what we looked like in the end.
Imagine standing 2 meters away from this every 2 minutes for 2 days… And you’ll get a feel of what we looked like in the end.

Right before the second Yatruk run, we had to pause for these goats. These little dudes were as determined to cross the road as the rally cars were.

goats in merc

Ain’t a proper Rally break without two apples.

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Fast cars, good burgers, tasty Argeeleh… That’s exactly how you should spend a Friday

This next dude was SO close to crashing into the mesh on that next hard curve.

Don't drink and drive. Smoke and fly... Actually don't do either of those things.
Don’t drink and drive. Smoke and fly… Actually don’t do either of those things.

Flying too close for comfort was this bro, just checking that everything is A-OKAY.

helicopter rally
“GET TO THE CHOPPPPA!”… No? Okay.

Driving a FORD FIESTA RRC in the photo below was Abdulla Al-Qasmi. This was taken on the final day in the Turki track.

This dude drove so fast, a rock hit me in the elbow as soon as he passed. I'm not sure I like him.
This dude drove so fast, a rock hit me in the elbow as soon as he passed. I’m not sure I like him.

Dude. Why do you look like you’re about to piss?

We don't know.
We don’t know. We’re definitely gonna be back next year, though!

The results (which we don’t really care about as much as seeing cool cars drive at high-speed):

Top 10 2014 Jordan Rally – positions after SS11:

1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT) – Ford Fiesta RRC
2. Khalid Al-Qassimi (ARE)Citroën DS3.
3. Abdullah Al-Qassimi (ARE) – Ford Fiesta RRC.
4. Marouf Abu Samra (JOR) – Skoda Fabia S2000.
5. Salah Bin Eidan (KWT) – Ford Fiesta R5.
6. Husam Salem (JOR)-  Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII.
7. Ala’a Rasheed (JOR) – Ford Fiesta RRC.
8. Abdullah Al-Kuwari (QAT) – Ford Fiesta R5.
9. Mohamed Al-Mutawaa (ARE) – Citroën DS3 R3.
10. Meshari Al-Thefiri (KWT) – Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.

About

Walid Dib is the co-founder of Humanity Can Wait. He is currently in his last semester studying Water Engineering at the German Jordanian university.