Dakar Rally to get going in Peru and Argentina amid fears for desert fossils

A scrutineer makes final checks on a vehicle. Photo: Reuters

The Dakar Rally kicks off its 34th edition today with question marks over the gruelling 8,400-kilometre event's environmental impact and safety record.

Saturday, 5 January, 2013, 3:09am

Gay rights activist challenges ban on dancing at protest

A gay rights protester who was among a group stopped from dancing during a rally last year because police said they needed a licence to provide 'entertainment' took the case to court yesterday.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rally organisers ask police to lay down ground rules

Organisers of the annual July 1 protest march have accused the police of not laying down clear ground rules to avoid confrontation and chaos.

The rally's organisers met police yesterday and asked for specific conditions in which officers would take action against protesters.

28 May 2011 - 12:00am

Slow-drive rally against car park fees

More than 10 cars and trucks took part in a slow-drive protest yesterday against The Link's decision to increase car park fees. The protest was organised by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. The Link increased fees at its 2,000 car parks by between 3.6 per cent and 6 per cent from Friday last week, the DAB said.

4 May 2009 - 12:00am

Spokes on the water

It's a trek to the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade and it can be sweltering when you get there, but the new harbourside walkway seems an ideal site for a car show.

19 May 2007 - 12:00am

Wheels of Fortune

Maximillion Cooper, founder of the Gumball Rally, explains how what started as an excuse for a party is now a global extravaganza - from Thailand to Croatia.

4 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Political Animal

All and sundry answer rallying cry by cashing in

The turnout for Saturday's pro-democracy rally may not have been very impressive, but it didn't stop political parties and civic groups from raking in the dollars to help their causes.

4 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

A trip back in time

Classic European cars are lined up at the InterContinental hotel yesterday before a 10-day 2,500km rally across southern China.

The old world was set to meet the new as 20 Jaguar, Austin Healey, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce cars built between 1930 and 1965 left for Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Guilin - the first time most would have been seen there.

23 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Drivers and riders rally round to keep relief effort in top gear

More than 200 enthusiasts raise $500,000 for Indonesian and Sri Lankan victims

More than 240 cars and bikes from 20 clubs convened in Chater Road for the SHK Speed is of the Essence drive to raise money for tsunami victims yesterday morning.

17 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Don't lose the message in the numbers game

One person walking is exercise. Millions walking is a movement. This is the punch line of an online advertisement for a public-health programme that promotes walking in the United States.

The message is simple and clear: it will make a world of difference if a significant number of people act in unison for a common cause.

18 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Rally's impact

What does the big turnout at the June 4 rally in Victoria Park signify for the future of Hong Kong? Share your views: write to us.

6 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

June 4 turnout

The largest crowd since 1997 turned out for Sunday's pre-June 4 rally. Critics say the march is more about current politics than commemoration. What is your opinion? Share your thoughts: write to us.

1 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Vigil's dismal turnout can't hold a candle to July 1 fireworks

The pro-democratic camp probably thinks it is keeping up the momentum for political change, but it actually looks more like they are losing it fast.

10 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

What is to be gained from further rallies?

What further response from the chief executive do the participants of the July 1 march and July 9 rally - and another rally planned today - expect? Dismantling of the administration and direct elections?

Even if 500,000 marched on July 1, it could not represent the majority opinion and the significance of it was and is arguable at best.

13 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Licence to thrill

JIM ATKINSON has covered some of the world's harshest terrains at break-neck speeds. He has sped along gravel roads that cut through the gruelling African desert, skimmed across muddy tropical rainforests and navigated Sweden's icy roads. But, until a couple of weeks ago, he had trouble parallel parking.

29 Sep 2002 - 12:00am