Over 40 years in the running, the Roof of Africa is still one of the most brutal off-road races on earth.
Set in the rough terrain of the South African kingdom of Lesotho, the 2009 Roof has been condensed into 82
minutes of intense race action, and the DVD is nothing short of impressive. It’s tough to imagine how the
camera crew was able to capture so many pivotal lead changes, but they did and it makes for nail-biting
action. The narration is good, yet the film still breaks from the pure documentary format for several
minutes of excellent action footage. The storyline takes quite a few tangents, and for the most part they
are interesting and appropriate-the Elmer Symons segment is a bit of a tearjerker, too. There are some
neat split-screen shots of the pros, and you really get a feel for what these guys go through in such an
arduous event. From Chris Birch’s and Andreas Lettenbichler’s daring charges to the persistent efforts of
local racer Sootho Matala, there is a lot of emotion captured in this DVD. In all fairness, I have to
caution you on the not-so-G-rated names of a few of the race sections, but other than that I think this is
a wicked video for any hard-core enduro fan’s collection.
|Suitability for children||7/10|