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Los Angeles Convention Center

This Dakar Rally race truck was displayed in Yokohama Tire's exhibit space, located in one of the main lobbies of the LA Convention Center. Small space, great location (just like we told you about Callaway Car's display this year). So when we happened upon this serious looking race truck, tucked into a way-too-small exhibition space to really do it justice, we decided to stop for a moment and take a closer look. It was worth our time; not every night in Los Angeles does one come across a vehicle which had been competitive in the world-famous Dakar Rally and other rallying events in different parts of the globe. As you can also see, the name "Geolandar" is part of the display; that name also tied into the Yokohama Tire connection. As that company's website told us, 'Geolandar' is an entire line of aggressive off-road tires from the gigantic Yokohama corporation. As their website said, "The Geolandar M/T is a Off-Road Maximum Traction light truck tire designed for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles that require extreme off-road capabilities". In spite of saying the tire is "a Off-Road" instead of using the correct word, "an", we imagine Yokohama got a lot of public attention from its use on this vehicle. Japanese race fans love rallying, the more exotic and empty the spaces covered, the better.

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