(Agua Dulce, Calif.): Event organizers for the 6th annual NORRA General Tire Mexican 1000 will be the first to tell you – putting together the logistics for a five day motorcycle, four day car, truck and buggy, 1,300-plus mile romp through Mexico’s Baja peninsula is never easy. There are myriad of details to confirm, crews to assemble and a sombrero full of details to finalize.
GREENVILLE, S.C. – BFGoodrich Tires has named 25 champion racers and automotive enthusiasts to its prestigious 2015 BFGoodrich Tire Performance Team. This year’s group comprises elite motorsports superstars, key industry partners and market influencers, all of whom share the BFGoodrich Tires passion for driving.
The team will demonstrate the performance of BFGoodrich Tires in activities ranging from grassroots recreational events to the extremes of international motorsports competition, including on- and off-road racing, rock crawling, and custom car building.
“BFGoodrich enthusiasts demand high performance at every extreme, from a technical rock crawl to racing at more than 100 miles per hour on- or off-road,” said Duane Thomas, brand communications manager for BFGoodrich Tires. “BFGoodrich has defined and led this category for four decades. We are respected as experts among those who view tires and performance vehicles as the source of their adventures.”
Offering high-performance Sunoco race fuel in 100, 110 (Standard) or 112 (Supreme) octane grades, Auto Sports Baja offers pre-ordered Sunoco in either 55 gallon drums or by the gallon.** Fuel will be distributed on Saturday, April 25th at NORRA’s Ensenada Tech and Contingency day.
Irvine, Calif. – Kawasaki IMG Motorsports drivers Sara Price and Erica Sacks accepted one of the toughest challenges in all of motorsport when they entered the 2015 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. Dubbed the #TeryxGirls, Price and Sachs signed up to navigate through Northern Africa in their Kawasaki Teryx while plotting their course on maps from the 1960’s. The #TeryxGirls were one of 158 teams competing from 13 different countries and are the first U.S. based team to compete in the Quad/Moto/SSV class at the rally. After a roller coaster trip though the desert, the #TeryxGirls finished seventh in their debut and collected the prize for highest finishing first time competitors in their class.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): For one of the first times in its colorful history, Ensenada’s beautiful but private Horsepower Ranch will open its doors to all Mexican 1000 and Cortez Rally participants on Friday, April 24th beginning at 4:00pm. Located just a few miles east of downtown Ensenada, the 140-acre facility will host the official finish and award’s party for the inaugural Cortez Rally, along with a gathering of newly restored and historically significant NORRA Vintage class vehicles. Additionally, NORRA officials will provide early team/driver/crew registration for the 6th annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 (Essaouira, Morocco) - The 25th edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles wrapped in Essaouira, Morocco on April 4th with its finest celebrations to date. 158 teams plus sponsors and organizers were treated to fireworks, a fine prize giving ceremony and a black tie gala celebration set against the backdrop of the 18th century medina.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — In three weeks two-time Dakar class winner Darren Skilton and his partner Scott Whitney will fulfill a dream of organizing a rally that gives racers a chance to experience racing stages with real dunes and true navigation. Skilton has been working for several years with Whitney, a former Dakar competitor and road book expert, to organize the first event and offer Meixco’s largely unknown terrain to North American racers.
For the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA), the mantra for its General Tire Mexican 1000 rally revolves around two distinctive elements – customer service and giving their clients a great time while racing down the Baja peninsula.
After skirting around the Erg Chebbi dunes for the last three days, competitors finally got the chance to tackle them Saturday morning. Striking and magnificent, Erg Chebbi are the tallest dunes in Morocco and less than 100 kilometers from the Algerian border. Not only did majestic dunes present the Gazelles with challenging driving conditions, but rewarded them with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
“It was intense–literally and figuratively,” said Sarah Saxten of Team #175. “There were peaks and valleys—emotionally and physically, and they seemed to come pretty close together.”
Erfoud, Morocco–After battling heavy snowstorms over the Atlas Mountains on Tuesday, competitors finally reached Erfoud, Morocco—the gateway to the Sahara Desert–to take the start line for the 25th edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles on Wednesday afternoon.