(Agua Dulce, Calif.): The Bilstein Madonna trophy is recognized around the world as one of the most prestigious awards a racer can achieve. When Bilstein announced they would be presenting a Madonna and two sets of shocks at the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000, many racers took note. The Mexican 1000 is a unique blend of high-performance driving, incredible scenery and world-class adventure in a tough, multi-stage race that honors the roots of Baja racing. Part of the criteria for earning the Madonna award was competing in an authentic vintage vehicle.
READING, Pa. – EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications and the manufacturer of ODYSSEY batteries, will return as an official sponsor of action sports legend Brian Deegan for the fourth consecutive year.
Fort Mill, S.C. – The 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 race has ended at the tip of the Baja peninsula in Cabo and the Caballo del Diablo team, headed by Boyd Jaynes, captured a first-place finish in the Pioneer 4×4 class and earned the coveted Steve McQueen memorial trophy!
Driver, Boyd Jaynes, and copilot, Brian Godfrey, took on the “Evil Mariachi” theme this year and dressed the part, too, complete with mariachi hats.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – SPEED Energy and Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS today announced the inaugural Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge at the legendary Mike’s Sky Ranch in Baja California, Mexico. In honor of 50 years of Baja Racing on the road to Mike’s Sky Ranch, SST has partnered with the Ranch to invite all off-road vehicles – of the two-, three- or four-wheeled varieties – to compete in this challenging hill climb competition.
(San Jose Del Cabo, Baja California): The final stages of the NORRA Mexican 1000 were not merely a formality. Plenty of challenging terrain was in store for competitors as they made their way down the coast from La Paz to the finish in San Jose Del Cabo. Some pulled under the NORRA banner at the finish with hardly a scratch. Others limped in, dirty, broken and barely running. Most notable in its absence was the #72 Trophy Truck of Robert Acer. Acer’s V-drive gave out during the first special stage, leaving him miles from the finish line. Rear engine trucks have the back end of the engine pointing forward. The V-drive redirects the drive shaft back to the rear axle. Without it, the truck doesn’t move. The NORRA Mexican 1000 is the happiest race on earth but it’s also an extremely challenging test of endurance.
(Bahía de Los Ángeles, Baja California): The opening stages of the NORRA Mexican 1000 were like beauty and the beast for competitors. Both the bikes, and the four wheeled competitors ran along the Pacific Coast; taking in spectacular scenery. The ocean contributed to the show with huge surf that crashed onto the jagged coastline. Just off shore, whales could be seen breaching out of the water. Much of the coast section runs along towering cliffs that drop to the surf below, but drivers got a chance to dip their treads into the water as they ran right on the sand in some spots. Don’t think that it was all fun in the sun; the beast would be found on the second half of the 456 mile long course. As they turned east and crossed the width of the peninsula on their way to the Bay of LA, there was plenty of silt and whoops to endure.
Led by veteran champion off-road truck racer Dave Westhem, the winning relationship between Westhem Racing and BFGoodrich Tires has spanned a remarkable 29 years and numerous desert race wins and series championships. Next week, that long-standing partnership will be celebrated at the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000; a vintage-flavored, four-day competition that takes place from April 23 – 27 in Baja, Mexico.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): NORRA is more than just adventure wrapped up in a race down the peninsula. For many who enter the Mexican 1000, it’s time spent with family and friends enjoying the diverse challenges unique to Baja.
Rob and Kyle Usnick are a father and son team who are no strangers to off-road racing. In fact, they enjoy every brutal minute of it. Having started in 2009, Rob has competed in numerous King of the Hammers, the Mint 400, several other SCORE, BITD, BRT and of course the NORRA Mexican 1000 in 2013 and 2015. With a diverse resume, Rob has raced JeepSpeed, rockcrawlers, motorcycles, and UTV’s.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): There are always great stories that come to light during the NORRA, Mexican 1000. With such a diverse group of vintage cars, modern race vehicles, UTVs, motorcycles and prerunners competing this year, the rally has become compelling before the it even begins. Vehicles in the race range from PJ Jones’ Polaris XP1000 to Larry Trim’s 1968 SC/Rambler sedan. Trim raced in 2013 and made plans to return with a vintage racer. His S/C Rambler is a recreation of a car once driven by James Garner. “We had help from a member of the original 1969 build team,” says Trim, “We have made the car as authentic to the original as possible, right down to the airbags in the front coils, and the bias ply super traxion tires. I’ll be trading driving duties with my co driver and business partner Brent Yeadon.”
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): Race for Cash is back. For all competitors who are up for a friendly wager at the NORRA Mexican 1000, the Race for Cash requires a $2000 dollar buy-in and pays the entire pot to the racer with the lowest elapsed time, after penalties, at the finish line in San Jose del Cabo.