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.

Team #180 Nicole Pitell-Vaughan and Jessi Combs were the first American team through the dunes.

Team #180 Nicole Pitell-Vaughan and Jessi Combs were the first American team through the dunes.

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.

– has announced that BMW Motorcycles of Escondido has extended it’s commitment to BAJA RALLY through 2015 and will be offering an exclusive “Chasing the BAJA RALLY” adventure package to its VIP customers. BMWMCE was the title sponsor of BAJA RALLY 2.0 last September where the dealer launched its “adventure” package where invited riders embed into the BAJA RALLY with the racers and ride on selected sections of stage routes.


In contrast to previous Mexican 1000 rallies, ultra-high performance vintage machinery like Mark Post’s beautiful Rivera Racing truck will compete with NORRA’s “Evolution” categories thanks to a newly created “Historic Trophy” class. (Brian Binkert photo)

(Agua Dulce, Calif.):  With just over six weeks of preparation time remaining before racers and adventure enthusiasts converge in downtown Ensenada, Baja, Mexico for the 6th Annual NORRA General Tire Mexican 1000, event organizers have announced a updated set of regulations for its various “Vintage” and “Evolution” four-wheel categories. The National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) today also refined two additional classes for this year’s “Happiest Race on Earth.”

Lake Elsinore, Calif.
– Team Kawasaki IMG Motorsports is just weeks away from their debut in the 25th Annual Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles in Morocco Africa, an all female race that doesn’t reward speed, rather a team’s skill at navigating the shortest distance point to point (without the aid of GPS).

Team Kawasaki IMG Motorsports will be challenged with plotting their route using only maps, a plotter and a compass on an unmarked course that can take longer than Sunrise to Sunset to reach the goal checkpoints in the day.  Each morning they will receive their Map along with a Coordinate or Distance and Heading to checkpoint 1 and once there they will recieve a “Road Book” containing geographic coordinates and or headings and distance of the day’s checkpoints and last checkpoint of the day being their Bivouac where they do all they can to recover and prepare for the next day.  The course is completely off-road and redesigned each year, making this rally not just physically exhausting but also mentally taxing.

Despite investing considerable time and financial resources to provide its Vintage categories an entirely separate rally route on Day 1 of the 2015 General Tire Mexican 1000, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) today announced it will return to its tradition of running all two, three and four-wheel competitors down the Pacific side of northern Baja for this year’s event.

(Agua Dolce, Calif.):
Having executed a successful “proof of concept” in 2014, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) today confirmed it will incorporate a three-route rally format for its upcoming General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. The announcement bolsters NORRA’s reputation for hosting “The Happiest Race On Earth,” as the format not only adds a great measure of safety, but also allows race organizers to tailor 1,300-plus miles of rally routes and terrain to better accommodate the wide variety of vehicles expected for this year’s event.

– Hot on the heels of President Akio Toyoda’s announcement that the automaker will be returning to the World Rally Championship (WRC), the Toyota Technical Center Rally Team (TTCRT) is racing headlong into the 2015 season, doubling their Rally-America appearances and adding depth to their stable of drivers, crew and support team.

(Agua Dulce, California)
—  As entries continue to arrive for the 2015 NORRA Mexican 1000 and Cortez Rallies, event officials today released details of a new partnership with Rally Management Services (RMS) for the various motorcycle classes competing in either or both events. All motorcycle classes will be using international-style navigation for the 2015 Cortez Rally, and select two-wheel categories in the 6th annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000.