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Day 1 of racing kicked off at the 50th anniversary of the NORRA Mexican 1000. Today’s course that travelled from Ensenada to San Felipe had a little bit of everything. Even before the bikes and cars left the line there was an incredible atmosphere. Watching every type and year of vehicle approach the line was a treat for anyone who loves offroad racing. So many unique vehicles compete in the Mexican 1000. Interesting bikes included the sidecar entry of Chris Kemp with monkey Joe Delucie, and the couple riding double again this year, Kevin and Michelle Busch.

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– The year was 1967. The place was the Tijuana Bullring By The Sea. The occasion was an eclectic group of pioneers gathering for the first professional off-road race in history – the inaugural NORRA Mexican 1000.

Rubbin is Racing
Unless you’re a track and field athlete or a speed skater, you’ve probably heard the phrase “rubbing is racing.” In desert racing, there are no umpires or officials to call foul, and if you’re one to get bent out of shape when someone brushes you on their way by during an off-road race, you might want to consider an alternative sport.

MORE RACING: 2016 SCORE Baja 1000 Recap

Here’s some serious race rubbing on this high-speed section.

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(Agua Dulce, Calif.):
In an effort to improve the registration and planning process for 2017 competitors, NORRA is rolling out a new pre-registration program that will be launched on the NORRA website today at noon (PST) on Thursday, September 15th 2016.

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The Monster Energy Trail of Missions presented by BFGoodrich Tires is a tough off-road adventure that shares the beauty of the people and places in Baja California while focusing on the history of the majestic land.

Herbst Landshark Truggy
The Herbst Truggy was a vehicle that truly pushed the limits of off-road desert racing. It helped redefine the concept of “Unlimited” restrictions in Class 1, and in some ways it truly embraced the idea that a pretty looking race car has about the same value on a race course as a blown engine.

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Entries from all across the United States and around Mexico are expected as online registration for the upcoming 1st Annual Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge is underway – and if you note the details below, there’s a “rental car” class!

In honor of the 50 years of Baja Racing on the road to Mike’s Sky Rancho, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS has partnered with the Ranch to invite all off-road vehicles – of the two, three or four wheeled varieties – to compete in this one of a kind challenging hill climb competition.

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(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.

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(Agua Dulce, Calif.):
The entire NORRA family wishes to recognize the passing of Doña Anita Grosso de Espinoza, known to racers and world travelers as “Mama Espinoza.” Over the many years, countless NORRA racers and Baja adventurers were fortunate enough to make her acquaintance and enjoy her generous hospitality. The restaurant she ran with her family for over 40 years was check point one at the very first Mexican 1000 back in 1967. Mama Espinoza’s has always been the place to fuel up and get a delicious meal before heading farther south on the Peninsula.

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Rob MacCachren and Andy McMillin were winners of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 in 2015. Check out the entire race on Sunday. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

RENO, Nev., USA — Putting an exclamation point on the conclusion of the captivating five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship, the CBS Sports Network will present a weekend of SCORE—re-airing the first four races highlighted by Sunday’s special two-hour premier show of the 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000.