Upland, CA – For those of you familiar with the vintage 1957 Chevrolet sedan bodied desert racing car known as the Rippin Rooster, rest assured that it will be back better than ever when the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 takes place April 23-27. If you are not familiar with the car, owned by racer Jim Riley, you should check out the story of the 2015 NORRA race in the January 2016 issue of Hot Rod Magazine, or a lengthy 11 page story in Roadkill Magazine issue #2, on the newsstands now. You will also find stories at several online magazines, and posts to Face Book: Jim Riley, Twitter: @azuniajim or Instagram: @jimriley68 and @jimrileyracing.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): The pre-registration program for the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 allows competitors to secure their race number and starting position early with flexible payment options. Those competitors who pay in full at any time during pre-registration (September 15th – December 31st 2015) will be able to select their room in Bahia de Los Angeles until they are sold out. In keeping with NORRA tradition, registration will open at noon (PST) January 1st 2016 with no deposit or payments plans available and the remainder (*if any) of the Bahia de Los Angeles rooms will released in the order that registrations are completed at that time.
LA PAZ, Mexico – After capturing the inaugural Pro Unlimited Class of the NORRA Mexican 1000 on Thursday, Robby Gordon and his HST Gordini race car, specifically built for the Dakar Rally, stayed in the La Paz, Mexico area for the weekend and entered the Dos Mares 500 off-road race, where the Gordini captured another overall title.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico – Robby Gordon won the inaugural Pro Unlimited Class of the NORRA Mexican 1000 Wednesday in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, but rather than a trophy it was his spectacular Gordini that had the driver excited at the end of the four-day 1,334-mile off-road rally.
(Agua Dulce, California) — As teams and crews make final preparations before Saturday’s start of the 6th annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000, today the sanctioning body released the final GPS files and downloadable Roadbooks on the website. The announcement is in keeping with Mexican 1000 tradition, as teams participating in the trans-Baja rally are not allowed to pre-run per NORRA rules and regulations.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): To the off-road racing community, the passing of Hollywood leading man, film actor and television icon James Garner last July marked another loss to the sport’s fading passage of its original roots.
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.
(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.”
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): One of the “fuels” behind the what has often been described as the “Happiest Race on Earth,” is the hospitality and camaraderie found after each day’s competition and at the various pre and post-event celebrations. With that in mind, is it that surprising that a Baja, Mexico based-rally like the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 has an “Official Tequila?”
Agua Dulce, Calif.: With pre-rally entries at record levels, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) today released a final event schedule for its fifth annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. NORRA and its unique, vintage-flavored, on and-off road rally will cover 1,300+ miles over four days starting in Ensenada, Mexicali, Baja, Mexico on May 10th and finishing in the world-class resort destination of San Jose Del Cabo on Wednesday, May 14th.
For the first time in its history, the Mexican 1000 will start in the host city of Ensenada, Baja, Mexico, just two hours south of downtown San Diego. Much of the pre-race activity will center around Ensenada’s iconic Riviera Cultural Center, including Saturday’s General Tire “Round-Up” of historic and vintage race cars, trucks and sedans, the “Bilstein Shock Absorber Tech Inspection” and the “Walker Evans Racing Driver’s Meeting and Welcome Fiesta.”