(San Juan Capistrano, Calif.,) ~ Parnelli Jones and Rob MacCachren, two of off-road racing’s most legendary names, will be celebrated next month for the 2015 Baja Legacy celebration at Ensenada’s Horsepower Ranch. Produced by historian Marty Fiolka and off-road entrepreneur Todd Clement since 2003, the Baja Legacy events celebrate the rich tradition of Mexican off-road racing, which officially began with the 1967 NORRA Mexican 1000. Many of the sport’s biggest names (see below) have been inducted into ranch’s Hall of Fame, with the event hosting over 1,000 guests.
Almost three years in the making and supported by General Tire, Oakley and the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA), Baja Social Club stars motorcycle legend Malcolm Smith, off-road legend Walker Evans, dune buggy inventor Bruce Meyers and inaugural NORRA Mexican 1000 winner Vic Wilson. The 60-minute documentary film is being directed by James Masters and was created by Executive Producer Marty Fiolka.
Thanks to newly uncovered theatrical Hollywood-quality film footage not seen since 1968, the Baja Social Club trailer includes appearances by an incredible “who’s who” of motorsports names including James Garner, Mickey Thompson, Parnelli Jones, Bob Bondurant, Scooter Patrick and even Dave Despain. Also included are off-road icons Robby Gordon, Rod Hall, Johnny Johnson, Larry Minor, Larry Bergquist, Lynn Chenowth and Andy DeVercelly Jr.
SAN CLEMENTE, CA – Azuñia Tequila launches 1971 teaser with the full 12-minute short film releasing soon. The short encapsulates the adventures of two teams Snortin’ Nortin and Rippin’ Rooster as they take on the treacherous Mexican Baja peninsula. This piece takes you on an adventures unlike anything captured before on film.
“Off-road racing is one of the core pillars of the Azuñia brand,” said Jim Riley, CEO, Azuñia. “The NORRA Mexican 1000 is Gumball meets the wild west of Baja. We wanted to capture all the imagery, randomness and shenanigans during the race for everyone to enjoy.”
Reno, Nev. (May 23, 2013) – The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) announced today the 2013 Class of Inductees. The late Larry Bergquist, Bob Chandler, Frank DeAngelo, Jerry Herbst and Bob “The Weatherman” Steinberger will have their names added to the venerable list of those who have committed their lives to the off-road community.
The five inductees’ extensive accomplishments cover a number of arenas in the sport including off-road racing, pioneers of the industry and for the first time: special achievement.
Their legacies will be celebrated and displayed for the public in Gallery Four within the famed National Automobile Museum – the Harrah Collection – located in Reno, Nev. They join names synonymous with the sport including Parnelli Jones, Malcolm Smith, Steve McQueen, James Garner, Walker Evans, Rod Hall as well as many others who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes making the sport prosper and grow.
Los Angeles, Calif. (April, 2013) – To prove the durability of its motorcycles, American Honda sent a CL72 Scrambler on a 950 mile trek through rocks, sand washes, dry lake beds, mountain passes and paved roads. Fifty years later, that 1960s run is remembered for initiating one of the most significant off-road races for both two and four wheeled vehicles in the world—the Baja 1000.
Legendary racers Dave Ekins and Parnelli Jones will help the Petersen Automotive Museum honor Baja with a tribute dinner, one-day off road show, and summer-long exhibition: Braving Baja, 1,000 Miles to Glory, presented by American Honda Motorcycle Division.
Legendary Baja racing champion and San Diego-based homebuilder Mark McMillin has been named by the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) as the honorary Grand Marshal for this year’s upcoming General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. The unique fourth annual on and off-road rally is set to kick off this Saturday, April 27th in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico and will conclude at lands-end in San Jose Del Cabo on May 1.
Mark McMillin’s Grand Marshal role places him in an elite group of previous icons of the sport and industry who have enjoyed the honor. Two-time overall champion of the original NORRA Mexican 1000 rally (1971 and 1972) and Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones served as Grand Marshal in 2010, while original four-wheel Baja recor d holder and inventor of the fiberglass dune buggy Bruce Meyers was honored the following year. Highly popular motorsports television host and Baja enthusiast Dave Despain enjoyed his time as the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Grand Marshal last year.
Pomona, Calif. — (September 21, 2012) The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) announced the 2012 Class of Inductees in late July. The late Roy Denner, Casey Folks and Larry Roeseler will have their names added to the venerable list of those who have committed their lives to the off-road community. This year’s inductees will be honored Friday, October 5, in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo in Pomona, California.
The three inductees’ extensive accomplishments cover a number of arenas in the sport including advocacy, promotion and racing. Their legacies will be celebrated and displayed for the public in Gallery Four within the famed National Automobile Museum – the Harrah Collection, located in Reno, NV. They join names synonymous with the sport including Parnelli Jones, Malcolm Smith, Steve McQueen, James Garner, Walker Evans and Rod Hall as well as many names who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes making the sport prosper and grow.