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The history of the Baja 1000, dates back to the year of 1962, when two adventurers; Dave Ekins and Bill Robertson Jr., on a pair of Honda motorcycles, started from Tijuana bound for La Paz, being the first challenge of this route. These competitions continued for 5 years, adding the curious custom of using the telegraph office to certify the official times, which today have been changed by the famous checkpoints.
In 1966, the same Dave Ekins won for the second time this competition, which involved his brother Bud and two other riders, names Cliff Colleman and Eddie Mulder, aboard two Triumph 500 motorcycles, and two Triumph 650's.
Eventually the tradition raised the enthusiasm of Ed Pearlman, a San Fernando Valley florist, who asked himself "why do not we organize a race?" Giving birth to the Mexican 1000, on October 31, 1967.
The Baja 1000 is a rally ride format race, which takes place in the desert of the Baja California Peninsula. Traditionally begins in the city of Ensenada and ends in La Paz. It has a distance of just over 1000 miles, for which it got its name.
It is one of the most famous "out of the way" races in the world, since in addition to being the oldest, it is the longest of its kind. The Paris-Dakar rally is more extensive, but it takes place in stages.
Due to its special characteristics it is extremely interesting and exciting, it is a great challenge for the participants to venture into the desert, with its abrupt and unpredictable conditions.
From 1967 to 1973, the race was organized by the National Association of off-field competition, NORRA for its acronym in English; however, in 1974, the government denied permission to this association to organize the event. This, coupled with the fuel crisis of that year, forced to cancel the race.
In 1975, SCORE International, with the sponsorship of Tecate beer, resumed the Baja 1000 as a circuit competition with the start and finish in Ensenada and, in the same year, SCORE was able to make the legendary 1000 mile race to La Paz .
The interest in this race has grown so much that, to date, the participation of runners from all over the world, such as Japan, China, Russia, Germany, France, England, Canada, South Africa, Italy, EU, and Mexico, has increased. , with cars and motorcycles arranged to participate in different categories.
Celebrities such as Steve McQueen, John Clark Gable Jr. and Mark Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher's son, have graced this race over the years, further increasing their international recognition, thanks to the fans who follow them all over the world.
Speaking of Baja 1000 is talking about history, personalities, records, adventures, emotions, anecdotes and pure adrenaline. Speaking of Baja is talking about the best race in the world in a territory that presents both natural beauties and unique challenges.
What to Know?
- On the 40th anniversary of the race, the Automobile Museum of San Diego organized a homage-exhibition of the race. In attendance were those with the most titles, the first competitors, and on display was a replica of the exact Husqvarna 360 motorcycle that Malcolm Smith used in his first run.
- The Baja 1000 has 18 categories for cars, 5 for motorcycles and two for vehicles called quads.
- In the world of automobile racing it is acknowledged that the Baja 1000 is the mother of all off-road races on the planet.
- The American Rod Hall, with 21 victories, is the driver who holds the record for the most wins.
- There is only one person who has driven in all 44 editions of the race. His name is … You guessed it! Rod Hall. Today, he is 75 years old and he is originally from Reno, Nevada.
- Today, the Baja 1000 welcomes drivers from all over the world. In the 2012 edition, 20 countries were represented, among them Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, South Korea, Denmark, Egypt, the United States, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Norway.
- According to your calculations, how long does it take for the drivers to get from Ensenada to La Paz? … The average time is around 20 hours. The organizers of the event are proud to present a special prize called the Sal Fish Iron Rider for those who attempt the course completely alone.
- The final point of the recommendations that are given to the drivers says:
- -Driving in an unsafe manner will place the driver at risk of dealing with the Mexican police. It will also subject the team to a penalty during the race.
- -Think and act wisely while driving, in place of lamenting your dangerous actions later. Use good judgement.
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