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February 27, 2018 (Agua Dulce, Calif.): The NORRA Mexican 1000 continues to grow in popularity every year. "The Happiest Race On Earth!” is unlike any other event in the world. The minute early registration began, the entries poured in. The field has grown to over 240 race cars, trucks, UTV’s, and motorcycles; there is a class for everyone. If you haven’t entered yet, you better hurry, there is still time if you act now. It may be hard to believe after the incredible 50th anniversary event last year that the Mexican 1000 could get bigger and better, but that’s the case.
There are many unique entries that are out for adventure in this year’s Mexican 1000. Motorcycles of all types compete in the rally. In the modern open class you will find the typical Husky’s, KTM’s, Honda’s, Yamaha’s, a Husaberg; even a 2000 Harley Davidson Sportster. With 5 riders registered on the Harley team, it’s clear they mean business. Nobody at "The Happiest Race On Earth!” has more fun than Kevin and Michele Busch. Each time they have entered, they completed the course while riding double on their Honda XR 650 R motorcycle. After the rally is over, they jump back on their bike and ride home.
At five strong, the 2000 Harley Davidson Sportster team is in it, to win it! This is the third year in a row that the Busch duo has enthusiastically entered the rally to double down the Baja Peninsula.
The car classes are just as diverse. Everyone loves the vintage cars and trucks that compete. There are many iconic race vehicles entered. The early cars are living examples of the evolution in design that has taken place over the last 50 years. For those who love factory sheet metal, there are a ton of early Bronco’s and trucks from Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, International, Nissan, Jeep, and Toyota. In the stock production cars class, we have the Rippin Rooster 57 Chevy, a pair of cool Porsches, and the S/C Rambler driven by Zach Eichler, and Larry Trim. UTV’s total 38 entries so far, with machines from Polaris, Can-Am, Yamaha, and Arctic Cat. No Mexican 1000 would be complete without a strong contingent of VW based cars. In addition to the custom built race chassis, there will be plenty of Baja Bugs and the Meyers Manx has its own class with 5 entries. One battle to watch is the RV class. That’s right, the RV class in the Mexican 1000 goes all the way back to the late 60’s when the Condor motorhome built by Bill Stroppe was raced. This year, a pair of VW Vanagons will see who gets to Cabo first.
Diversity is the spice of life! In no other race on the planet, could you imagine seeing such an eclectic variety of purpose built race vehicles. It's all a part of "The Happiest Race On Earth!" experience and adds another dimension to expect the unexpected!
For many, it’s not about who finishes first, but rather who has the most fun at the stops along the way. Adding an overnight stay in San Felipe was a popular addition to the schedule last year, and there are more exciting changes for 2018. The final day of racing has always been a combination of exhaustion and elation. In order to fully enjoy the awards ceremony and banquet, they will take place the following day. The change is to allow everyone to enjoy the immediate aftermath of the race, and then get a good night’s sleep before the big party. The party will be even bigger and better this year; stay tuned for all the latest developments. For information on entering the race, and the latest news, go to www.norra.com
Want To Get A Head Start?
Login to your existing NORRA account, or create a new NORRA account at www.norra.com/member/member_home.php. Have picture images (.jpg, .bmp, or .png) of your Driver's License, Passport and Health Insurance Card ready to upload to your profile. Have your race radio frequency handy as well as your emergency contact phone numbers. Determine what category your vehicle should be competing in (refer to 2018 rules at www.norra.com/rules_current.php). Update and complete the 'My Profile' and 'My Vehicle' sections of your account. Once, pre-registration opens, it should be as easy as selecting your vehicle and choosing your preference of payment option. Upon completion of registration you will receive a confirmation email and see your entry online.
Please review 2018 Rules and Categories as some details have progressed- www.norra.com/rules_current.php.
Questions - Contact NORRA? www.norra.com/contact.php
Profile/Vehicle Entry Details:
In order for your Team/Vehicle to be highlighted for this year's event - complete all information about your entry and submit photos when registering. (See details below) Incomplete information and/or lack of photos may result in your registration not being shown nor listed in association with the 2018 YOKOHAMA NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally.
- Vehicle Number
- Vehicle Name
- Vehicle Model/Manufacturer (Supply Picture(s)*
- Team Name
- Engine, Trans, Fuel Specs
- Brief History of Vehicle
- Driver Of Record Name, From, About (Supply Picture)*
- Co-Driver(s) Name, From, About (Supply Picture(s)*
- Special Thanks - Sponsors, Family, Etc.
* PHOTOS: Photos should be cleared with any outside photographer before submitting! (NORRA is not to be held responsible for unlicensed photos.) Please submit 1-3 digital photos of your vehicle in .JPG or .PNG formats. Photos should clearly show vehicle being entered. Along with photo for Driver and Co-Driver(s). File size should be around 800 pixels wide (or larger) and at least 72 dpi (or higher). In doubt? Submit the highest file size possible that is able to be sent via email. Photos will be used in your drivers profile on the NORRA.com website as well as for entry stingers posted on Facebook and Instagram as shown below -
Need A Place To Stay Along The Way?
For registered teams that need help securing accommodations, BajaVoyager, a leader in desert race support and personalized concierge services throughout Baja, has been chosen as the exclusive provider for accommodations for the 2018 YOKOHAMA NORRA Mexican 1000 race. This is the fourth consecutive year that BajaVoyager has played an important role in logistical support for the event. Since 1989, BajaVoyager has been coordinating and organizing travel, events, and accommodations for tourists and off-road racers. Make sure you make your reservations as soon as possible. More information can be found at www.bajavoyager.com.
2018 YOKOHAMA NORRA MEXICAN 1000
Friday April 20th
(Welcome Fiesta / Pre-registration / Tech)
Saturday April 21st
(Registration / Tech / Drivers Meeting)
Sunday April 22nd
Ensenada ~ San Felipe
Monday April 23rd
San Felipe ~ Guerrero Negro (Moto)
San Felipe ~ Bahia de los Angeles (4-Wheel)
Tuesday April 24th
Guerrero Negro/Bahia de los Angeles ~ Loreto
Wednesday April 25th
Loreto ~ La Paz
Thursday April 26th
La Paz ~ San Jose del Cabo
(2018 YOKOHAMA NORRA Mexican 1000 Finish!!!)
Friday April 27th *NEW!*
La Paz ~ San Jose del Cabo
Beginning in 2010, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) began promoting a rebirth of the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. The unique off-road rally was co-created by promoter Mike Pearlman to consist of special stages (unlimited speed timed stages in the dirt) linked together by controlled speed liaison / transit sections (highway). The one-of-a-kind, once-a-year, four-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, as well as modern desert Rally Raid cars, pre-runner trucks, buggies and motorcycles.
Pearlman's late father Ed and others established the first running of the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road rally in November of 1967, which eventually became internationally recognized and evolved into the Baja 1000 in the mid-1970's.
The 2018 NORRA Mexican 1000 is supported by Yokohama, Method Race Wheels, Walker Evans Racing, South Point Hotel Casino, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, Multitool USA, Mastercraft/Impact Safety, P.C.I. Race Radios, Baja United Group, Ensenada Proturismo, Steel-It and many more.