Safari Classes At The 2023 Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000!
Unique To NORRA, A Guided Tour Of Baja That Follows The Mexican 1000


AGUA DULCE, CALIF. - The Safari class is unique to NORRA. It is a guided tour of Baja that follows the Mexican 1000. You will take the green flag each day, and follow sections of the race course or take in points of interest along the Baja Peninsula. You will get to know the real Baja from the driver’s seat of your own vehicle. You will experience many out of the way places that only seasoned Baja travelers know about; from the most spectacular missions, to the best street tacos. Your path during the day will eventually lead to the finish line where you will cheer on the finishers before joining everyone at the nightly celebrations that take place in unique destinations along the way.

The Safari class is split into two groups. Entrants need to make sure they join the group that will ensure their greatest enjoyment. The Slow Baja group is for mildly modified street legal vehicles. Your pace will be relaxed, but still challenging. Your vehicle needs to be capable enough to endure multiple days of Baja terrain. Typical modifications would be off road capable tires, shocks, and possibly suspension modifications to increase wheel travel. Each vehicle needs to have a working VHF two way radio for communication. You will need clothing, drinking water, snacks, and a lawn chair. You should bring everything to ensure your comfort along the way. Any prescription medications should be in their original, labeled bottles. You need everything you normally do when you go off road; a jack, tool kit, a full size spare tire, and some replacement parts like an engine belt, and fuses. You should also have a first aid kit that includes bandages, some antihistamine, and aspirin for headaches. You can purchase first aid kits online, or at most pharmacies, or off road shops. You are traveling in a remote and rugged environment. Be prepared.

The second Safari class is Rapido. The Rapido class is for highly modified off road vehicles that are capable of travelling at higher speeds in rough terrain. While still street registered, these vehicles have long travel suspensions, roll cages, large tires, and performance suspension components. No matter what the salesman told you, your stock vehicle will not last long in the Rapido class. Don’t be the one who spoils the fun for everyone else by slowing the group down because you can’t keep up. They are not travelling at race speeds, but still fast enough to overwhelm most vehicles that are not modified to withstand higher speeds in challenging conditions. The Rapido class entrants will need everything mentioned in the Slow Baja requirements like spares, tools, etc. The Rapido class is for those with more off road driving experience and a highly capable vehicle.

The Safari classes are for anyone who loves Baja. During the trip, you will stay in beautiful hotels, and quaint little inns. You will get to enjoy every aspect of the Baja experience. Everyone who enters the Safari class will be a seasoned Baja explorer by the end of the race. It’s perfect for those who have never been to Baja, as well as those who are regular visitors to the peninsula. One of the best parts of every Yokohama, NORRA Mexican 1000 is the huge party held on the beach after the racing is done. The awards ceremonies are modeled after what the pioneers of NORRA did after completing a run down the peninsula. They celebrated all the fun had on the journey, and drank a toast to their fellow adventurers past, and present. You don’t want to miss "The Happiest Race On Earth!". Get your entry in today, and make sure to address everything on the check list we have posted about the Safari experience at


"The Happiest Race On Earth!"
###   Good Vibes. Good Times!   ###


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, five-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, as well as modern pre-runners, trucks, buggies, UTVs, bikes and desert Rally Raid cars.

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.

NORRA enjoys corporate partnerships with Yokohama Tire, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, STEEL-IT, Rugged Radios, Adler Motorsports, McMillin Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, Multitool USA, Satélite del Norte, Biltwell, Cerveceria Transpeninsular, PCI Race Radios, Schampa, K&N, Baja Bush Pilots, The Fab School, Mag7 Pits, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF), B3KREATIV, and many more.

NORRA - National Off Road Racing Association. Home of the Mexican 1000 and the NORRA 500