Would you race on April Fools' Day? Would you dare to add practical jokes on top of all of off-road racing's unknowns, gotchas, and other mayhem? This year's MDR Mojave 250 took place on April 1, but 108 racing teams readied their rigs and signed up for battle in spite of the date.
Barstow's "B" course is a familiar route for MDR regulars, but a wet winter had been in full swing for weeks prior to the race. Rain tends to come down in torrential bursts in the desert, carving new channels and ruts into the desert floor. Familiarity often breeds complacency.
When the time limit ran out and the MDR Mojave 250 came to a close, only 50 teams finished. Those teams had overcome complacency, mechanical failures, and driving errors. They had successfully faced off with the mighty Mojave.
In addition to the traditional buggy and truck classes, the Jeep Speed series paid MDR a visit at the Mojave 250. Jeep Speed entries accounted for one-fourth of the racing field, with Charlie Peltzer, Eric Heiden, and Jason LaFortune taking the top three spots in that order.
April Fools' Day proved to be an excellent day to be out in the desert. Temperatures were crisp, dust was minimal, and puffy white clouds overhead added scenic value. It was a made-to-order day to go racing. Racing on April Fools' Day? No problem. There's only one day we'd never race on: Friday the 13th.