Part 1: Getting There
The Baja 1000, arguably one of the most grueling races in the world, pits man and machine against nature... over a thousand miles of the nastiest, roughest, most unforgiving terrain the Baja peninsula has to offer.
This year marked the 40th anniversary of this legendary race and I was lucky enough to be invited down to experience the race with DXR Racing and their Mitsubishi Raider Stock Mini. Last year driver Dan Fresh piloted the Mitsubishi Raider to a first place finish in the stock mini class and returned this year hoping to repeat that victory and give us here at Four Wheeler a front row seat. But I'm getting ahead of myself now, to race we had to first get there and getting there is half the fun.
This whole journey started out innocently enough, a simple phone call the week before the race from the guys at Mitsu. Turns out they were putting together a trip to Baja to cover the race with DXR and had an open seat, and with that open seat came a seat in the race truck during the race. That's all it took, I was onboard.
We met the Sunday before the race, loaded up our home for the next week (an '06 Montero), and headed for the border. Our group consisted of myself, two other journalists, and our tour guide/chauffeur/translator, we'll call him Moe. With everybody together and the mighty Montero loaded down with enough Zone Bar's and Protein shakes to feed a small army we were off! After a relatively painless drive from Los Angeles California to Ensenada Mexico we arrived at our digs for the first night and headed straight off to bed for our three hours of sleep before we had to be up and at Tech/Contingency Monday morning.