Leaving the line in his Gordini, Robby Gordon led the cars/trucks out on the course and the General Tires/NORRA Mexican 1000 is underway.
The lineup of cars and trucks seemingly made one feel that they had been transferred back in time to 1972, as the vintage class made up the majority of the contestants. The largest class may well have been the Bronco class, which was let out on the course by the iconic Stroppe Bronco Big Oly, that was driven by Parnelli Jones. Our own Boyd Jaynes is competing in his Bronco and luminaries such as Rod Hall was back in the drivers seat of the Bronco that he raced way back in the day.
The lineup of drivers competing this year is a who’s who of off road champions, as in addition to Hall, there is Mark Stahl in the Ivan Stewart Ford pickup, Curt LeDuc navigating for John Gable (Clarks son), “Baja” Bob Gordon and 2015 Grand Marshall Walker Evans.
The cars/trucks will transit to Santo Tomas, where the first special speed section will begin. The total days mileage is 433.5 miles, with 256 of those being “racing” miles, where the rest is made up of transit miles getting to and from the special speed sections. The group will finish the first days racing in Bahia De Los Angelas, where the party will really begin. Monday’s section is 426 miles and will end in Loreto.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the race