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General Tires NORRA Mexican 1000

Posted in Events on April 25, 2015
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As the teams filter into Ensenada Baja California for the General Tires NORRA Mexican 1000 rally, the first stop is naturally the Horsepower Ranch. Friday was the tech inspection for the bikes that will be racing, and there was a varied approach to what they will be riding.

The legendary Horsepower Ranch was the first stop for the weekend. The bikes were getting their tech inspection done while many cars and trucks showed up because, that’s what you do if you’re racing in Baja!

One team chose a 1970 Husqvarna 400, because that’s what Malcolm Smith and Steve McQueen rode in “On Any Sunday.” They even named themselves McQueenKong, which is a riff on another team’s HondZilla tag. There are two “Yellow Jacket” motorcycle club members aboard a 1970 Triumph. The Yellow Jacket’s were a racing club dating back to the 1930’s, and they are in Baja “to give this race hell.”

The Yellow Jackets will ride this 1970 Triumph desert sled. We wish them luck.

A few cars and trucks arrived too as Rod Hall and his posse were on hand with their vintage Bronco, Other vintage race vehicles included the “Snortin’ Norton” Nova, Malcolm and Bud Feldcamp’s Baja winning Funco single seater and James Garner’s modified Manx along with a few trucks and a bunch of Bronco’s.

Tech inspection for the cars/trucks will take place later today, and we’ll be there to bring you the latest, so stay tuned.

James Garner’s modified Manx was at the HP Ranch though it won’t be driven in the event. It’s just too valuable.
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Not too many Nova’ racing nowadays, but back when car based racers were common as this Snortin’ Nortins Nova shows.

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