Baja California or the peninsula of Baja has been a place of mystery since its existence was first contemplated in recorded human history. After driving one way down the thousand-mile-long peninsula (mostly on modern roads) we can assure you that Baja is beautiful and rustic, thousands of square miles of land almost untouched by human hands. From dry desert mountains to sandy planes, from beautiful azure-blue oceans to stark cactus-coated hills, Baja is an amazing place to visit and can be beautiful and calming or harsh and dangerous.
Since 1967, automotive enthusiasts have put themselves and their equipment to the test traveling from north to south on this strip of desert land. While Baja is home to many welcoming and friendly people and a wide variety of modern conveniences today, we can only imagine how daunting th,is trip was to those brave enough to attempt it in the late 1960s when there was no GPS, few paved roads, no cellphones, and so on.
The spirit of those first racers who braved this land lives on in the racers and fans of the 2017 NORRA Mexican 1000, a race that finished in San Jose del Cabo on this very day in late April. The human characteristics of camaraderie, competition, resourcefulness, and endurance have been coupled with machines that are durably built while being maximized for speed and efficiency. The result is a group of the strong and few who have raced across a thousand miles of Baja. People once figuratively thirsty for adventure are now literally parched and ready for a beer, water, tacos, and some well-earned rest at the finish line of a daunting race. Check out the vintage cars and trucks that we saw at the finish line of the NORRA Mexican 1000.