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VIDEO: 2017 NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally is Officially Under Way

Posted in Features on April 24, 2017
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Fifty years ago, Ed Pearlman and Don Francisco—along with other off-road visionaries—formed the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA), the first organization that sanctioned off-road racing on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico in 1967. Sixty-eight vehicles took the green flag that year.

Now, 240 teams are registered for the 2017 NORRA Mexican 1000, embarking on a five-day adventure through Baja that includes stops in San Felipe, Bahia De Los Angeles, Loreto, La Paz, and a grand finish in San Jose Del Cabo. This race is filled with vintage vehicles and Baja legends that can tell stories for days, and luckily, we’re here to enjoy their tales. Sal Fish is here racing, along with Walker Evans. Ivan Stewart and Bruce Meyers have also been spotted. The who’s-who in the industry is a mile long.

We’re spending our time with PalapaBoy Racing supporting a 1983 Nissan truck. Our first leg of journey will take us from Ensenada to San Felipe. At our first fuel stop, we splashed just shy of 10 gallons of fuel. Our driver change occurred past the Mike Sky Ranch checkpoint at Mile 132. Driver Reid Rutherford jumped out of the Nissan truck excitedly and said, “This thing handles great! It pops up over jumps.” Our next driver Brian Dague got in with nephew Chase Dague to bring the truck into the finish in San Felipe.

Day One on the NORRA Mexican 1000 was a success, as we finished with zero issues. Now, the team will have to work on a quick prep to get the truck ready for Day Two, which will take us down the Puertecitos Highway to Bahia De Los Angeles.

Keep up with all the 2017 NORRA Mexican 1000 here!

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