Baja Desert Racing Season Kicks Off
Registration for the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 is now open and has already set a new record for entrants on the first day of registration. Noon of New Year’s Day has long been the traditional first day of registration and this year there were 73 entries processed. It took all of 1 minute and 40 seconds for the first official racer to be processed. With all the vintage racing that is NORRA, it’s no surprise racers are tossing their hats in the ring as soon as possible for their chance to make some dust in the sacred land that is Baja!
The first to register for the iconic vintage race was Dave Sykes who raced last year in his #46 1972 Ford/Dodge mutt race truck affectionately named “Superfodge.” Sykes entered his race truck into one of NORRA’s most popular classes, the Vintage Open Truck/SUV class which includes the likes of South Point Hotel owner and former Mexican 1000 vintage overall winner Michael Gaughan, Las Vegas' Brian Collins, former Ford factory racer John Swift, rally newcomer Kevin Fitzgerald, NORRA veteran Robert Motheral and returning Mexican racer Andrea Tomba with two entries.
The entry list for 2014 includes last year’s overall vintage champion Walker Evans, along with such notable racing names as Mark McMillin, Mark Post, Troy Herbst, Jim Smith, Dave Westhem, Mark Stahl, Randy Wilson, Buddy Feldkamp, Gay Smith, JT Taylor, Paul Fornier, Larry McRae and Rich Voss.
One of the most highly anticpated entries arrived via Mojave Valley, Arizona and off-road racing historian Rory Ward. Ward is bringing the ex-Mickey Thompson 1977 Challenger IV; a winged, single-seat, front-engined, V-8 powered racer that has taken Ward three years to restore. The unique car, which was recently on display at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, is the first Mickey Thompon-built off-road race car to have hit the dirt in decades.
Rory Ward has spent the better part of three years restoring this exotic Mickey Thompson Challenger IV unlimited off-road racer built by the legendary motorsports icon and crew chief John House in 1977. Ward's entry is one of the most historically significant cars revived for the NORRA vintage-themed Mexican 1000 since its inaugural running in 2010.
Registration will continue up until NORRA Tech and Display Day on Saturday, May 9 in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico. The 2014 Mexican 1000 rally is scheduled to make dust from May 10-14, and will once again span the entire Baja peninsula from Ensenada just south of the U.S. border to San Jose Del Cabo at the southern tip of Baja which will no doubt make for some great racing throughout the rally.
We’re looking forward to the 2014 Desert Racing season to kick off and the NORRA Mexican 1000 is one of the races we’ll be looking forward to in the coming months.
In the meantime, check out these awesome photos that our good friend Tony Rojo sent us while he was down at the 2013 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally!
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