After a rebirth in 2010, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) Mexican 1000 has seen a tremendous amount of growth and participation in the Happiest Race on Earth. For 2016, the NORRA staff has been hard at work planning this year’s rally with two huge revisions for the 1,300-plus-mile journey through Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Changes to the schedule have been made to enhance the overall experience for NORRA competitors and ensure as much safety and rally support as possible—and the spectators haven’t been forgotten, either.
So that motorcycle and vehicle competitors could arrive at the overnight stops during daylight hours, start times have been rolled back. For increased support, NORRA has posted detailed Mexican 1000 mileage and pit maps for racers to download so they can refine their support strategies before the rally routes are released. The course overview has been released but, as in previous years, each day’s full course won’t be revealed until just before the rally starts.
Festivities for the Mexican 1000 kick off in the heart of Ensenada’s downtown at the Riviera Convention Center on Friday April 22. Participants will be able to register early before receiving the GPS navigation training session at the San Nicholas Hotel. After early registration, a welcome fiesta will round out the day’s activities.
Before the rally starts on Saturday, downtown Ensenada will be the happening spot, as NORRA has a full day of awesome activities planned, including the Bilstein Classic Car Round-Up, during which historic machines from NORRA’s past will be on display for everyone to enjoy. In the early afternoon, the motorcycle class will begin its first stage of the 2016 Mexican 1000, while the four-wheeled competitors will complete their tech inspection and mandatory drivers meeting.
At the end of each day of racing, a finish line celebration will be enjoyed by all. On the final day of the rally, which finishes in San Jose, a huge celebratory awards dinner will take place at the South Point Grand Mayan Hotel.