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Celebrate Fifty Years Of Off-Road Racing in Baja

Posted in News on April 10, 2013
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The Petersen Automotive Museum is celebrating fifty years of Off-Road Racing in Baja by hosting a Baja tribute dinner on May 2 at 6:00 p.m to honor the heroes and legends who have helped make off-road racing in Baja what it is today.  Legendary racers Parnelli Jones and Dave Ekins will answer audience members’ questions at a tribute dinner that kicks off the Petersen’s one-day Off-Road Show and summer exhibition, Braving Baja: 1,000 Miles to Glory, presented by American Honda Motorcycle Division.  To prove the durability of its motorcycles, American Honda sent a CL72 Scrambler on a 950 mile trek through rocks, sand washes, dry lake beds, mountain passes and paved roads. Fifty years later, that 1960's run is remembered for initiating the most significant off-road race for both two and four wheeled vehicles in the world - the Baja 1000! Dave Ekins and Bill Robertson Jr. will be honored for their daring, first timed run down the Baja peninsula with American Honda. Parnelli Jones, a renowned racer of all genres will be honored at the tribute for his off-road racing success, including multiple Baja 1000, Baja 500 and Mint 400 wins in his famously fabricated Bronco, “Big Oly.” Both Ekins and Jones will answer questions from the audience. Tickets for the evening of food, drinks and legends are available at The Baja Day Off-Road Show will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The off-road show is included in the daily museum admission rate for spectators and participation is open to anyone with a vehicle that is off-road capable, including trucks, buggies, motorcycles, sand rails and more. Vendors will also be on-site as well. The Braving Baja: 1,000 Miles to Glory exhibition will run from May 4 through Sept. 2, 2013 and will feature artifacts of all kinds including significant motorcycles, trucks, buggies, clothing and memorabilia. This never-before-seen collection of historic off-road racing vehicles will show where it all began and how it has evolved.  Go to to purchase tickets. Proceeds from the Tribute Dinner and the Off-Road Show benefit the Petersen Automotive Museum’s educational programming.  For more information, please visit

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