Giant Pre-Race Gallery From the 2015 NORRA Mexican 1000 Vintage Off-Road Rally
“Do you know your left from your right?” asked Jim Riley. “If you don’t, I’ll mark your hands with a Sharpie.”
I told him I did, but that he might want to mark me just in case. Later, I heard that some people also write their passport numbers on their arms in Sharpie in case they need to be medevac airlifted back to the United States.
Oh hello, I’m in Mexico. Ensenada in Baja, California, Mexico, to be exact, and I’m about to spend the next four days playing chase vehicle and co-driver in the desert with a 1957 Chevy and a 1971 Nova. It’s a race. It’s sort of like the Baja 1000, only without the money. This is the Mexican 1000, and a whole mess of vintage motorbikes, buggies, Broncos, pick-ups, and the aforementioned muscle cars will be traveling 1,300 miles down to San Jose Del Cabo over a mix of dirt and asphalt, in a four-stage rally where, as people keep telling me, “Finishing is the only way to win.”
My time here started with a Meyers Manxster trip over the border from San Diego, and has gotten steadily crazier with each passing hour. At some point, I’ll have enough time and internet access to tell you about the Manx being stopped at the border, about the road construction in the mountain pass, about the long history of wild parties at the Horsepower Ranch, about overhearing legendary off-road racer Walker Evans (who crashed into the pace truck in 2014 because it was going too slow) tell a fellow competitor in response to a joke about being tapped to pass, “If you’re close enough to tap me, it must be because I’m already broken on the side of the road,” and about a million other amazing moments. And the race hasn’t even started yet! In the meantime, how about a photo gallery of pre-party and contingency at the 2015 NORRA Mexican 1000?
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