For the team race preparation began immediately upon arriving home from Vegas 2 Reno.
Race history[ edit ] The first timed run[ edit ] When Jack McCormack and Walt Fulton of Honda 's American subsidiary decided to hold a long-distance run to prove the reliability of Honda 's new CL72 Scrambler motorcycle, they approached well-known off-road motorcycle racer and local Triumph and Honda dealer, Bud Ekins for suggestions.
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Ekins declined to perform the run because of his professional ties to Triumph but suggested that his brother Dave Ekins and Billy Robertson Jr. While being followed by two journalists in an airplane and using telegraph offices at the Mexican border and in La Paz, Dave Ekins recorded the first official timed run in 39 hours 56 minutes The Globe and Argosy accounts also included close encounters with death and other dangers which Ekins claims were "colorful additions".
Four wheels vs two wheels[ edit ] Wanting to beat the existing motorcycle record and to help fuel sales of the Meyers ManxBruce Meyers used his original prototype buggy called "Old Red" for an attempt at breaking the record set by Ekins.
Upon returning to the United States, the journalist documenting the run sent out press kits with photographs and a news release with the headline "Buggy Beats Bike in Baja. Soon, more stories of adventure, close calls, and broken speed records received media coverage around the world.
Following the event, Bruce Meyers and his Meyers Manx became an overnight sensation and the competition between four wheels and motorcycles for the fastest Baja run began.
In the following months, more attempts at breaking the record would take place. One of the attempts included a multiple vehicle run organized by Ed Pearlman that ended in an official four wheel record being recorded but, with the overall time falling short of the record set by Meyers.
As the timed runs recorded via telegraph became popular, a need for an organized event to compete for the quickest Baja run was starting to grab the attention of other competitors.
In JunePearlman and group left Tijuana and immediately ran into mechanical troubles. With fear that competitors would abandon the idea of competing and stay home, NORRA cancelled the Baja race — despite assurances from the Federal government run Petroleos Mexicanos Pemex that fuel prices would remain stable — and announced they would instead hold an event in the state of Arizona.
Unaware of the challenges, BSC found promoting Baja races more difficult than anticipated. Race teams consist of factory-supported groups that build custom fabricated vehicles and provide chase vehicles via helicopter, to the much smaller and less glamorized sportsman teams competing in an all-stock vehicle with no chase vehicle support at all.
Stock Volkswagen Type One Beetles are modified for use in off-road terrain, known as Baja Bugshave been a common sight throughout the event duration, but the factory-supported, all-spaceframe Trophy Truck entries are the most visible.
In contrast to the current factory EX supported modern race vehicles that overall the car and truck classes, Erik Carlsson drove a basically stock front wheel drive Saab 96 V4, finishing third in and fifth in Baja course[ edit ] Point-to-point: A point-to-point race is one that starts and ends in two different locations.
The start is traditionally held in Ensenada but has been held in Tijuana and Mexicali as well.
A loop race is one that starts and finishes in the same location. The course length varies from to miles, depending on the course route.
Sabotage and booby-traps[ edit ] Each year there are reports of spectators sabotaging or booby-trapping the course by digging holes, blocking river flow, or burying and hiding obstacles.
Racers are warned to beware of large crowds of spectators in remote parts of the course since it may indicate hidden traps or obstacle changes. Many of the booby traps are not created to intentionally injure the contestants but are created by the local spectators as jumps or obstacles for spectator entertainment and intriguing moments to be caught on videotape.
The haphazardly designed jumps, created by the spectators, are very dangerous as the contestants may inadvertently enter the booby-trap at unsafe speeds, resulting in damage to the vehicles or injuries to competitors or spectators.
Awareness of booby traps and course alterations are often part of race-day strategy and convey an advantage to the best prepared teams — nonetheless given the danger the traps pose, it is customary for competitors to quickly communicate course hazards to other competitors through on-board radio communications and radio relay.
In popular culture[ edit ] In the film Timeriderthe hero Swann is competing in the Baja when he inadvertently stumbles on to a time warp experiment and is sent back to the Old West in the s.
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