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February 27, 2021

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Welcome to DeserTales.Com an archive of mostly true stories related to desert racing. Articles and submissions will be loosely moderated but comments or posts will have to be approved by a moderator. We seek to maintain this repository as a record keeping tool of our legacy in desert racing. The stories collected here come from

Baja

303 2017 Baja 1000 Race Report

2017 Baja 1000 Race Report From Chris Wilson, owner of the 303: Plan was just cruse at a prerun pace, not try to smoke Moss just run a little more than his pace. Sykes and Glen started. Followed the plan. Both 303 and 302 (Moss) passed a ton of cars due to class starting way

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Moon Rise in Baja

Billy Robertson was racing the 1000 with Tony Tellier in Billy’s class 1 car. They were northbound by Diablo dry lake long after dark. As they made the right turn just past Jose’s Tienda, Tony noticed a light behind them in the rear view mirror. Then as they made the next left they saw it

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2017 Baja 500

2017 Baja 500 “The weather is hot but the beer is cold”, ancient Chinese proverb. That’s the way it is every year in Baja in June, the time of the annual Baja 500. And once again the snap Chase X team was there to participate with ES Motorsports. We were supporting Rienaldo Varela, an experienced

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2010 Baja 500 chase report

2010 Baja 500 by Mike Stewart. Its 3:00 AM, the quarter moon is peeking over the eastern horizon, Orion is beginning to dip below the western hills. Then why am I awake? Am I cold? No. Gotta pee? No. Sleepy? Yes. Perhaps it’s the oompah music blasting from the adjacent camp and the women screaming

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1971 Baja 500 Pre-run

Corky’s 1971 NORRA Baja Pre Run My first trip to Baja was to pre-run the 1971 Baja 500: Ensenada, then back to Ensenada, 480 miles +. Sat AM daylight, we leave Ensenada, and ride to Camalu, the end of the pavement. This is before the paved hwy to La Paz. I am riding a 71

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