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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
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
The 2006 Baja 500, Chase-X pit team summary of activities and adventure. Pit support for off-road race cars at the Baja 500 can be very boring one moment and very exciting the next. Waiting for hours, monitoring the radios for information, watching your racecar roar past, then hurriedly relocating to a different location and then
By Stuart Chase 2007 Baja 1000, 40th running. Wednesday, 11-7 Wake up at 6 and off to Chris Wilson’s with Megan to pick up his truck and prerunner for a test a Plaster city and find out if the motor issues have been fixed. Kras is playing cards at one of the Indian casinos and
By Mark Naugle. Not Just any body 1992 Gold Coast 300. Bob and I were in Vegas for the publicity run a week before the race. We were staying at the Gold Strike hotel in Jean near the Start/Finish area. Getting to the hotel on Friday afternoon had been a little bit of a challenge
Story by Trey. Images by Dave Baldwin. One of the Nevada 1000’s on the last day, Chuck (Hovey) started right in front of Collins/Ragland. Charlie told Larry that if he caught him he would move since Collins was going for the overall and we were an hour or so down by day 4. Brian (Collins)