A racecar Noob, a Sube and the Mexican 1000 Rally

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by oregoncoast, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    And David's new favorite friend

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  2. LC Garage

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    Fantastico, the smiles tell the story, well done Paul and crew! :clap
  3. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Yup, Baja is tough on equipment! Lots of rocks!!

    Awesome that the engine held up, should be good advertising for your engine guy. I imagine you already have plans for suspension upgrades for next year? :ear
  4. LoJack

    LoJack Long timer

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    Got any race pics? Action shots, you know:evil

    Congrats on the finish!
  5. C.John

    C.John to DOO or not to DOO

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    Congrats on finishing, was enjoyable following along on your build/quest.

    What's on tap for next year?
  6. Road Rash

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    Congratulations :beer
  7. Anders Green

    Anders Green NASA Rally Sport

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    Excellent job you guys! :D :clap:clap:clap

    Awesome to see you at the finish!

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  8. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Whoaaah ! ! ! ! !

    I mean woooooohoooooo ! ! ! ! ! !

    Excellent to see this from concept to finish . . . . . . . CONGRATULATIONS !

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    & thanks for posting it.

    Wow, hope you're enjoying some decent fishing R&R now ?

    Cheers :freaky
  9. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Congrats from the South Coast as well!!!

    Great job kids! Enjoy that time off....sounds like you've earned it as well!


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  10. h2o_snow

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    Great job - interested in the follow up report and how you would improve the suspension.

    Fine family outing!
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  12. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    Holy crap. :eek1

    Cory and I just pulled into my driveway. Two days ago we had huevos con tocino for breakfast at the Perla in La Paz!!


    I will update some tomorrow, but we ended up having to leave early so we loaded up the Subaru with about 2,000 pounds of parts, spares and tools and had to leave the Dude and Mike fishing alone :wink:

    We made it to the border in record time in the race car with the A/C and the tunes blasting....it did not have a single mechanical issue this whole trip except for struts.....it is a good story..I can't wait to tell!

    Hasta manana!


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    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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  15. darmst6829

    darmst6829 Been here awhile

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  16. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    I guess it is as good a time as any to start our race report.

    However, I must first acknowledge the deep sorrow our whole team felt upon hearing of the death of fellow M1K competitor, and ADVrider, Jimmy Stocker. This year's Mexican 1000 had a definite "more aggressive" feel to it compared to the past two years. I believe that NORRA is struggling with an identity problem; is it a laid-back rally with a vintage flavor, or is it going to be a mini-Dakar where the mentality to win is as strong as the Baja 1000? Even the course this year was nastier than year's past and many a Class 1 buggy and Trophy Truck lay broken by the side of the course. I guess that is something they will need to figure out at some point.

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    Tech Inspection - April 27, 2013

    The drive from the Dude's house to the border went without incident. The Subaru was loaded to the gills because Luke and Allan said they had no room to carry any of my spares. Thankfully they did have room to carry my two crewmembers, Cory and David, and agreed to drop them off with the Dude who would be waiting at Chapala.

    In the line-up for tech inspection at the old Mexicali Bull Ring

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    No photos but the Subie zipped through tech inspection.

    Laura and I then attended Anders' and Ken's poolside rally and roadbook meeting. Some good information that was mostly later repeated at the rider's meeting at the bull ring.

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    Going through our photos, I realize that we really didn't take that many...and the gopro was never even turned on :eek1 We were too busy staying focused at the job at hand rather than documenting it...we'll try harder next time.


    There was no work needed to do on the car and since we had such a late start time (last), I figured I would just fill the car up the next day, rather than cruise around Mexicali at night. We would use Pemex Premium when available and Regular when it wasn't. **Spoiler Alert** We had no fuel related issues at all and in fact I will argue that the Mexican gas from Pemex (not from jugs at the side of the road) is better than US gas...at least it has no ethanol!

    That evening, Laura went through the Roadbook with her highlighters and I made sure that the GPS files provided by NORRA were installed and working on my little Garmin Oregon and Laura's Ipad. I also had to download some map files of Baja so the Ipad would work because it is wifi only. The Dual GPS puck loaned to us by fellow ADVrider Simestd worked like a charm! (I’ll get that in the mail to you this week..thanks again for letting us use it!)



    The car was put to bed in the parking lot below...

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    The next day, true hard-core international racers that we are, went to Starbucks for coffee..and La Casa del Whopper for a sammich....

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    Then the ceremonial start at the bull ring...

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    Then the short 20 mile or so drive on tarmac out to Laguna Salada, things were looking great and I was set to just clean this special and looked forward to the whole day!

    But Baja had different plans for us... :deal












  17. LC Garage

    LC Garage On Any Sunday

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    The curse of Laguna Salada? :eek1
  18. Ladybug0048

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    Since you had Laura navigating I'm sure you didn't take a wrong turn this year and hopefully you didn't shred a tire. Hmmmm what could it be?

    Waiting for more. :lurk
  19. azcagiva

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    Oh and how did the I pad gps work out?

    Glad you guys made it.

    -John
  20. LoJack

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    Such a tease, that post. Can't wait to hear more. :freaky