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Discussion in 'Racing' started by Strong Bad, Oct 7, 2012.
so no major suspension changes ? right on !
I cant wait to race against the Blazer this year, its by far one my all time favorite off road cars. One of the coolest things about NORRA is that there are cars running today, that competed raced each other in the old days.
Sway-away is making new torsion bars front & rear. The car is being brought back to the 1974 car when Scoop Vessels & Bob Gordon raced it, It will be all black with the gold Vessels Stables logo. In 74 it ran re-buildable Gabriel shocks, there are Rough Countrys on it now which are just about the same thing. They will prolly get painted Gabriel white and run after re-building. The car has 10 inches of travel in the front & 11 in the rear. Here is a pic of the rear torsion bar suspension:
The silver can in the pic holds the water jug for the drinking system.
We are still waiting to hear if Malcolm Smith will be one of the drivers or not, he is supposed to have back surgery in the next couple of weeks or so.
Thanks for the perspective. I guess I've been out of the racing scene for too long.
I am definately a klr type person (having never owned a klr) I'm way too cheap to pay for a guide on just about any place on this planet.
Fuel capacity will not be a problem.
Who knows. Maybe WI will submit a team 2wd.
Motorcycle entries are already at 25! Going to be a big increase in participation this year I reckon.
Yep mine just went through earlier today.......#357 on your scorecard but #1 in your heart
S and S offroad magazine had a great treat for me in January featuring a Norra ad using a shot from Bink Designs of me going past the San Javier Mission
Then I got the link for the February and bam ... got slapped again!
S&S Off Road Magazine has been published by off roaders for off roaders since 1982. Reader driven, we print what YOU send in!
The magazine is ran by a great couple and covers all kinds of desert racing. They also run a offroad camp for kids at risk .. thundering trails
I didnt know about this mag but will be a subscriber from now on
I guess I have to race now that they used me as the ad man ...
That is an awesome photo!! Very cool indeed!!
I can't remember who, but one of you guys did the sweet Dakar style Number Plates for last year's race....any plans on offering these again? I loved the rally raid look of them and thought I'd like to use it on the car this year.
Baja Dad got that organized
maybe I should keep the old 640 instead of replacing her a lighter sexier mount.
Do you mean these???
I will be doing them again this year also! I want to change it up a little
I will post the design very soon.......
I can also do larger ( Race car/trucks/Support size decals also)
Also complete bikes front and side plates
so I will need too know
I will be able to take paypal tis year
I might just be interested in larger ones for the Subaru....#12
I gotta' say, those were so cool!
you all are saying with a 2K entry fee the organizer doesn't provide the number plate?
That is what we are saying.
Never have I every been given a number plate for any race in the last 40years
I have been given CRAPY peel and stick numbers ( AMA races)
Everybody keeps bring up the 2k entry fee ------- why?????? 4-days of racing
this is way cheeper then most Score races....................
racing is not for the Faint at hart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Originally Posted by wrk2surf
here is prices from just ONE of the tour groups running in baja
3 Days - 4 Nights $1895
5 Days - 6 Nights $2895
7 Days - 8 Nights $3795
and thats just that.. a tour .. not a race
if you look up how much the entry is for the vegas to reno and times it by 4 this race is just about even cost wise only it runs the peninsula !!
SWEEEEEET! I'll be in for some!
Awesome Baja dad, u even have my number 12 in that sample. I'll get with u later via pm!
I'm signed up and looking forward to my first Mexican 1000. Tim Morton is moving my gear along each day but I'm otherwise coming down alone with no crew or pit support (it seems Mag 7 isn't a great option).
Couple of questions so I can prepare:
It looks like the longest special last year was 175 miles. Does it make sense to run a 19 liter tank (instead of my current 13 liter on my 500xcw) and not have to worry about any sort of fueling during a stage? (I'm thinking YES)
Are Pemex stations along the transit sections a reliable source of fuel? Or do I need to weasel a fuel can along with another teams support crew.
Do I need to carry food and water for the entire day? or stash a care package with another team or race organizer?
Is there any riding at night? Should I bring along my helmet light?
Any other stupid questions I should be asking?
I would say more fuel is always a good bet.
The Pemex stations are great if you get to them when they are open. One mechanical problem that ties you up for hours making repairs, and you might not make it there. Good luck figuring out which team to stash a can with. The only time that you'll see a chase crew is on a laison or end/beginning of a stage. Unless someone is only chasing you, then you really can't plan on that. Having the emergency only service from Mag 7 might be an option. I too am very disappointed in what happened last year with them...especially since they never really apologized or offered a discount for returning members as a show of good faith.....because when you sign up, you become a member. Not a great way to treat a member.
This also goes for riding at night. Even if you are slow, you should not end up driving at night..unless you have a mechanical or injury that literally stops you for a while. I would at least have enough lighting so you could ride out at normal speed. Because if your that late, there's no reason to speed, you would have already accrued the penalty points...get there safe.
I would carry enough food and water to allow you to spend the night or more in the desert. On the laisons, nothing stops you from getting a taco, but you do want to keep moving. I would stash a cooler with Tim so you have some goodies waiting for you at the bivy so you know you'll have something to eat.
People (racers and locals) will always help you, but it is good practice to plan ahead. Just like how you should dress for the crash, you might want to prep for the break-down.
Of course these are just my opinions as a relative noob. I'm sure the Baja gurus here have much more insight to offer.
You can never have enough fuel!!!!!
stations are hit and miss
You'll need fuel on day one after stage one before stage to no gas Station
You can get gas at the end of special stage II day one in San Felipe
And special stage 3 there is gas in Gonzaga Most of the time But that gas
station is in the middle of the special test the special test
Then there is gas most of the time in the bay of LA
That is his day one if it was up to me I would run the big tank
But that's just my opinion