Sonora Rally 2017

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  1. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Third edition of the Sonora Rally Set to take place March 21-24, 2017

    Building on the success of the first two editions of the Sonora Rally, organizers Scott Whitney and Darren Skilton have announced the dates for the 2017 edition. Registration will take place on March 20th in the resort town of Puerto Penasco, Sonora, MX. The rally is set to get underway, with an all-new stage, on the morning of Tuesday, March 21.

    Continuing the Sonora Rally theme of introducing new and uncharted terrain in the state of Sonora, the all new Stage will be an incredible treat for rally racers and will finish at a secluded beach front bivouac. The equally impressive Stage 2 will see the rally return to Puerto Penasco for the night.

    The last two stages will be run over the spectacular dunes that the Sonora rally has now become famous for. Stage 3 will finish at our traditional Altar Desert bivouac, with our local chefs preparing our renowned dinner under the stars. Stage 4 will be the final test and give competitors the chance to experience one of the great dune stages that exists in rally raid today.

    Awards ceremony and closing party are scheduled for the evening of Friday, March 24th in San Luis Rio Colorado, with all of our friends who have helped make the first editions of the rally so special.

    The Sonora Rally is open to UTV’s, motorcycles and cars (2wd and 4wd). More details will follow in the coming weeks. Entries will open Oct. 1st at www.sonorarally.com.

    Schedule of Events
    March 20th
    • Registration and Tech Inspections
    • Rally School
    • Rider/Drivers Briefing
    March 21st
    • Stage 1 Puerto Penasco to Bivouac Beach
    March 22nd
    • Stage 2 Bivouac Beach to Puerto Penasco
    March 23rd
    • Stage 3 Puerto Penasco to San Luis Rio Colorado
    March 24th
    • Stage 4 San Luis Rio Colorado to San Luis Rio Colorado
    • Awards Ceremony and closing party in San Luis Rio Colorado

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  2. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt!

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  5. gagnaou

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    Will it have the Dakar Challenge again this year?
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  6. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    I would expect yes since it went well in 2016, but we won't know for sure until ASO makes that decision, which was in February (after Dakar 2017).
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  7. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    For 2016 we surprised the motos with a mass start right out of the bivouac on day 3. In addition, the start went right into a long 12.52km "HP" (no road or trail) segment straight into the big dunes. There's a BBQ landmark out there (at La Reina), and that's what they had to find before proceeding along the unmarked secret course. Quinn Cody, the 2016 Sonora Rally Champion, marked his roadbook up well, with lots of color and more to keep him on top of the navigation. Keep your bike pointed at an exact 180 degree compass heading for 15 minutes while crossing the wide open desert and massive dunes and you'll find your mark! The roadbook shows that section, and the video captures the start.

    Roadbook2016Day3Motos.jpg

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  8. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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  9. DarrenSkilton

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    2017 Sonora Rally Entries Set to Open Oct. 1st

    For those of you thinking of entering the rally here is some more entry information. Due to the logistics of the multiday cross country event, the Sonora Rally will be limited to 50 total entries. We will be offering a discounted entry fee for the first 20 competitors during the month of October. Regular entry fees start Nov. 1st.

    Discounted Entry period: Oct. 1st-31st for first 20 entries
    · Bikes/Quads: $2,175
    · Cars/UTV: $2,475
    Regular Entry period: Nov. 1-Jan 31st
    · Bikes/Quads: $2,475
    · Cars/UTV: $2,775
    Late Entry period: Feb. 1st March 20th
    · Bikes:/Quads $2,675
    · Cars/UTV: $2,975

    Entry fees include:
    · Event insurance ($550)
    · Land Use Fees ($100)
    · Road Books
    · Satellite Tracking unit
    · Live Timing and Scoring
    · 2 nights in Bivouac

    Refund schedule:
    Oct 1st-December 31st Entry fee refunded minus $400 admin fee
    Jan 1st –Feb. 28th 50% refund
    No refunds after March 1st


    Bivouac Meals: $140 per person
    · 3 breakfasts and 4 dinners including awards Dinner (awards $40 if purchased separately)

    Like last year there will be a volunteer sign up page that we encourage anyone who wishes to be a part of the rally to fill out. We need sweep crews and vehicles, checkpoint workers and road crossing crews.

    We will have a media sign up form as well. As the course is secret you have to register in order for us to provide detailed maps to the best photo points on each stage.

    All competitors will need to carry a sat phone during competition. All numbers must be provided to the organizers at registration.

    We will have the latest state of art tracking system from Europe this year. Stella 3 by Anube. This proven system will be in use at several other events in Mexico in the coming year and will be the new standard. This one unit will allow you to compete in the rally with no other accessories and is included as part of the event (we strongly encourage the use of an additional dedicated odometer like ICO, RallyComp,Terratrip etc.).
    Features include:
    · Live Tracking
    · Odometer with distance and speed
    · LED screen to give warning messages to riders and drivers on the fly
    · Audible alarm
    · Push to pass
    · Stopped bike or vehicle alert
    · SOS alert
    · Live Timing and Scoring
    · Live Waypoint/VCP verification
    · Speed Zone alert and verification
    · Competitors must purchase mounting bracket, antenna and wiring package. Details to follow

    I will be at the Off Road Expo this weekend if anyone wants to chat about the event.
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    I also saw his name on the roaster for the Morocco rally starting tomorrow!
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    :clap:clap:clap:snoreMaybe I'll get some sleep this year:dunno
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  13. LC4Dakar

    LC4Dakar Been here awhile

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    No Safari Class this year?
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  14. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    That is correct. You could still enter in one of the other classes, and just not take it as fast as the hardcore competitors. I recon the course in my stock 4x4 Tacoma pickup, and Darren drives it in his stock 4x4 Kia car, including through the dunes, so it's not like you need a high-end off-road race car. You should be pretty good at driving though, if you want to make it through the dunes. And you may want to take a bailout at some point if you're not making good time.
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  15. BucketHead

    BucketHead Would-Be Camel Man

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    Great news!

    In regards to the "Competitors must purchase mounting bracket, antenna and wiring package.", I get that details are to follow, but do you have a ballpark cost? If it's $100ish that is a different conversation than if it's $1000ish.

    In regards to the Sat Phone requirement, is there any talk of a company like SatModo doing a group pricing for rentals?

    Thanks!
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  16. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Bracket and stuff should be MUCH closer to $100 than $1000. We're not crazy! Yes, a lot more details on that will come out a bit later.

    We'll be working on a convenient sat phone deal a bit later.
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    registered! ... hoping to keep the cost down as much as possible for extras would be great...
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    It'd be great if you can provide mounting pattern as my current roadbook holder has extra space for these goodies already. It'd be great to re-use if possible.

    thx
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    In!
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  20. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    HP = Freedom in the desert.
    We're lining up nearly 200 miles of freedom for 2017!

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