Sonora Rally 2018

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  1. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    The fourth edition of the Sonora Rally Set to take place March 18-23, 2018
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    Entries open November 1st at www.sonorarally.com.
    Sonora Rally is open to UTV’s, motorcycles and cars (2wd and 4wd), including the non-racing Safari class.

    Schedule of Events:
    ► Sun. March 18 - Early Reg, Rally School, Prologue Briefing
    ► Mon. March 19 - Registration, Tech, short Prologue race
    ► Tues. March 20 - Stage 1 race
    ► Wed. March 21 - Stage 2 race
    ► Thus. March 22 - Stage 3 race
    ► Fri. March 23 - Stage 4 race, Awards & Party

    Yokohama Tire Corporation announced today a new off-road partnership: title sponsor of the 2018 Yokohama Sonora Rally. Welcome Yokohama to the hardcore Sonora Rally team! Press Release HERE.

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  2. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    This year Registration, a Prologue stage, and the start of Stage 1 all take place in San Luis Rio Colorado (just over the border from Yuma, Arizona). Activities begin at the brand new Hotel Araiza. The course from there on is still in the works, so stay tuned for other location details.
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  3. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    I gathered a bunch of videos from past years into one place. If you're curious about this rally, these vids will give you a sense of what it's like:

    SONORA RALLY VIDEO PAGE
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  4. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Discounted entries are now open for the 2018 Yokohama Sonora Rally: ENTRY FORM
    The rally will be limited to 50 total entries.
    Entry fees go up to regular price after the first 20 paid entries, so get your entry in soon!
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  5. Baja Dad

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    Stay tune for A NEW Support Package to be announced this week
    Bikes and UTV are both welcome
    Coming from Baja Dad Race Prep

    With 4 decades of hands on experience racing in Baja CA, WE at BDRP can provide incomparable knowledge and know-how when it comes to prepping and supporting a off road race team in this notoriously unforgiving arena. A multi-time Baja champion and former Team Honda and Team Green factory racer, I have the sensibility and passion to make sure you make it to the Pool Party as a finisher and not a spectator. BDRP will have 2 "Fly n Ride" rental race bikes ($4600 includes support*) and offers an full service bivouac and support-only package ($2100*)
    UTV pricing $ TBD*

    *Entry fee NOT included
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  6. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    When we create the course for Sonora Rally we are constantly looking for new challenging places to go. Since we're mostly in Sonora rather than Baja, nearly everywhere we go there has never been off-road racing. In 2015 we found this place, where it seems nobody had ever ridden or driven at all. It turned out the uphill line in the left photo was a bit too much, even for Joe Desrosiers' honda, so we found a different line over the top. But the hill in the right photo was perfect as a gnarly downhill, so we put it in the course. The tiny tiny dot on the dune at the top is me getting ready to come down. That gives a sense of the massive scale of that hill! The roadbook sample shows what the competitors were reading as they approached from the back side, before they crested the top. We won't go here in 2018, but we are finding more new and beautiful terrain to challenge and inspire the competitors.

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    Well, this has a little Hollywood added in on the far left and right, but in reality it's what it really feels like when you get WAY out in those dunes. You can look in every direction and see no sign of human life. And you can drive for an hour in a straight line from this spot and probably still see nothing but dune hill after dune hill. It truly is a unique adventure.

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    I just finished laying out the prologue stage. It's not very long, but I found enough minor tricky things to keep everyone on their toes. Here's a little HP section, with the shortest path in light purple. We'll see how good everyone is at dodging bushes while reading a compass and odometer at full race speed!

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    Fast forward to 09:50 in this video to see what it's like in this stuff:
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  9. Johnnymoto

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    wish I could do this! I won a trip to Patagonia that same week so its no go in 2018. Good luck to all entrants, organizers, and volunteers. Shake and bake!!
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  10. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    2018 YOKOHAMA SONORA RALLY - "EARLY ENTRY" FEE EXTENSION!

    Sonora Rally quickly secured the "First 20 - Early Entry Fee" competitors, however we would like to extend the offer for those who are just returning from the Baja 1000 this week. Congratulations to all the teams who finished this year! THIS FRIDAY, NOV. 24th will be the final day to register with the "Early Entry Fee" at SonoraRally.com

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  11. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Chilly White is in! Cameron Steele is looking over his 2018 schedule to see if he can fit it in. Steve Menzies is in, with Kellon Walch as navigator. This is looking awesome!
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    Sonora Rally is looking for a few good men (and women) to help make this event spectacular! Check out the Volunteer helper opportunity:
    http://sonorarally.com/details/VolunteerSignup.html

    Some of the tasks we need done, skills we are looking for, and locations where we might need you during the rally are listed below. Clearly we don't expect you to match up with all of these, but matching several would be great!

    ► Spanish and English speaking
    ► Knowledge of local San Luis R.C. or Puerto Peñasco or Caborca areas
    ► Medical / EMS trained people on-course or ready to zip out to course locations
    ► GPS and computer technical helpers
    ► Social Media PR experts
    ► Start & Finish time keeping and organizing
    ► Checkpoint and highway crossing control teams
    ► On-course gate open/close teams
    ► Course sweep in highly capable 4x4 truck
    ► Bivouac facilities setup

    I guarantee it will be an adventure of a lifetime! Just ask Craig:
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    Absolutely, ask me! Helping with this event is really rewarding and you get to meet really great rally racers!
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  14. HogWild

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    First quad has entered.

    Welcome to a new class Art Johnson!

    I always though a quad would be a hell of a lot of fun on this type of course.
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  15. LC4Dakar

    LC4Dakar Been here awhile

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    I just hope it lasts longer than an RZR!
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    Baja Dad Rally Support

    Baja Dad is offering Sonora Rally competitors various services including general support and a Fly and Ride package.

    See details in flyer below.

    Contact Mark at +1 (951) 818-0350 or BajaDadRacePrep@att.net.


    Baja Dad purchased the Rally Management Services support vehicle and equipment.
    and is working with RMS to supply the best equipment on the planet.
    BDRP has been doing support for motorcycles and UTV’s at all previous Sonora/Cortez/Baja RALLY events, the past 5 NORRA rallies, along with Score and Best In The Desert events. When it comes to racing here in the south west desert there is none better then Baja Dad race prep and the Three decades of experience.

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    Sonora Rally Black Friday special! Today (Nov 24) is the last day the lower price Early Entry is available. Get on the gas!
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  18. K_N_Fodder

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    Scott, I'd love to see an entry list when you have one.
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  19. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    If you like the old Baja roads from the 60's, you might like today's Sonora roads. Each year we work hard to get you off the beaten path and onto roads and trails that have never been raced. We can't show them yet, but we've discovered some great new opportunities for 2018!
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  20. K_N_Fodder

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