2015 Norra Mexican 1000 + Cortez Challenge...

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  1. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    Norra has set the dates for the 2015 editon.



    A little under 180 days !!


    I think it may be time for a trip south this spring !




    October 8, 2014
    NORRA Announces New Event Formatting For 2015 NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally
    -- Sanctioning Body To Separate Vintage And Evolution Classes --
    -- NORRA Creates New “Historic Trophy” Category --
    -- Tire Size Regulations Also Announced For 2015 --

    As the off-road world prepares for this weekend’s annual gathering at the 2014 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo Powered By General Tire, NORRA (National Off Road Racing Association) today announced new event formatting and tire sizes for next year’s General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000.
    Citing the need to stay true to NORRA’s “Honoring the Past. Forging the Future” event theme, next year’s Mexican 1000 will separate the Vintage four-wheel classes from more modern Evolution and Rally categories. Beginning in 2015, the unlimited-style Vintage class vehicles must represent vehicles (and some technology) that were built by 1992 or earlier.
    NORRA will also insure that certain vehicles classes with limited wheel-travel can also participate with the Vintage categories in the rally.
    The fun-themed rally -- known affectionately as “The Happiest Race on Earth” -- is scheduled to take place from Saturday, April 25 through Wednesday, April 29, 2015 and will run the length of the Baja peninsula from the seaside city of Ensenada to the white sandy beach resort town of San Jose del Cabo.
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    For 2015, NORRA is working toward balancing the needs of vintage racers like Don Roundtree and his recently restored Sandwinder Buggy (top) with the desires and capabilities of modern high-performance cars such as this Team El Martillo four-seater.
    More modern historic unlimited off-road vehicles built after 1992 will run with the Evolution and Rally-Raid-based vehicles in a newly named “Historic Trophy” category.
    While the 2015 NORRA category regulations are still being finalized, the sanctioning body will also institute new tire size rules. Next year all Vintage four-wheel classes will be limited to 35” tall tire sizes, while all Evolution, Rally and Historic Trophy vehicles cannot use any tire larger than 37” tall.
    Along with tightened regulations regarding various Vintage classes, NORRA will also offer separate routes used on each of the four rally day’s to better suit both types of four-wheel vehicles.
    NORRA used a similar split route format with very positive results in 2014 and looks to better perfect that unique concept at next year’s 6th annual Mexican 1000 rally. Next year’s rally will once again separate cars and motorcycles with enough time and distance between two and four-wheel entries to insure participant enjoyment and safety.
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    Motorcycles are an important component to the NORRA Mexican 1000 family of competitors. As it did in 2014, next year NORRA will again evolve its motorcycle format to highly elevate the safety of two-wheel racers all the way down the Baja peninsula.
    In addition, those choosing to compete in the Vintage classes will run using NORRA’s traditional GPS (with road book back-up) navigation format, while all Evolution, Rally-Raid and Historic Trophy classes must adapt to the road book and odometer navigation (with limited GPS files as back-up) used in international rally-raid events.
    As has been NORRA tradition, the routes will be kept secret until just prior to the rally’s start, with no pre-event course reconnaissance (pre-running) allowed.
    “As a group, NORRA wants to insure that our expanding family of racers has a clear understanding of where the Mexican 1000 is going,” explained organization President Mike Pearlman. “We spoke to many of our customers, and it was clear the Mexican 1000 has reached an important crossroad. Creating the most enjoyable event possible while staying true to the vintage off-road movement we are responsible for igniting are our first priorities. Blending those goals while also expanding the event’s ability to insure our Evolution class participants have a good time is a tough balance. We feel that these new formats and tire regulations are the proper way to insure the future.”
    A diverse field of over 200 trucks, sedans, buggies and motorcycles are expected to take on a 1,300-plus mile, four-day on and off-road rally in 2015. In keeping with a popular NORRA tradition, online registration for all participants in the 2015 Mexican 1000 will once again commence precisely at 12:00pm (noon, PST) on New Year’s Day, January 1st.
    NORRA is supported by the generous support of General Tire, American Racing Wheel, Azunia Tequila, South Point Hotel and Casino, Walker Evans Racing, Bilstein Shocks, KC HiLites and MasterCraft Safety.





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  2. GalacticGS

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    Woohoo!
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  3. Mr Fast

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    Again???:clap
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  4. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    Lameco and Outta Sight has just got some competition. I couldn't settle on a bike nor afford to mount a 70 era campaign ...

    SO..... I present you my 85 xr350r a light slim single carbed thumper.

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    Her name is Hoshi, she will be 30 and I am now 50. Maybe I will call this effort ...
    Team Midlife Crisis. :freaky
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  5. GalacticGS

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    Nice!!
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    The single carbs were the good ones!
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  7. bajaboundmoto

    bajaboundmoto Been here awhile

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  8. troy safari carpente

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    +1 :clap

    Mike... this :deal could be your 350R... as they were "back in the day" in rally mode - Oz safari @ 1985/86. :wink:

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  9. Mr Fast

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    Can't wait to see you there! :freaky Good times!
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  10. pfdskipper

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    Well then, I may have to expedite the freshen up on my 1984, dual carbed edition of the XR350R. Hmmm, decisions, decisions.

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    I might be a bit disadvantaged though. You fit that 350 much better than me. When you factor the "sprung" weight of mine versus yours, I'm guessing easily 50 lbs more that my little ho must pack.

    Contemplating just using the ole war whore 1985 CR500. Power will be plentiful. :evil
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    Not entirely sure my arse can write that check for a 1000 mile CR500 adventure.

    See you in Baja!
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  11. klrukiddingme?

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    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUH......K. :clap
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  12. wrk2surf

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  13. Bronco Driver

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    1985 XR350 "Corky's Dream". NORRA Mexican 1000 ? Maybe !
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  14. KZJohn

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  15. bajaboundmoto

    bajaboundmoto Been here awhile

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    My ole'88... Apparently we're gonna clean the spider webs off her, give her some love, and turn loose an old name in desert racing on her for Mex1k...

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    Pic is pre-2010 Mex1k. She doesn't look nearly as pretty now. She's been ridden hard a couple times down the peninsula now, once to race and last year for fun riding.
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  16. HogWild

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    I have a few questions for the NORRA bike competitors:

    1) How many of you don't have your own SPOT or inReach tracker, or could not borrow one for the rally?
    2) Would there be a problem if NORRA required all bikes to support a device that needs clean 12V power from the bike?
    3) How many of you don't already have a Garmin GPS that has a USB port and microSD card slot?
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  17. Baja Dad

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    1.I believe 90% do not have a Personal tracker
    2.All bikes used a NORRA Supplied tracker last year, NORRA recharged them each night
    3.most do ( But I want to use ROADBOOK only anybody can follow a GPS line )
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  18. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    If you are competing on a moto, do YOU have one?

    Things change every year, possibly including this coming year. I'm trying to gauge (and hopefully minimize) the possible impact of various tracking and data recording options.

    If YOU are competing on a moto, do YOU have such a GPS? I'm not suggesting it would be used to navigate, more as a GPS data logger for rules compliance, that you don't have to pay a higher entry fee for. Cheaper (or free) is better, right!
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  19. bajaboundmoto

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    1) How many of you don't have your own SPOT or inReach tracker, or could not borrow one for the rally?
    I have the original Spot.
    I also believe most guys would have their own Spot.

    2) Would there be a problem if NORRA required all bikes to support a device that needs clean 12V power from the bike?
    Yes.
    Some bikes this is simple, some not so simple. I feel it's best to keep it as cheap and easy as possible.
    It's not all rally'ish bikes like B.D., Galactic, and some others. The X that won in '13 was reliable standard electrics, what about the vintage bikes, or if that cr500 was raced...

    3) How many of you don't already have a Garmin GPS that has a USB port and microSD card slot?
    Do not have.
    What's a PGS ? (jk, meaning I can't even spell it)

    Thanks for helping Hog!

    (i can read instructions)
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  20. KZJohn

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    Personaly -

    1) I do not own a Spot or any other tracker. ( I leased one from IRC when they were available).

    2) Not for me, I would be racing a CRF-X. My vintage bike however would be a problem.

    3) Not only do I not own a Garmin, (or any other GPS), I dont even have a smart phone. I AM old school. Just tell me where I need to be and when I need to be there.

    I should add that it's been the extra equipment costs that has kept me from entering either of the Baja rally events, (one of the main reasons). I know racing isnt cheap and I dont expect it to be, but with a limited budget I have to choose the events I run carefully. I would rather race a lesser event that is cheaper than not race at all.
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