Since 2007 when the Baja 250 drew a record 374 entries, the event has taken a beating. In 2008 due to some financial hijinx the race relocated to Ensenada, attracting just 247 competitors. The following year saw the race back in San Felipe with even less entries – 227. The economic recession was at its height and the ‘war on drugs’ had generated a tide of bad press about traveling in Mexico.
In 2010 despite the press and economy the number of competitors in the Baja 250 edge upward to 255, still dramatically lower than the numbers of its heydays. The year 2011 seems to have a large spectator turnout, although the number of entries is only 218. A lot of ingredients go into making a successful race. Enthusiasms rise and fall like the stock markets. Perhaps when things are economically depressed the need for entertainment rises accordingly.
The town is a hive of activity this year. Restaurants, hotels and stores are doing business at a level that was not approached during last year’s Baja 250. The Mexican government is pushing to make the facts about the war on cartels more accessible and accurate. Most places in Mexico are safe for tourists. This year’s Baja 250 is a good indicator.
The Baja racing has always been a great event and what a proving ground for man and machine. So here we go Amigo south of the boarded.
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America is having yet another election and all you hear is how change is going to happen. Well most of us only have change in our pockets and by the way things are going you might want to change your latitude. Now seriously think of this, Mexico is walking distance for some and others you can simple dive there. When you have been living in Mexico for 5 years, you may qualify for Mexican Citizenship. Mexican citizens can own property in their own names without having to use a bank trust. Mexican Citizenship also means that you don’t have to make the annual trip to the local immigration office to renew your FM-3. There are other advantages, too. Certain jobs and businesses have restrictions, wherein only Mexican citizens can hold those jobs or own those businesses.
Becoming a Mexican citizen is comparatively easy. You fill out a form, submit it with a copy of your existing passport and FM-3 or FM-2, along with some photos, pay a fee, and wait. In a few months, you will have to pay a second fee, and sign some additional documents. Again you have to wait a few months. Finally you’ll get the call to pick up your Certificate of Naturalization, at which point you’ll have to surrender your FM-3 or FM-2. At that time, you can also apply for, and receive, your Mexican passport. Often, people have questions such as: “Do I have to give up my existing citizenship (USA or Canada)?” or “Will it affect my Social Security?” The answer to both is ABSOLUTELY NOT!
At any rate going to Mexico to visit or stay during the election here, might let you forget why you left anyway! Because once you get there your going to want to learn Spanish.
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The first official race started in Tijuana, Baja California, on October 31, 1967, and was named the NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally. The course length that year was 849 miles (1,366 km) and ended in La Paz, Baja California Sur, with the overall winning time of 27 hours 38 minutes (27:38) set by Vic Wilson and Ted Mangels while driving a Meyers Manx buggy.
1962: The first timed run
When Jack McCormack and Walt Fulton of American Honda decided to hold a long-distance run to prove the reliability of Honda’s new CL72 Scrambler, they approached well-known off-road dirt biker and local Honda dealer Bud Ekins for suggestions. Bud suggested the Tijuana to La Paz route (Federal Highway 1) which was 950 miles (1,530 km) of rocks, sand washes, dry lake beds, cattle crossing, mountain passes, and paved road.
Bud Ekins declined to perform the run because of Triumph Motorcycles ties, but Dave Ekins (Bud’s brother) and Billy Robertson Jr. agreed to perform the trip for American Honda. After pre-running the peninsula in Fulton’s Cessna 180, they began the journey to La Paz just after midnight on March 22, 1962. While being followed by two journalists in an airplane and using telegraph offices at the Mexican border and in La Paz, Dave Ekins recorded the first official timed run in 39 hours 56 minutes (39:56) with a total distance of 952.7 miles (1,533.2 km). The event received coverage in the Globe, Argosy and Cycle World magazines, earning awe and respect for Honda and the Baja run.
Now that is some history and we been tearing up 2 wheelers and 4 wheelers ever since, take a ride on The Baja 1000!
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Dust to Glory
Dust to Glory (2005) is a documentary about the famous Baja 1000 off-road race. Filming occurred throughout the 2003 event. The film is directed by Dana Brown of Step Into Liquid fame. A documentary on the Baja 1000, an annual off-road race held in Baja, Mexico that attracts hundreds of racers, their souped-up machines, and thousands of fans.
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