Baja 1000: The Granddaddy of all Desert Races

Motorcycle and Truck racing at Baja 1000

When: Once a year in the Fall. The 2008 race will be held November 20-23.

Where: Baja, Mexico

car stops at the pit during the Baja 1000 raqce in Ensanada, Baja MexicoThe granddaddy of all desert races, the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 is North America’s best known off road race attracting adventurers from around the world. Only half of the racers will finish this incredible test of endurance where mechanical failures and vehicle flip-overs are all part of the ride.

Held every November in the treacherous and unforgiving Baja California Peninsula, this infamous race pits man and machine against the rugged terrain of the barren Mexican desert.

2005 Baja 1000 Race Route
baja 1000 route map
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The “1000” comes from a very loose estimate of the race’s length in miles. The gut-punding course change every year ensuring a competition full of unexpected and unpredictable events.

Past routes have been either a point to point race from Ensenada to La Paz, or a loop starting and ending in Ensenada. The 2008 race will be a loop similar to the 2005 Route (seen left).

The danger and excitement of the Baja 1000 has lured professional NASCAR drivers, action sports athletes, celebrities, casino owners and weekend warriors for over thirty years. Some of the more famous participants in recent years have included Jesse James, NASCAR champion Robby Gordon and action sports stars Cameron Steele and Travis Pastrana.

The reward for all the kidney-thumping, chassis-bending fun – cash prizes from $1000 to $30,000, depending on the vehicle class.

How Do I Enter the Baja 1000?

baja bug running the baja 1000 off road raceClass 11 Stock VW Bug
 monster energy drink's baja trophy truck seen running the baja 1000Monster Energy’s Trophy Truck

 

What sets the Baja 1000 apart from other off road races is the broad spectrum of vehicle classes allowed to participate: stock or modified cars, motorcycles, buggies, trucks, ATVs and Razor scooters… Okay, maybe not the Razors.

Where else can you see a 1969 VW Bug running the same course as a million dollar Trophy Truck?

With 15 different vehicle classes to choose from nearly anyone who can come up with the entry fee and a properly modified (for safety) vehicle can enter.

What’s it Gonna Cost Me?

The entrance fees for the 2008 race are $1625 for a motorcycle or quad and $2075 for a car or truck – that includes insurance and a SCORE membership. For more information, contact SCORE at 818.225.8402 or go to Score-International.com.

The cost of purchasing and prepping a Baja race vehicle is limited only by the depth of your pockets. Expect to spend somewhere between $3,500 for a Class 11 stock bug to over a million dollars to run a top notch Trophy Truck.

For more information on Vehicle Classes and the costs associated with running them check out this article at desertrides.com. And don’t forget to factor in travel costs, hotel, gas, beer and other miscellaneous expenses.

The World’s Best Spectator Event

Can’t get your car together this year?  Go anyway; the Baja 1000 affords a truly unique spectator experience.

The race course runs through a thousand miles of spectacular desert terrain – most of which is open for camping, hiking, biking, rock-climbing, surfing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba-diving, sea-kayaking and just about any other outdoor activity you can think of.

Outside major cities Baja is wide open and wild with very few rules and regulations. You can drive your 4×4 to just about any point on the course, pitch your tent and wait for the action to come to you.

tents on a beach in the Sea of Cortez, BajaThere’s nothing like laying in your sleeping bag, huddled around a fire pit near the side of a dirt road as a Trophy Truck thunders by ten feet from your head. Try that one at a NASCAR track.

Fortunately, the November race coincides with some of Baja’s best Sea-Kayaking weather (summer temperatures can reach 120 degrees). Load your camping gear on your Kayak – paddle all day – pick a beach and camp out. No permits required!

Baja 1000 – The Party

This is a world class event and it attracts nearly 200,000 spectators from around the globe. In the days leading up to the race Ensenada turns into one giant party. Tecate is the main sponsor of the race, and there’s no shortage of beer flowing.

And, did I mention the Tecate Girls?tecate girls posing in front of a truck in the baja 1000

Resources

Drive a Baja Champ Truck with expert teachers

Baja Motorcycle Tours

Multi-day Baja Buggy Trips

http://www.ensenada.com/

Inspiration

The story of armatures built their own car at Desert Dingo Racing

Or these Silicon Valley Geeks who decided to get away from the computer for a while and enter The Baja.

The Baja Coalition is is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization formed to represent, assist, educate, empower, promote, preserve, and improve class 5-1600 Baja Bug off-road racing.

Also be sure to watch Dust to Glory, an amazing documentary about the 2003 Baja 1000.

19 COMMENTS

  1. I would like to know where the course is going to run so i can prepare to watch the race again this year. Thanks for the info…RTG

    • Still no word from SCORE as to where the race will run this year. I’m hoping to make a “Baja 1000 Spectator Guide” as we get closer to the race.

  2. I would like to be notified of when the 2010 race is being held, as I want to race in it. Can you also supply the name of bike and car rentals. Many thanks.

  3. hey i want more information on the 2010 race like when its being held and all the information for the cost and all.
    thanks

  4. Team Eriksen is preparing to repeat their win in the class 2 of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 and claim the Class 2 point Championship for the SCORE Desert Series and then along comes this little ol’ challenge from the COPS Racing Team http://copsracing.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/10000-says-you-cant-beat-an-old-guy/. . . Just wait till you hear Doc’s response. Head over to http://www.teameriksen.com and stay up to date with Team Eriksen, the challenge and the 2010 Baja 1000.

  5. does anyone know when 2013 race will be and if its a circle type race track or from point A to point B i have been told it changes from time to time

  6. On my bucket list. Could I get the rules and dates for the 2013 race? Not sure what class, probably 800 to 1100cc buggy. Don’t know a lot about it, but want to do it at least once in my lifetime. Appreciate your help.
    Thanks
    Don

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