San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur – This year marked the sixth annual National Off Road Racing Association’s (NORRA) Mexican 1000, which included 101 participants and 82 finishes.
Often referred to as the happiest race on Earth, the annual event takes place in San Jose del Cabo on Mexico’s Pacific side in the state of Baja California Sur.
Thousands were on hand to watch the more than 100 cars in 21 vintage and evolution classes begin the race in Ensenada. Over the course of the intense 4-day race that consisted of 1,334 miles, numerous cars simply could not withstand the stiff competition. Only 82 of the vehicles crossed the finish line at the southernmost tip the Baja Peninsula.
There was a division for motorcycles as well, that consisted of a 5-day, 1,285 mile course. This division began one day before the cars set out ensuring everyone a safer ride. With ‘special’ off road racing vehicles, numerous motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs did not see the finish line. But 81 percent of those who started did complete the race.
Mike Pearlman said that there were no serious injuries. It’s still the happiest race on earth, and it gets smoother and easier every year. It was a happy ending!”
The Mexico 1000 was reinvented six years ago as a way to honor past legends of the sport. Originally, the Mexican 1000 started in 1967 with 13 vintage classes.