The ULTIMATE Desert Off-Road Racing Sportsman in BAJA, wins the ultimate respect!
(Announced December 3, 2012)
Perry McNeil operates Perry's Fab & Fiber, serving the needs of the world-wide racing community among others.
After we name Perry as the "KING", San Diegos Bill Center writes this piece: (December 12)
""The flagship of modern off-road racing is the Trophy Truck – the high-tech, 800-horsepower pickup prototypes that fly across the toughest terrain. But Trophy Trucks are not the foundation of desert racing. Long before there were one-of-a-kind pickups, enthusiasts were converting old VW Beetles into sand buggies in garages across Southern California. The air-cooled engine in the rear of the Beetle was the perfect starting point to hand craft a desert machine. The Baja Bug was there for the birth of off-road racing. Much has changed in four decades of off-road racing. But the Baja Bug lives on. Just ask San Diego’s Kevin Carr, who recently won SCORE’s Open Baja Bug title for the fifth straight season – hitting almost every rut of the season. “Racing a Baja Bug is like being a pebble inside a Coke can,” Carr joked earlier this week. “It hurts.” While the Trophy Trucks and open-class buggies fly over many obstacles, the short-wheelbase, 125-horsepower Baja Bugs bounce from rut to rut. The air conditioning found in the $100,000 Trophy Trucks is absent in the dust-filled cockpit of the Baja Bug. And the pounding absorbed by any off-road racer lasts twice as long for a Baja Bug driver. “That’s part of the attraction,” said Carr. “The Baja Bug excels in the technical areas of off-road racing. They can go anywhere. But there is a lot of bouncing along the way. Racing a Baja Bug is punishing, which is part of the attraction . . . the emotional attachment.” Since 2006, the 42-year-old Carr has teamed with off-road racing veteran Perry McNeil to form one of SCORE’s most successful teams, although Carr doesn’t really know how successful. Aside from winning the five season championships and three class wins in the Baja 1000, Carr has lost track of his wins. “I’ve got a wall of trophies, but I don’t really keep track of how many races I’ve won,” said Carr. “We race for the love of it.” In addition to winning his class title this season, Carr finished 15th in SCORE’s overall points rankings – the highest finisher by a San Diegan this season. And he picked up a Toyota Milestone Award for finishing every mile of the season. Plus, Carr and McNeil form one of the sport’s most popular teams south of the border. Carr, who spent much of his youth living in Tijuana, owns a small electronics factory in Tijuana. McNeil, of Lemon Grove, also owns businesses in Tijuana. Carr runs the season’s shorter races solo. He and McNeil team in the long-distance races. And Carr’s Amigo Tech Racing also fields buggies in two classes. Carr might switch from Baja Bugs to the less-punishing 1650cc buggies next season. “I love the Baja Bug,” said Carr. “But the idea of going faster and finishing sooner looks better as I get older. And it’s getting extremely hard to find parts for Baja Bugs.”""
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Alongside the Monster's of Baja Desert Off-Road racing, like Mickey Thompson and Parnelli Jones, Perry McNeil has been immortalized by 'Mama' Espinosa.
'Mama' claims Perry will grace the side of her famous lobster joint at El Rosario with Thompson and Jones in "Mama's Baja racing Hall of Fame"!
In this years BAJA 1000, like many other sportsmen racers, Perry's exploits were unrecognized. Perry co-drove Kevin Carr's Class 5 to a fourth place finish. Perry's race drive started at the green flag in Ensenada all the way to race mile 850 at Loreto, Baja South!
850 miles of 1121 total BAJA 1000 race miles, in the 45th running of the Legendary SCORE event!
The BAJA 1000 team racing performance, allowed the Carr's Class 5 to take the SCORE series season Championship and Milestone Award recognition!
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BajaRacingNews.com is just starting to compile Perry's incredible record of racing:
Perry McNeil's Desert Racing Record
However, Perry drove from the Start to Loreto!
Class 10 Laughlin & San Felipe & BAJA 500
Jacume Gran Prix 4th
Raced Class 12 in CODE and SCORE
Raced Class 7 in the RECORD Series
VW Autopartes 250 8th
Tersa 200 2nd
KC Hilites 9th
ORW Gran Prix 12th
Botica Santa Maria 200 10th
Mangiamos 300 5th
4rth Place in Class 7 Championship
Best In The Desert
Baja Mex 300 1st
San Felipe 250 1st
BAJA 1000 1st
Perry is the Ultimate Sportsman Desert Off-Road Athlete. Baja Racing News.com is proud to announce Perry McNeil as KING OF BAJA 2012.
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