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UPDATE! Friday, October 18:
Loreto Anarchy Reported in the
aftermath of Storm Damage and
Road Closure in Baja South!
Local Press Report:
"An overwhelming wave of home robberies has been unleashed in the last few days in the Nopolo subdivision, and help is demanded from the authorities to locate and arrest those responsible for the thefts.
Pascal P. Pellegrino, resident of the area, said that in the last two weeks there have been six robberies in Nopolo homes and added that, even worse, is that they are happening during the daytime, when they expected there would be police patrols.
He explained that in these robberies, the thieves regularly take home appliances, like televisions, microwaves, modular equipment and VCRs.
Pellegrino said that in most of the cases, the people affected have come to the authorities to file complaints, which they supposed would help find those responsible and recover their stolen objects, however, he says there is little to no response to these demands for justice.
He said, finally, that the residents of this area, who are mainly foreigners, are asking for support from the municipal and state government to use their police agencies to guarantee the safety of those who live in this area of the municipality."
Thursday, October 17- UPDATE
***QUALITAS INSURANCE COMPANY
BAJA SOUTH CLAIM REFUSAL CITED
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***In the past, the liability damages imposed on an at fault driver who caused a negligent fatality in Mexico were capped at 750 days multiplied by the local Mexico Minimum Wage (approximately $ 50,000 total damages in most Mexican States). Effective immediately, that limit has been increased by the Mexican Government to 5,000 days multiplied by the local Mexico minimum wage (up to approximately $ 300,000 US Dollars total damages, depending on the Mexican State).
INSURERS NOW RECOMMEND THAT ALL OUR CUSTOMERS PURCHASE A MINIMUM OF $300,000 in LIABILITY LMITS, AND SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THE $500,000 LIMIT!
What happens if I have a current policy in force with limits of $ 50,000 or $ 100,000?
Each of these main underwriters, ABA Seguros, ACE Seguros, and GNP Seguros have agreed to honor the $ 300,000 Death Liability Limit on all currently in force policies until expiration. So you do not have to do anything if you purchased your existing policy on or before February 4, 2013 and it is still in force…regardless of the current limit on their declarations page, the insurers listed above will honor the $ 300,000 Death Liability limit until the expiration of any in force policies purchased on or before February 4, 2013.
***QUALITAS INSURANCE COMPANY NEVER RESPONDED TO HONOR THE SAME TERMS OF THE OTHER COMPANIES, LISTED ABOVE!!***
What limits do you suggest we choose when purchasing future new or renewal policies for Mexico?
We suggest that you now use the same level of care regarding Mexico Liability limits that you would use when purchasing a USA or Canadian auto liability policy. The radical change to Mexico Liability law means that claims for Death Liability in Mexico will now be similar to the damages that are often imposed by courts in the USA and Canada in similar cases.
UPDATE October 16, 2013
*Justin Imhof back racing in off-road co-driving with L J Kennedy
"Justin joined JCR Honda for the 2010 Baja 1000, during race, near Loreto, nearer to the mission town of San Javier and he crashed knocking him unconscious he was helped by Rick Johnson and
Justin suffered severe injuries including head trauma he lost the
use of one arm. Trauma to the brain. Had to learn to talk again.
Awesome young man with great parents and many friends to support him.
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UPDATES! Tuesday, October 15
***BULLETIN! ROAD CONDITION BULLETIN!***
As of October 15 , 2013
Highway One, the Loreto corridor is closed. Baja Safari Mexico Club will inform us when the road opens.
PIC: October 14; Loreto crossing, deep, deep quick sand. Moving water from Octave.
SITUATION-UPDATED: October 17, 2013
REPORT, HWY 1 OPEN! "I was on the back side of Octave just before Insurgentes and stopped on the only piece of high not muddy ground I could find in Constitution. Oct. 15th am clear skies and no wind, later midlevel cloud due to the moisture. The highway out of Constitution is under repair with a muddy one lane detour. After that it was clear sailing."
*Racers Pre-Running Before Official Opening October 25!
Prerunning opens on October 25th, and the GPS files will be posted on the evening of October 24th on BajaRacingNews.com
*Andy McMillin announced as co-driver for Rob Mac in BAJA 1000
*Baja Safari ONSITE Reports!
***The Puertocitos Road: The pavement is complete 42.6 miles south of Puertecitos, just before the military checkpoint. From the end of the pavement to Rancho Grande is 2.8 miles. The Pemex there was open. There is now a guard shack and gate at the entrance to Alfonsina's that check you in out... The remaining 36.1 miles on to highway 1 is in fair shape, not too different than it has been over the years. The rain didn't have too much effect on it. Coco is still there and doing okay. If anyone is headed that that way he could use drinking water, he said that he is short on it because he's waiting for parts to get his truck fixed.The whole region (both sides of the peninsula) from the border down to about the Bay Of Los Angeles road is quite green with all the rain it got.
*Baja Safari "Baja Crew": "We just drove it a little over a week ago and the road is great from Mexicali up to a mile or so of Gonzaga Bay and the check point and from there it is all gravel dirt and shale. It took us two (2) hours to drive to highway 1 at Laguna Chapalla. Make sure you have 4 wheel drive and high clearance."
***Pemex stations accepting credit cards on the mainland and in Baja with good success. Both credit and debit cards are accepted at Pemex Stations in Ensenada, Tecate, San Quintin and El Rosario. Farther south cards are accepted at Santa Rosalia, Loreto and La Paz, and the newest station in Los Barriles it is reported.
It is important to call the bank or credit card company at least 48 hours before departing from home so the bank can approve outside of U. S. charges. This is a good idea for any purchases we found. It might eliminate a call from Mexico to your bank. For fuel some banks ask for locations where the card will be used.
A good idea is to dedicate one card for use in Mexico with a low line of credit and have alert capabilities to your cell phone if you have data roaming. Where stations are using a mobil reader, the card in that case does not leave your posession.
Exchange rates apply at all the Pemex Stations. Pesos can be purchased at the Costco stores on Broadway in Chula Vista, San Ysidro or Ensenada all at bank rates.
Baja Safari would appreciate reports back from the travel public using credit and debit cards for fuel:
in Guerrero Negro, Bahia de Los Angeles, Mulege, El Rosario, Ciudad Constitucion, and Cabo San Lucas.
foreign transaction fee charged by most banks. This fee is in addition to the monetary exchange fees."
Baja Airline Aircraft "No Survivors"
UPDATE! October 16 Report:
Baja Racing News LIVE! Reporter from La Paz:
"The crashed aircraft, the Cessna Grand Caravan passenger airplane, was confirmed at the high part of the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range, the Secretary of Transportation had issued a message which said there were no survivors to the tragedy. The foregoing is based on reports being issued from the rescue brigades which are at the site. The information has been constantly generated this morning, after it was revealed about one hour ago that the remains of the airplane have been located."
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The 2013 BAJA 1000 Race Course Route, Starts in Ensenada at the Bahia Ensenada in front of the old casino, to Ojos Negros, Cohobusco, Saldania, Borego, San Felipe, Pavement from Puerto Cietos to Gonzaga, Punta Blanca, Catavina or Guyakill, El Rosario, Santa Domingo, Coyote, Valle T. Ojos, Ensenada.
Motos start at 11:00 PM Thursday night with two minute interval between each pro starter and 1 minute interval between Sportsman starters.
The first Trophy Truck (TT) goes off at 9:00 AM Friday morning, with a 1 minute interval between starters.
There will be a 10 minute delay between the last TT starter and first Class 1 starter, with the intent of giving the front running Class 1s clean air to drive through at the start, thus giving them a better shot at the overall win. SCORE has been criticized for making the Class 1s drive through the TT’s dust, making it difficult for them to catch and pass.
The 10 hour delay from the motorcycle start on Thursday to the TTs on Saturday is clearly a risk management principle to keep the TTs from running up the back of the slower motos, as has been happening. You may recall at the NORRA race in April a buggy killed a motorcyclist even though the motos left over 2 hours before the trucks and buggies.
As with the Baja 500 in June, there will be qualifying for TTs and Class 1s, and they are adding qualifying for the Pro motos and Pro quads. This is a good move vs. the former format of drawing for start position.
It is a definite advantage not to have a lot of racers ahead of you, where you have to eat their dust and pray for a chance to pass. The fast guys will be faster and the slow guys will be just as fast.
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