Friday, August 17, 2007

Baja Safari Baja Mexico Road Report UPDATED

Malcolm Smith & JN Roberts Baja 1000 Baja Racing News 40th Running

The Malcolm Smith Motorsports /Sunstar Racing For Life Offroad Team announces today that the legendary Malcolm Smith and JN Roberts will be joining the team to compete in the 40th Anniversary Baja 1000. Malcolm Smith will be leading off the race and represent the team during opening ceremonies. Malcolm Smith and JN Roberts won the first overall motorcycle race in 1967 aboard a 1967 Husqvarna 360 and will compete again on a specially prepared 2007 Husqvarna, Model TC 510.

Malcolm Smith, often referred to as the goodwill ambassador of off road, is a pioneer in off-road motorcycling. He gained fame for his overall victories in the Baja 1000 and for his gold-medal winning rides in the International Six Day Enduro competitions, but by far his biggest claim to fame was being a star of the influential 1970s motorcycle movie, "On Any Sunday". He is the founder of the Malcolm Smith Motorsports Foundation which supports Hogar de Ninos, El Oasis, a childrens orphanage in Valle de Trinidad, Baja California. Malcolm lives and works in Riverside, California where he actively operates Malcolm Smith Motorsports, a major motorcycle dealership and service center.

JN Roberts began late, competing in his first race in 1964 when he was 22. In 1967, Husqvarna sponsored him and JN Roberts began winning races: 27 desert events in a row, the Mint 400 twice, the Baja 1000 twice, and four straight victories in the Barstow to Vegas race!� In the early 70's, Roberts moved on to become a very successful stuntman in pictures including "Days of Thunder," "Little Big Man," and "Mr. Hollands Opus." JN's son, Jimmy continues his legacy in stuntwork and the father/son often work together. JN now lives in Montana and continues to compete and recently won the World Veteran MX Championships in the over 60 year old class.

Baja Racing

Patrick Chicas, "RICHARD CRANIUM". David Clark should be ashamed.

Baja Racing News EDITORIAL & NEWS REPORTS ON Patrick J. Chicas and his screwings


UPDATED: Patrick J Chicas:
Bankrupt and wants a Bailout""

Telecom groups run out of cash: Local companies file bankruptcy, hope to stay open

By John G. Edwards Las Vegas Review-Journal
Publication: Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada)
Date: Wednesday, June 16 2010
Jun. 16--Four local telecommunications companies filed for bankruptcy protection on Sunday but expect to continue in business , an attorney for the debtors said Tuesday.
CommPartners Holding Corp. and three affiliated companies petitioned for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, reporting $8.5 million in
Asked about prospects for CommPartners continuing operations after bankruptcy proceedings, attorney Gerald Gordon of Gordon Silver, said: “That’s our intention.”
CommPartners provides wholesale telecommunications services to other carriers around the United States. It also sells telecommunications services to small- and medium-size businesses, according to court papers.
The companies offer Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, services that use the Internet to carry voice communications.
Steven Tackes, a telecommunications lawyer and partner at Kaempfer Crowell Renshaw, said he was not familiar with the company but suggested it could be caught in the grey area between regulated and unregulated telecommunication services.
Vonage, a pure VoIP company, is mostly unregulated, but CommPartners appears to be using VoIP only for some of its businesses, which may subject it to state and federal regulatory oversight, Tackes said.
CommPartners leased equipment, which limits its ability to quickly adjust costs to match changes in revenues, Tackes said in an e-mail.
“When the recession hit and the growth went negative, those fixed costs remained. Even worse, as technology changes, many cannot keep up,” Tackes said.
Tackes said he was unsure whether CommPartners will survive or close its doors and be liquidated.
CommPartners counts 58 employees in its Las Vegas office at 8350 S. Durango Drive, Suite 200, plus 13 in 10 other states.
Maurice Gallagher, chairman and chief executive officer of Allegiant Travel Co., stepped down as chairman of the telecommunications holding company on June 11.
Allegiant is a separate company and is not affected by the bankruptcy filing.
Gallagher was a major investor in MGC Communications, which also did business as Mpower Communications in Las Vegas before it was sold a few years ago. Gallagher held key positions at WestAir and ValuJet, which now is called AirTran Holdings.
David Clark, chief executive officer and now chairman of CommPartners, worked as senior vice president at MGC and is a principal with Gallagher Equity Management.
CommPartners was founded in 2003 and was getting closer to profitability in recent years. It trimmed losses last year to $4.8 million from $7.6 million in the previous year.
However, CommPartnersÂ’ telecommunications traffic dropped sharply starting in March as large telecommunications carriers found a way to connect directly with each other and eliminate CommPartners as the middle man, the company said in court papers.
The companies face an array of legal and regulatory proceedings with other telecommunications companies, including AT&T, in state and federal courts as well as state regulatory bodies.""
Gary Newsome Editorial:
CommPartners also filed BK in 2004. That's how they roll, they take investors money, then throw it down a shitcan and bail on the investors. Welcome to Pat Chicas (Patrick J. Chicas)Financial Planning. Who's next to get hosed!
Baja Racing also has received reports that this pedophile has fled Nevada for Utah, to avoid prosecution.

Original Reporting:
May 1, 2008.

Since writing our story on how Patrick Chicas disrupts safety communications during SCORE races in Mexico, Patrick Chicas is using COMMPARTERS company computers for his personal purposes. Not to mention his numerous questionable internet activities. Drop us a line at be forewarned.

Seriously, contact us so we can disable idiots like this!

Best to take a closer look at this person. A much closer look, like, with a private investigator, if you are seriously considering doing business with COMMPARTNERS in association with Patrick Chicas of Las Vegas, Nevada.

And we thought Chicas was just another off-road race idiot.

David S. Clark of COMM PARTNERS ( in Las Vegas, Nevada) should be ashamed of themselves for being associated with Patrick Chicas.

Gary Newsome

February 15, 2008

Our last update, six months ago, proved our assertions. In his own words, Patrick J. Chicas, admitted he uses the weatherman channel for his own personal BS. It's a race safety issue.

Patrick Chicas has even invested his own company to promote Baja Racing Here's all about 'Richard cranium himself and the company that now 'promotes' Baja Racing

In his business bio:
"Patrick J. Chicas, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Patrick Chicas is the CTO and co-Founder of CommPartners. Mr. Chicas has 23 years of experience in telephony, data, and wireless communications.
While at PacTel Cellular (now Verizon), Mr. Chicas engineered and implemented the first cellular fraud control systems. At GTE Mobilnet (now Verizon), Mr. Chicas achieved new standards of network security and performance. Mr. Chicas was also the first executive hire at Digital Island (now Savvis), where he was instrumental in creating their first network operations environment. Mr. Chicas’ entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding Hawaii Online's Internet Access Service, the first statewide ISP in Hawaii that was ultimately sold to GST Communications. Mr. Chicas also created, an ISP that served rural communities in the western United States, subsequently acquired by MGC Communications. At MGC, Mr. Chicas designed, procured, and implemented MGC's nationwide Internet service and the industry's first Voice-over-IP-over-DSL service. Mr. Chicas is also the founder and General Partner of Rubicon Media Group, Inc., an Internet publishing concern.
Company Overview
CommPartners is a VoIP facilitator specializing in providing VoIP telephony services and Internet Protocol (“IP”) to Public Switched Telephone Network (“PSTN”) connectivity for service providers and their end-users. We offer turn-key, privately branded VoIP services that can be purchased on an “à la carte” basis, depending upon our customers’ network requirements or existing investments.
Management Team Overview
CommPartners is owned and operated by a team of telecom industry veterans. Our experience ranges from building ISPs from the ground up to introducing one of the country’s first commercial VoIP service offerings in 1998, while simultaneously operating a CLEC. Collectively, the CommPartners management team possesses over 50 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. CommPartners, 'Enabling the VOIP Promise'.
CommPartners, 3291 N. Buffalo DriveSuite 3, Las Vegas, NV 89129. Phone: (702) 367-VOIP (8647). General email: David S. Clark, President"

Gary Newsome

Story Update
August 18, 2007

Weatherman approves of using Weatherman SCORE channel for non-emergency, personal communications. According to an internet announcement by Patrick Chicas, the Weatherman Channel is now wide-open for personal use.

Patrick J. Chicas admits, in public, he uses the Weatherman Channel during races. From his public posting of August 15, 2007 and its approved by Weatherman himself:
""my posting of passing times at Ojos Negros at the Baja 500, communications that Bob Steinberger (Weatherman) acknowledged and recorded and a protocol that Bob and I discussed at contingency the day prior"".

The communications mentioned by Chicas in the old thread were not allowed by the radio rules, nor the accepted radio activity on the Weatherman Channel at that time and no changes have ever been made public by Weatherman or SCORE. Calling to Weatherman with times or calling out times has never been accepted on that Weatherman Channel. Unless, there are rules for the general public and OTHER rules. Chicas said, "call our times on the Weatherman channel". Now verified by Chicas himself.

Baja Racing News published this original EDITORIAL on December 2, 2006. Since then, we received NO DENIAL from "Baja Blackie", who was originally identified. Baja Blackie, is well known as Patrick J. Chicas. In the off-road racing community, anyone messing with the WEATHERMAN CHANNEL (a radio communication channel and radio relay service) is considered a "Richard Cranium". This EDITORIAL clearly identified Baja Blackie using the WEATHERMAN CHANNEL for his own personal purposes. Possibly threatening the safety of desert off-road racers who may need critical communications from the Weatherman dispatching medical emergency services and other critical safety services. The services are provided for the off-road racing community during SCORE races, SCORE International races in Mexico and the United States.

Photo: Patrick J. Chicas, AKA: PJC, Baja Blackie, El Jefe, but well known as "the Richard Cranium of Weatherman Channel" fame. Lives and works in Las Vegas Nevada. Also known for driving the wrong way on race courses throughout the southwest and Mexico.

Who WAS Patrick J. Chicas?
""Advanstar Acquires

April 20, 2005

Advanstar Communications Inc. Acquires,
the Leading Consumer Web Site for the Off-Road Industry - Advanstar Communications Inc., a leading worldwide publishing,tradeshow and marketing services company, announces that it has acquired the ( web site from Rubicon Media Group, Inc. The acquisition of further strengthens Advanstar's growing position in the off-road, powersports and automotive aftermarket industries. was founded by Dean Waters and Patrick Chicas in 1995, and quickly grew to be the dominant website in the off-road and motorsports sector. It retains a solid position in the top 25 worldwide web motorsports sites as measured by Nielsen Net Ratings and boasts an average 625,000 unique visitors and 5 million page views every month. As the leading web site for off-road enthusiasts, provides comprehensive race coverage, quick and easy access to category specific information, and more than 100,000 pages of searchable content that is indexed by leading search engines across the globe. is where off-road enthusiasts go to find anything and everything about off-road motorsports, off-road motorized recreation and the off-road community. Dean Waters will join Advanstar and serve as the Managing Editor of the site, and Dean's wife, Pattie Waters will join Advanstar as Customer Relations Manager. Also moving over to Advanstar is John Biddle, the Advertising Sales Account Manager. Dean Waters commented, "I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Advanstar. Their vast resources and commitment to the off-road market will certainly propel to the next level, and beyond." Under the direction of Jim Ryan, Group Director and Publisher, Advanstar launched the Off-Road Group in 2004 with three new media products that exclusively serve the vibrant off-road market, including DIRTsports, a consumer publication targeted towards the off-road motorsports segment, Off-Road Retailer, a trade publication targeted towards the business of the off-road market, and Off-Road Impact Trade Show & Conference. " is a household name and one of the most recognized brands in the off-road community. The addition of to our portfolio creates additional benefits for our advertisers including newsletters, sponsorship opportunities, web advertising and membership programs, and further demonstrates our commitment to the off-road marketplace with an enhanced ability to deliver the best and most cost-efficient methods of connecting our customers with their customers." Mike Webster, Vice President & Director of Business Development of Advanstar's Off-Road Group stated, "Advanstar now simply offers the complete off-road package - advertisers and sponsors can reach buyers on the web, in print or at our leading events. Enthusiasts can get everything they need - race coverage, technical information, personality profiles, the hottest photography, chat rooms and expert analysis - from Advanstar's off-road portfolio. The addition of to our portfolio, combined with our strong Powersports and Auto Aftermarket magazines and shows means that we now provide sellers with access to more that 1.5 million high-spending vehicle consumers and trade buyers." About Advanstar's Off-Road Group DIRTsports, Off-Road Retailer and Off-Road Impact Trade Show & Conference are a triad of products produced by Advanstar Communications' Off-Road Group. Off-Road Retailer trade publication targets 14,000 off- oad dealers, distributors and fabricators; sister product, DIRTsports is a consumer magazine serving more than 90,000 off-road motorsports enthusiasts and is the official publication of CORR, UROC, NMRO and Best-in-the-Desert and is published in association with SCORE International. Off-Road Impact Trade Show & Conference gives the off-road nation a place to convene to share new technologies and techniques with a nationwide audience of retailers, resellers, buyers and manufacturers About Advanstar's Powersports Group The Powersports Group is the largest producer of trade shows and conventions for the powersports industry worldwide including the Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo, Big Twin West, Big Twin East, Dirt Expo and the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows® Presented by Toyota Trucks. It also publishes the leading trade publication Dealernews magazine, as well as event-associated consumer publications Powersports Magazine and Sturgis Guide. About Advanstar Communications, Inc.
Based in New York City, Advanstar Communications Inc.( is a worldwide business information company serving specialized markets with high quality information resources and integrated marketing solutions. Advanstar has 77 business magazines, 19 directories, 7 electronic publications, 54 tradeshows and 40 conferences, numerous Web sites, and a wide range of print and electronic direct marketing, database and reference products and services. Advanstar serves targeted market sectors including the automotive, beauty, e-learning, call center, digital media, entertainment/ marketing, healthcare, fashion & apparel, pharmaceuticals, powersports, science, telecommunications and travel/ hospitality industries. The Company has roughly 1,500 employees and currently operates from multiple offices in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.""

Here is the Original EDITORIAL from December 2, 2006. "Baja Blackie is a race safety hazard".

The following is a piece of information that some racers would read over and think, who cares?! Well, there are some real idiots running around, both on the web and on the race course, who claim authority on Baja Mexico information and racing information.

From the relic, cob-webbed, ego based discussion board this information proves how important verified information gets dissed and discarded by people who have no business doing so. Except for their massive egos, they have no business in the Baja race business. Not commentary, nothing. Because they themselves are safety problems and they may not even know it!

Proof: "Baja Blackie", actually admits using the "Weatherman" channel for his personal use, when in an emergency in that area or during regular race operations, would jepordize any contact to the situation by the authority to help, the Weatherman.

The character to note here (Baja Blackie) not only disses important, verified relative race information in this thread, first made public in his (BajaBrad) post, describing Simpsons at the 2005 Baja 500. But, also admits being a safety hazard on the race course by using the Weatherman channel for his own personal use!

In RED will be [commentary by Baja Racing News] and on the right the original posts.

The original thread, the original start post::

BajaBrad:: Just heard a report from our race team running the course, score has the race running backwards into Mikes Skyranch, with numerous wrecks and serious injuries, broken bones, resulting.

Anyone with a direct story?
I'll have something after I get back from the race

Sals response, "thats offroad racing!" yeah thats SCORE offroad racing! "The Most NOTORIOUS and DANGEROUS offroad racing in the world". quote from the cover page. aint that the truth.


Baja Blackie
:: [Here Blackie starts his dis of Brads info]

Re: Baja 500 crisis to Mikes Fri, 27 May 2005 16:03

Keep the "BS Platform" to a minimum 'till you have facts.

Hint: The people on this board, by and very large have deep respect for Sal Fish and we (I in particular) will not tolerate half assed, half baked attempts at gaining attention on his back.

And clue #2: The race is next weekend, you dolt!

Mexicali:: [Mexicali supports the dis, sucks up to Blackie]

Baja Brad
:: [Brad responds to the dis]:

Baja Blackie wrote on Fri, 27 May 2005 13:03

Keep the "BS Platform" to a minimum 'till you have facts.

Hint: The people on this board, by and very large have deep respect for Sal Fish and we (I in pasrtiuclar) will not tolerate half assed, half baked attempts at gaining attention on his back.

And clue #2: The race is next weekend, you dolt!

Baja Brad::

The information came from a source at SCORE.

Hint: The teams are preRunning.

Re: clue #2, thats Mr. Dolt to you. headspin

Not so fast Blackie! Maybe the bradster has traveled forward in time and is reporting from the future! Liar WTF thud headspin buttkick

BajaBrad:: [Brad responds]

Re: Baja 500 crisis to Mikes Fri, 27 May 2005 20:40

mexicali wrote on Fri, 27 May 2005 13:54

Liar Not so fast Blackie! Maybe the bradster has traveled forward in time and is reporting from the future! Liar WTF thud headspin buttkick

Did my post say the race is this weekend? P R E R U N N I N G

I'm on my way down now, will return in a week and a half.

Are you guys off your meds? roflmao

Baja Blackie::: [Blackie continues his dis]
el maestro

Re: Baja 500 crisis to Mikes Fri, 27 May 2005 21:00
Keep the "Inflamatory BS Platform" to a minimum 'till you have facts.
Clue #3 The race changes course and direction often.
Racing Girlfriend posts here and establishes Baja Brads info is CORRECT!
Racin Girlfriend::

Re: Baja 500 crisis to Mikes Sat, 28 May 2005 00:09
Well, it's true. The course is going the opposite way from it's "normal" direction through Mike's. My man is already there and pre-ran that section today (and will thru next week). He said it's a little tough, very rocky & a little tricky. He said after only 3 trucks drove through, the terrain has already changed. I'm sure by race day it will be completely different.

Re: Baja 500 crisis to Mikes Sat, 28 May 2005 11:25
Baja Blackie::


Best of luck to 3X! It will be a great race. And welcome to our family!

We'll be keeping score and will call our times on the Weatherman channel unless there is a "code red" on the channel at the time.
The plan is to score the following classes (1-4) through our locale.""END OF ORIGINAL BOARD POSTING

Unbelievable but true! Baja Blackie admits here, he uses the Weatherman channel for his own personal BS. Hey Blackie, GET OFF THE WEATHERMANS CHANNEL, 'Richard Cranium'! You are a race safety hazard!!!
UPDATED. The original postings have been washed off the website in question.

Baja 1000 in Tijuana! Otay through Popotla cutoff shortcut to Ensenada

Tijuana is figuring in bigtime for this Falls Baja 1000, November 2007, racing from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas. Tijuana will host some of the Baja 1000 festivities, making travel through Tijuana a possible disaster. In particular when the "dogs and ponies" of SCORE are forced to 'parade' from Tijuana to the city of the true start of the race, Ensenada.

Want to beat the crowds, save some money and get'r'done?

Try using the Otay crossing-Popotla cutoff. The cutoff starts at the Otay crossing. At all hours of the day and night and it takes less than 40 minutes from Popotla to being in line at the Otay crossing, going south to north. The same run takes about 30 minutes at 6 am. It does not cost a toll. No tolls! The drive from the Otay crossing to 805 is 8 minutes. With a SENTRI lane that is seldom busy and non-SENTRI lines less 1/2 the size of San Ysidro crossing. Special note
the far left lane splits into 2-3 lanes.

Another EXCLUSIVE from Baja Racing News!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Racing in Baja? Running diesel fuels from Baja Mexico? The Baja 1000?

Today there is no ULSD fuel available in Mexico.

The consequences of using non ULSD fuel in your rig are said to be dire.

The ULSD fuels in the USA are 15 ppm sulfur. Fuel in Baja Mexico is probably >500 ppm sulfur. Manufacturers of 2007 diesel powered light trucks in compliance with 2008 federal Emissions Standards, claim the non-ULSD "dirty" fuels will clog and or damage the emission control systems, the filter systems and
the injection systems and also void warranties.

We know lots of folks who are spending money upgrading and maintaining their "older" diesel rigs in lieu of purchasing new rigs because "new" rigs cannot be used in Mexico.

Of course, some believe the engine makers claims are merely scare tactics and there is no danger in using non ULSD fuels, sort of a Y2K comparison is used.
For several months now, Pemex Refinacion (that is the part of Pemex that produces fuel) has been producing Low Sulfur Diesel, known in Mexico as "Pemex Diesel Bajo Azufre".

This type of Diesel has been distributed all around Mexico for more than 8 months now, slowly replacing the old one (When received, it gets mixed with the old one, so it takes a while to reach it's optimal low sulfur quality). Pemex also sent mobile laboratories throughout Baja to check on the new Diesel quality at the beginning of this year... they arrived at the pumps in February 2007... they checked the Diesel Fuels in tanks and
told us it was already 98% Low Sulfur, back then, and according to them, at PEMEX stations, it should not have taken more than a couple of weeks to achieve it's optimal levels. At this point it is supposed to be all around Mexico. Premium fuel has also been upgraded to a Ultra Low Sulfur version, known as "Premium UBA" (Ultra Bajo Azufre). Regarding the quantity of sulfur in each fuel

In the near future, you may begin to see the change in the PEMEX Stations signs of the new fuel... it just takes a while since those are expensive and the owner of the Gas Station has to pay for them out of their profits.
On January 30th, 2006, the Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), published in the Federal Official Diary, the "Specifications for fossil fuels for the protection of the environment", in which are stated the new requirements Pemex will have to comply with, in order to produce and commercialized the fuels and diesel that are sell throughout our country.

The new Premium Ultra Low Sulfur, should have an average of 30 millions per part of sulfur (30 ppm), while the new Pemex Diesel Ultra Low Sulfur will have a maximum of 15 ppm. These new norms and specifications, are the result of a revision process that started in May of 2002, and in which the private, public and academic sectors participated. It must be noted that Pemex began to delivered the Premium fuel with the required specifications on October 2006. The quality required should be gradually met, due to the actual existence of fuel in the Gas Station's tanks, with a high content of Sulfur. Regarding Diesel Ultra Low Sulfur (Diesel UBA), it's introduction began on October 2006, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. In January 2007 in will be extensive throughout the Northern part of Mexico and then to the rest of the country. In Mexico we only have two kinds of Diesel... Regular diesel and Marine diesel.

In the States the are several varities, each with different quality and quantities of sulfur.
Ultra-low sulfur diesel was proposed by EPA as a new standard for the sulfur content in on-road diesel fuel sold in the United States since October 15, 2006, except for California and rural Alaska. California required it since September 1, 2006, and rural Alaska will transition all diesel to ULSD in 2010. This new regulation applies to all diesel fuel, diesel fuel additives and distillate fuels blended with diesel for on-road use, such as kerosene, however, it does not yet apply to train locomotives, marine, or off road uses. By December 1, 2010, all highway diesel will be ULSD. Non-road diesel will transition to 500 ppm sulfur in 2007, and to ULSD in 2010. Locomotive and marine diesel will also transition to 500 ppm sulfur in 2007, and to ULSD in 2012. There are exemptions for small refiners of nonroad, locomotive and marine diesel that allow for 500 ppm disel to remain in the system until 2014. After December 1, 2014 all highway, non-road, locomotive and marine diesel produced and imported will be ULSD.

The EPA mandated the use of ULSD fuel in model year 2007 and newer highway diesel fuel engines equipped with advanced emission control systems that require the new fuel. These advanced emission control technologies will be required for marine diesel engines in 2014 and for locomotives in 2015. Real world examples,
a ranch ran dozens of diesel engines for tens of thousands of hours in irrigation pumps, gen sets for packing sheds and many, many tractors for many years in Baja. They sent out fuel and used oil samples as part of our regular maintenance routine.

Back then it wasn't uncommon to have diesel with >2000ppm sulfur. They cleaned it up to more or less 500 ppm in 1990 and there it has stayed. Here are the facts as in how many ppm's of sulfur are in the fuel being pumped here and now at all the fuel stations in Baja.

The consensus in the fuel trading world and the trucking world where they are poised to use new ULSD compliant fleets everywhere in Canada, USA and Mexico under NAFTA is everyone would like to see actual test results of fuel being pumped in Mexico, not just PEMEX promises the hype. Basically, few believe PEMEX is delivering ULSD fuel consistently throughout Baja.

Some real-world guidelines:
Mexican Pemex Diesel - >500 PPM Sulfur - good stuff
US Diesel - 15 PPM Sulfur- bad stuff.

Regarding vehicles, the Stanadyne Performance Plus - 2004.5 GMC Duramax. These and older models do well in Baja, Mexico fuels. 2007 diesels, not well.

ULSD has 15ppm vs old 500ppm. The new diesels being produced have "catalitic converters" in the exhaust system and higher than 15 ppm fuels will "kill" the converters. "Costly adventure". The pre 2007 diesels will have to make certain additives are used "stanadyne, etc" to make sure all the parts IE: pumps, seals, orings and the like keep their lubricity. Otherwise you may be looking a problems sooner than you think. Baja Mexico also introduced the ULSD fuel earlier this year - give or take, yet some stations in the USA still offer both fuel types. IE: El Paso, Tx - Flying J's have both 500 and 15 ppms at 2 different stations.

The new 2007/2008, Ford, Chevy and Dodge diesel engines. They will only burn ULTRA LOW SULFUR DIESEL FUEL, they will not burn the LOW SULFUR DIESEL FUEL that you have mentioned. LOW SULFUR DIESEL FUELS could be used in the US and Canada prior 10/06. Please let all of know if the new ULTRA LOW SULFUR DIESEL FUEL is available on the Baja. If not there will be many of us that have bought new 2007 and 2008 diesels that wont be able to come back to the Baja this winter. The LOW SULFUR DIESEL FUEL will not burn in the new diesel engines.

The low sulfur diesel issue is an international effort to protect the environment, it is not unique to the States or Mexico, in fact, Europe and Asia have been working on this for a few years now... In Baja Mexico, they are just catching up. The idea is to get to a point where all on-road diesel around the globe has 15ppm of sulfur or less... regardless of how you call it, Low Sulfur, Ultra Low Sulfur, Less Sulfur, Almost no Sulfur or whatever. In some places, they are making their way to the 15ppm sulfur content in steps... therefore they have diesel, low sulfur diesel (with 500ppm) and eventually Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel.

Either way, the idea is to get to the 15ppm sulfur content on diesel. In the States there are several types of diesel, depending on the use, and the sulfur content on them varies... in Mexico we only have two types: Regular diesel and Marine diesel. The one you put in your car is the same used for off-road, construction and any other equipment that runs on diesel... no difference. In Baja Mexico, low sulfur diesel (or ultra low sulfur diesel), which has content of 15ppm (or less) of sulfur, has been slowly introduced nationwide since last year (October 2006).

In Baja California Norte, all PEMEX stations began receiving it (and therefore selling it) since January 2007. In Baja California Sur it has not been introduced yet... they are schedule to have it in the later part of this year. PEMEX will not order nor authorize any signs about low sulfur diesel until they make sure every Gas Station in Mexico has this type of diesel... this is the reason for the mobile lab units being sent to every gas station in Mexico. Maybe they when they will finally order the change of signs the name will be change to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel...who knows.

From the insider, "PEMEX Memos" or Government Press releases. PEMEX stations have received Pemex's lab technicians making low sulfur tests of shipments of diesel. From the Commercial Director at the Ensenada Pemex Distribution Center. Everything points to the same: low sulfur diesel has been slowly being introduced throughout Mexico for almost a year now.
In Mexico diesel is mainly produced for the agricultural and marine industries, not private vehicles (remember the government controlled diesel price you get when coming to Baja Mexico?).

Diesel in Mexico is mainly produced for farming, marine and commercial vehicles, not tourism. From PEMEX,
We only have ULSD fuel in this areas: Rosarito, Mexicali, Nogales y Ensenada, this information was confirmed by our west sales representation. the official is not mentioning this because if you understand how PEMEX moves the fuel in Mexico, it is assumed you will immediately understand this. In Ensenada, the Pemex Depot in El Sauzal (north of Ensenada)... is the Distribution Center, responsible for all the Gas Stations from Ensenada all the way to Jesus Maria (north of Guerrero Negro).

diesel particulate filter (DPF) and the regeneration cycle on the new diesels are often discussed by the professional diesel mechanics in Mexico as being the problem areas in the new motors, when runn in Baja Mexico. A 2007.5 Silverado with the LMM diesel engine, regarding the DURAMAX engine from GM. The occasional tourist who runs 2-3 tankfuls on his vacation will probably not do anything to their diesel engine systems. Ford and Chevy recommend no use of non ULSD fuel in the 2007 and newer rigs and its use will void warranties. Dodge and their Cummins 5.9L and its ULSD fuel warranty issues are not well known.

In summary, in Baja Mexico fuels are high in sulfur, which used to be good thing. They are not ULSD fuels by any stretch of the imagination.

1. Ford has a retrofit available for owners who need to run the truck in Mexico. I do not know if the cost is practical for Ford truck owners but it would be worth enquiring.

2. GM has no plans to market their new trucks in Mexico so there is no retrofit available and the owner’s manual warns that irreversible damage may be caused to the DPF if low sulfur fuel (LSF = 500 ppm) instead of ultra low sulfur fuel (ULSF =15ppm) is used.

3. The theory is that excessive amounts of sulfur compounds emitted in the exhaust gradually “poison” the DPF, causng it to clog with ash.

4. The DPF is a special ceramic filter which traps the soot, or black smoke. This soot has to be burned off, typically once per tankful, by higher exhaust gas temperatures created by injecting additional fuel on a computer controlled cycle.

5. If the backpressure in the DPF gets too high, from poisoning with sulfur, the engine goes into a special “limp mode”, with reduced power, and can only be reset by a dealer.

6. GM contacts advise that they have tested the effects of using low sulfur fuel instead of ultra low sulfur fuel and, while they do not want to put anything in writing, they have not measured any serious problems. There is a “sulfur poisoning sensor” in the exhaust system but it has not registered a big problem in tests. This probably indicates that GM is using a newer type of DPF which has much greater resistance to sulfur poisoning.

7. Ask your local fire chief and he will tell you that new fire trucks have had DPFs for at least a decade, burning low sulfur fuel (500 ppm), for all of that time without any problems. This is a clue that the “damage” predicted by owners’ manuals for our new vehicles may be way overblown. It could well be a case of the manufacturers wanting to cover their rear ends, just in case.

Baja Racing News

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Baja Champion Baja Safari Team Solorzano Helps Desert Dingo Racing for Baja 1000 2007

A local Santa Cruz, California team, rebuilt Volkswagen headed for Baja 1,000-mile off-road race in Baja, Mexico. With the help of World Famous Baja Champion Baja Safari Class 11 Team Solorzano.

The 1969 Volkswagen Beetle is in a million pieces in a San Jose backyard right now.

The Volkswagen Beetle Dingo is using will be used for marketing and promotion of the Baja 1000 race. The 1969 Beetle that will be driven in the race is in a million pieces in a San Jose backyard right now.

By November, though, it'll be ready to rev, rattle, clatter and roll 1,300 miles through the gnarled and rutted Mexican desert, the dust and the heat in a race that's been described as "a 24-hour plane crash"

Desert Dingo Racing, a team with members in Felton, Scotts Valley, Boulder Creek, San Jose and Washington, D.C., is taking its Bug to Baja California to compete for the first time in this year's Baja 1000 off-road race in Baja California and Baja California South, Mexico.

Memorialized in the 2005 film "Dust to Glory," the Baja 1000 is an annual off-road race through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. The event, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, includes various vehicle classes such as motorcycles, stock VWs, production cars, buggies, trucks and custom-fabricated race vehicles.

The local group will enter the Class 11 category, comprised of stock VWs, CLASS 11. The least costly category in the race to enter and the one reserved for the toughest, most hard-core, most charmingly underdog racers in the event. Class 11 cars must be pre-1982 Beetles with minimal modification.

"I like the challenge," said Charlie Reynolds of Scotts Valley, a driver with Class 11 experience and a mechanic for the 10-member Desert Dingo team. "It's more about figuring out problems and overcoming hurdles than it is about driving fast. You're more interested in not getting stuck and defying the odds of making a little car go a thousand miles it's not supposed to go"

And you get cool nicknames.

Desert Dingo was founded by Jim "RJ" Graham of Felton and friends Mike "Skid" Aquino and Cary "SCary" McHugh, both of San Jose. Other members include drivers, mechanics, team managers and PR folks.

The team is putting together the engine for its race car itself; it has another Beetle it will use for marketing and promotion. It hopes to find local artists to paint the cars.

Hundreds of thousands of people are known to line the race course, which uses combinations of private, ranch and paved roads and could at any time be blocked by various obstacles including people, a broken-down race vehicle, a fan's car or a cow. This year's race is Nov. 10-16. It starts in Tijuana with a parade to Ensenada; the race is from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas. Between six and a dozen Class 11 racers entered last year, said Graham. "Dust to Glory," directed by Dana Brown of "Step Into Liquid," was the inspiration to enter the race, said Graham.

He called his friend Aquino, a motorcycle racer, who was initially reluctant. But once Aquino saw the movie, he was in, said Graham. "Dust to Glory" also inspired Reynolds. "As corny and cheesy as it sounds, I absolutely saw that movie and was moved," he said.

In addition to the thrill and challenge of the event, Desert Dingo Racing has linked up with the International Diabetes Federation to use its cars to promote diabetes research and awareness. World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14, which coincides with the race. Team member Aquino has Type 2 diabetes, and two other team members have diabetes in their family history.

Graham noticed other race teams did drive-a-thon fundraisers � donors sign up to give a certain amount per mile the team gets through in the race � "so I said, 'Well, we gotta do this,' " said Graham.

They're getting help with rebuilding their car's engine and with logistics from the World Famous Baja Champion Baja Safari Class 11 Team of Eric Solorzano, a nine-time Class 11 winner of the Baja 1000. The team members will rotate driving responsibilities; Graham estimates the full race will take his team 60 hours to drive if they make it to the finish.

Does he think they'll make it? "I don't know," he said.

What he does know is the ravaging effects of diabetes, which will cause 3.8 million deaths worldwide this year, according to the International Diabetes Federation. That's roughly 6 percent of total world mortality, about the same as HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.

He wants to pass out information about the disease during the race. And he wants to raise some money for the cause. "I would love to set a goal of at least $100,000 or more," he said.

The team is sponsoring an art-car contest that includes $100 for the winning artist, plus supplies, food and drinks during the painting session. The team will document the painting process and use the images and video on the Desert Dingo and World Diabetes Day Web sites. Interested artists should submit a graphic showing the proposed design and three samples of previous work. The deadline is Aug. 7.

For information, contact Graham at