Saturday, September 08, 2007

Baja Off Road Racer Killed at SCORE Primm Race

Co-rider in SCORE Desert Race fatally
Injured during race accident Saturday

PRIMM, Nev.--Erick Morales, 33, of Ensenada, Mexico, was fatally injured when the race vehicle he was riding in crashed during the start of Saturday's SCORE Terrible's Primm 300 desert race in Primm, Nev.
Morales was the co-rider in the unlimited Class 1 Chevy-powered HMS open-wheel desert race car driven by Eddy Gonzalez of Chula Vista, Calif.
During the early afternoon start of the second portion of the desert race, which is part of the Los Angeles-based SCORE International desert racing series, the No. 115 race car came down hard in a bumpy section entering the first turn after the start, rolling end over end several times.
SCORE Medical personnel were on the accident immediately and provided CPR for 20 minutes until a trauma physician at the University of Medical Center in Las Vegas pronounced Mr. Morales dead at the scene.
Gonzalez, who complained of lower back pain, was transported to UMC and later released.
"This is an extremely unfortunate incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Morales," said Sal Fish, President of the Los Angeles-based SCORE International desert racing organization.
A total of 182 cars and trucks are competing the Round 5 of the six-race 2007 SCORE Desert Series.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Baja Racing History at San Diego Auto Museum

Another Baja Racing Exclusive!

Last week, Baja racing legends celebrated the 40th running of the Baja 1000 at the San Diego Auto Museum. A great time was had by all.

We were invited to the San Diego Automotive Museum to see their new Baja off-road racing exhibit. November 10 – 16, 2007 will be the 40th anniversary of the Tecate Score 1000, a famous off-road race through Tijuana, Ensenada and Los Cabos which was first held in 1967. Participants compete in buggies, trucks, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.

The standing room only event was very well attended. Baja 1000 racers through the years to help celebrate this special anniversary, legendary Baja 1000 racers were on hand to personally share with us the rich history of the event. They also posed for photos and signed autographs. Like, Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, Bruce Meyers and many more.

Some of the memorable names from the event’s history include three-time winners Ivan “Ironman” Stewart and Parnelli Jones, as well as Bruce Meyers (builder of the first buggy to run the Baja in its inaugural year), Malcolm Smith (off-road motorcycling pioneer), Sal Fish (President and CEO of SCORE International), Bud Ekins (Baja motorcycle racer), Johnny Campbell (9-time overall winner), Larry Roeseler (12-time overall winner), Mark McMillin (five-time overall winner) and many more.

In addition to mixing with Baja 1000 legends, we had plenty of time to explore the museum to see the other exhibits and visit the gift shop. Dave Stall, popular automotive personality. Dinner consisted of delicious Mexican food, prepared fresh for us on the park grounds at the rear of the museum.

The San Diego Automotive Museum is ideally situated for locals and out-of-town visitors alike. Along with its central, easy-to-find location in Balboa Park, its setting among the other museums (next door you’ll find the Aerospace Museum) helps to establish just the right atmosphere to enjoy and appreciate the special collections within.

You can learn about the San Diego Automotive Museum online at For instance, we discovered that the auto museum building was originally constructed in 1935 as part of the California Pacific International Exposition. Originally intended to be a temporary structure to display Exposition goods, its life was then extended for use during World War II as a barracks for Navy Corpsmen. After the war the building had many civic uses, including storage, as an auditorium and as a dance hall. Now, decades later, this building has become the home of the San Diego Automotive Museum.

The idea for an automotive museum in Balboa Park came from Briggs Cunningham, a legendary racer himself. With the help of local automobile enthusiasts the idea moved forward until, in 1980, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved the museum and granted it a long-term lease. Nearly $1 million was spent for the building’s renovation, which has since welcomed millions of visitors from around the world.

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