Wednesday, November 28, 2007

SCORE Silence Over Baja Crime Devastating

Numerous Teams Bail On SCORE
Baja Crime Stories Pile-up
UPDATED! SCORE Remains Silent

Repeated Calls to SCORE by Baja Racing leads us to conclude the felony gloss-over continues at SCORE. No concrete response to the crime wave from Sal Fish.

MARCH 28, 2008


SCORE put out a press release prior to the Baja 250 in San Felipe that everything is A-OK.

The Hall family, stolen trailer, was found last month east of Yuma, Arizona.

These latest messages are directly from the Hall Family:

"Got the weirdest call yesterday.
The State Department called to let me know that Chris' BODY had been found. Craziness, I flipped out. After a few minutes the man told me that the person found had hanged himself and had Chris' drivers license on him. Can you believe that? Anyway it obviously was not Chris but what a crazy few minutes it was. My coworkers were flipping our because I was- craziness. They found this man in La Playas, outside of TJ. Chris would a) never do that to us or himself b) never go into Mexico.

It took awhile for that part of the conversation to come about (like after I threw up in the trash can). Then they called back to let me know that the TJ police may have released the information that Chris Hall of El Cajon killed himself in TJ...

Chris & I had to call our families to let them know he was fine all just in case the media did get a hold of the story. OMG. What a freakin mess. Now the State Department wants a copy of our home owners claim so that when they go through this man's home they may recover some of our belongings. AND they asked if we want the license back- aaah! No, it was in the man's pocket when he HANGED himself, are you kidding me with that?! Today I received two calls from the US consulate informing me of the same thing.... amazing. Just thought I would post this for those who have been following along with the circus. Submitting the homeowners claim this week."

The last update:

"Now the US Consulate is trying to contact me with regards to "transportation of the remains". I have had three telephone messages this week from the US consulate. Okay, a little sick humor is making this easier.... I left this on the contact's voicemail on Wednesday afternoon. " I really do not want the body back, I never liked him anyway." Wonder why they suddenly quit calling?! Those of you who know us know that we are taking all of this with a grain of salt and teasing around in a sick sort of way about the whole lastest round."

If the consulate didn't have enough trash to deal with.

The reactions to the Hall family crime and other events/crime wave are concrete, see for yourself-from November 2007 until today.

The Hall Family:
"You are right, many will make the trip south for the Baja races. Your quote "the next two baja races are relatively incident free" scares me. This is your life and the lives of your family and friends. Racing the Baja is just NOT WORTH IT. Some of the [Baja travel] suggestions are great but the truth of the matter is that a team was chased down during the day on the toll road. Walking down the street people had guns pointed at them- in populated areas.Where and when is it safe in Baja? Is racing in Baja really worth risking your family and friends? I know what our family is going through everyday. I hope no one else has this experience, race the Best in the Desert or SNORE, SCORE minus the Baja. It really is just not worth it."

Jerry Benoit:
"Reading about the incidents with police and thefts and everything else from the Baja racers and surfers, what happens with our snowbirds going down for the winter months? If these scumbags have no problems holding up younger age people they will have no problem preying on the elderly. It will only get worse in a country that is so corrupt. I would imagine chances are it will never change though. Score has been thrown out of most of the US race venues over the years and Baja is all they have left. I also feel Sal is too lazy to deal with things so they will continue to have the races in Baja. We have been going to the races for a couple of decades and this is just some of the things we have been through over the years. We were leaving Mexico this last time and discussing the Helicopter crash at RM 120 and that lead to Dale Whites fathers crash then on to a motorcycle rider in San Felipe one year and then to people in TJ. These are the 7 bodies I have seen racing down there over the years. Every year you here about people that are not coming home from the race. I have seen more people die in Baja than the United States. Then we have the auto accidents over the years with the Litners head in 89 and other crashes on Highways 1, 5 and 3. Then we have multiple times someone in our group has been held up by the cops or the Mexican border inspection station for doing nothing and they forced to pay them off. We have had trucks broken into out in front of the San Nicholas the night before a 500 and they stole our driving suits, helmets, shocks, radios, we had a suitcase stolen out of the backs of a trucks at another 500 and 1000, Tool box stolen ice chest and other things stolen from trucks at other races, We had tires taken from the back of a truck in side the fence area of contingency. The place is not safe and I will never take my family down there anymore it is just not worth it."

Mike Nix:
"I'm with all of you baja is unsafe. In 2000 i got my jeep stolen."

Tim McCreary:
"My son was wrongly arrested in Ensenada, during this Baja 1000".

Pete Sohren:
"I don't take my family to Ensenada, ever".

Brian Groff:
"I think that if enough teams band togehter the Mexican political/social machine will have to address these problems. My hat is off to teams McMillin, Ashcraft, Mendeola, Hall, etc. for making the decision that family welfare and support crew saftey is more important than a finish line in Baja."

Camburg Racing:
"For now I am going to push for BITD and race there well organized series where I feel much safer. They have EMT's at every pit location and BITD official trucks to help us get our equipment if we go off a cliff. in Mexico we our on our own and get no help retreiving or expensive truck. We do not have the budget to leave our truck down a [ravine] and call it a loss. That is what happens in Mexico. So to sum it up, United States races for Camburg Racing."

Mendeola Racing:
"Unfortunatley, it has come to a point were the Score Races Draw too much of the wrong attention, I know there are other Race organizers in mexico that for some reason do not have these kinds of problems. Thankfully we have yet to have any of these experiences, but we are no longer willing to risk something happening. Even the booby traps can be just as dangerous as being held up. So we say, No Thanks! If there are significant improvements we will return. This is very disappointing."

Ashcraft Racing:
"We have come to the conclusion that we will no longer subject ourselves to the atrocious events that occur while we race in Baja. Our Team is tired of being harrased by the "policia" for bribes, Tired of vehicles being stolen, Tired Hotel rooms being broken into while crew members are sleeping, and Tired of unsafe road conditions. Racing is supposed to be about Family and Friends. Well I can no longer ask my friends to come and pit for fear of losing them on the dangerous roads. We dont bring the wives and girlfriends for fear of their safety. We have lost the two main reasons we started racing. We have had enough. Baja offers the most beautiful terrain and challenging race courses. My family has been raicng in baja since the late 70s. So this has been a difficult decision for us to make. Baja has changed from what it used to be. Untill conditions improve you will not find us there."

Terry Webb Racing:
"The real question is, What has Sal ever done for us? Nothing Sal is in it for Sal nothing more. He doesn't care for the racers only how much money he can put in his pocket.If a few get killed oh well its Baja and the lure of Baja (sounds so cute when Sal says it I just get all goose bumpy thinken about it) To answer the question what can we do? For me its off to BITD for good, Casey has always been a worry wort for our safety so this is the final straw, no more SCORE for us."

Faster Caster Racing:
"As much as I love going down there I will not be going back until it is safe. Never had any issues with the cops, never been pulled over or shook down and never even had the guys at the military check points ask for anything and I'm the whitest white boy you have ever seen! Drove down to the 500 alone in my new truck and trailer with no issues but there are too many stories now and I don't want to press my luck anymore. Heck if we all got together and spent the same amount of money that the crook cops steal from you guys think of how much land we could buy in the US for races! I think we need a thread to post how much money the cops stole from everyone so we can add it up. Somethings wrong when you need a bodyguard to go have some fun in Mexico."

Brain Groff:
"it has become increasingly dangerous in the past couple years I have limited the trips I take down there with my family because I am not willining to subject them to the negative side of what camping in Baja may bring. When the dangers get so out of hand that merely traveling the toll roads is potentially life-threatening, I have to re-think my priorities. Even keeping my family at home (as you mentioned that you do) is no longer enough for me. If I were killed or incapacitated my family looses their sole source of income. I know that anything could happen to me anywhere, but for me (personally) i just can't justify the risk vs. benefit"

Tony Modica Racing:
"I Raced For 5 Years Straight And Last Year After The Thousand I Just Had It . No More !"

Hancock Racing:
Racing in Baja, "Sponsor says NO! I'd like to explain but not sure if this is the place to do it. Also these are just opinions based on experiences in Baja. I wanted everyone to know how dangerous it is in Baja. Our team is class 25. We took second last year at the Baja 1000. This year we were riding for a factory and took fifth after fourty some hours.First let me say racing means more to us than our jobs and we all love Baja. We would do anything to race Baja. We will never take our families to Baja. Stopped doing it three years ago when rider of record had his son. This year our families flew into to Cabo and flew out."

Tony Cerone Racing:
"I had some friends attend a wedding in Rosarito the weekend before the start of the race. The reports back from 8 different groups that drove themselves was that they will never go into Mex. again. One couple were taken out of their car by Police after making a u -turn. The woman was felt up under her clothing during a search and her guy could do nothing! They paid their way out after the "Search" with $340.00. I could never forgive or forget this if it was my wife or daughters that this happened to. I too love Baja but I don't think I will be going back any time soon. How can you feel safe if you can't trust the men that are there to enforce and protect the people and the laws."

Game-Over Racing:
"I just want people to realize that there are plenty of organizations out there that do offer a much safer environment to race in. Yes there is crime in the US and the possibility of it happening here but the odds are in your favor on this side of the border. You have to realize that it's not just the racers who are in danger but every single person that comes to help you.You ultimately are responsible for your team and their safety, I beg of you please stay out of mexico,we are no longer safe there."

Jack Webber:
"I'm never going back."

Tony Campbell:
"I agree that ALL RACERS need stand up and demand change. It may be hard to boycott Baja races but may the only way to change things."

Desert Empire Racing:
"I can tell you who will NOT be racing or going down next year!!!!! ME!! They can have this place. This will be my 4th year and it get’s worse every year!! Me and my guys are done with Baja!"

Sourapas Motorsports:
"I most likely have raced my last Mexico event for many reasons but I will truly miss racing down there. The risk to reward just isn't worth it at this stage of my life and racing career. I know many of you believe Sal Fish and Score can fix the problems in Baja and make it safe for us but that's just not realistic at all. The problem is larger that even the Mexican government can control even if they wanted to. It's like the wild west down there now and we are bringing a knife to a gun fight. The last couple races down there I didn't even bring my family because I was concerned for their safety. I was lucky at the Baja 250 this year as they tried to pull me over in the same spot as the Hall family but I didn't and escaped. The only way you are going to affect change is hit them where it hurts and not go to Mexico and take dollars out of their pockets. We have plenty of great races in the U.S. so we have options thank God. Once again I think Score and Sal do an outstanding job but we are asking the impossible from them on this issue. The biggest losers are the young people who may never get the opportunity to race Baja like I was able to or even watch the race without unacceptable risks."

This week, on November 20, McMillin Racings, Andy Mcmillin, took the first step in calling on SCORE to responsibly address the tidal wave of Baja criminal activity impacting Baja racers, chasers and fans. Baja Racing has also received many complaints about what happened to more Baja race people during the recent Baja 1000. Many more are not being reported.

After more than a year of attempts to coverup the criminal activities and the related mexican insurance fraud by race related minions, Baja Racing supports Andy's public call-out to SCORE to address the issue.

All the stories of Baja crime against racing community.

All the stories of Mexican insurance fraud against the racing community.

The truth is, American racers in Mexico are at unacceptable risk.

SCORE must act.

Here is Andy's message to SCORE:

""This [message] is for Sal Fish to read because I know Dominic comes on here and reads what is on here.

After coming back from this race and hearing about what Chris Hall's family went through, along with numerous other tragic stories, my family and I are deeply concerned about our safety while at Baja Races.

Now is the time where WE THE RACERS need to stand up for ourselves and not let this happen to us anymore.

We either need Sal to help us and stand up for us, because we know the local police are "dirty" and will probably rip you off instead of helping you find your stolen vehicle, or we just aren't going to be returning to Mexico, period.

On Monday night before the start of the race, I was walking to my hotel room from where our trailers were parked (right across the street) with my mom and my girlfriend. The sidewalk got small so I hopped down onto the street. A truck turns the corner and is creeping along at maybe a half mile per hour, going super slow. My mom tells me to get on the sidewalk but I think nothing of it. As the truck drives by, its going so slow that I can see inside the truck: a guy driving, a girl in the middle seat, and another guy in the passenger seat. The passenger window was down and the passenger was HOLDING A RIFLE AIMED OUT THE WINDOW!!!!! My heart sank, I lost my breath, thinking they were going to jump out of the car and rob us or kidnap us, heck, or shoot us!

After that encounter, combined with all the other stories from this years race, I have come to the conclusion that NOBODY IS SAFE DOWN IN BAJA. Either SCORE steps up to help us racers, or we go start racing in Best In The Desert or start new races in Utah, New Mexico, or somewhere where you don't feel your life is being threatened 24/7.

Who else is with me? Who else feels unsafe? SCORE...what can we do???""

Andy, Baja Racing is with you. The stop-watch on SCORE has begun! We will keep you updated.

Gary Newsome
Baja Racing

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Baja 1000 Report from Winning Riviera Racing

Riviera Racing Lands Baja 1000 Win At Lands End

"The 40th SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 unfolded as if it was a script developed for television as Riviera Racing’s Mark Post raced the #3 trophy truck across the checkered flag ending on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Cabo San Lucas. The 25 hours and 21 minute odyssey stretched 1296-miles from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California and ended with a champagne celebration that marked the end of a historic SCORE desert racing season for the #3 Riviera Racing trophy truck team.

Veteran off road racer, Mark Post, who was joined by Rob MacCachren and Carl Renezeder in early sections of the race, climbed from behind the wheel after charging the final leg of the 1296-mile race and thrust his hands into the air, signaling the team’s first SCORE Baja 1000 in its 15-year off road racing history. Navigator/Mechanic - Kelly Courie, Driver - Rob MacCachren and his Navigator/Mechanic - Alex Zachary, joined Team Owner/Driver - Mark Post on the roof of the winning SCORE Trophy Truck for the grand celebration that launched a raging 72-hour Riviera Racing non-stop fiesta throughout Cabo San Lucas.

Riviera Racing’s win sent yet another thundering exclamation point throughout the world of motor sports upon claiming this dominant victory at the 40th Anniversary of the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000.

This season’s SCORE Baja 1000 triumph also clinched the victory in the tight race for the season championship point’s race between last year’s champion, B.J. Baldwin and Mark Post/Rob MacCachren. In winning the last race of the 2007 SCORE Desert Series, Riviera Racing claimed the SCORE 4Wheel Overall Point’s Championship. This is the first time in history of the SCORE Series that the overall point’s championship was won by a trophy truck team. The conquest also marks the first overall win in the elite four-wheel classes for both Mark Post and Rob MacCachren in the SCORE Desert Series.

Elated and celebrating on top of the #3 race truck at the finish line, Mark Post said, “Our team strategy came together and the race plan was executed precisely. Everyone stepped up and got the job done, from the pits to prep to chase and logistics. It was a near perfect race. BFGoodrich Tires performed to the extreme, while handling everything the rugged Baja terrain dished out. We didn’t have a single flat throughout the entire race. There was a lot riding on this one single race. After an entire season of off road racing, the season championship came down to toughest and longest race of the season. We went into this year’s Baja 1000 with a detailed strategic plan and we stuck to it each and every minute of the adventure. That, along with the attention to detail by the entire crew is, what put us on top. The truck was prepped to perfection and the crew along with the Baja Fool’s never stopped working until we hit the finish line. It doesn’t get any better than this …Riviera Racing’s number one!”

Prepped by Jim Blackmore and the dedicated Riviera Racing crew, the #3 Trophy Truck was the class of the field among the elite ranks of the world’s top off road racers. After overcoming an early alternator issue they never looked back.

The 2007 SCORE Baja 1000 victory marks an exciting end to a history-making season that saw Mark Post and Rob MacCachren lead the team to a record five Trophy Truck wins over the entire season. Facing the toughest 1296-miles of the season, the #3 race truck faced the ultimate in diversity over what has long been regarded as the toughest race in the world.

Racing from fan-packed streets of Ensenada, Baja California, champion off road racer Rob MacCachren, charged from the third position into the wilds of the Northern Baja Peninsula. Only 24 hours before the race, Mother Nature doused the first 400-miles with significant rainfall allowing for racers hold the pedal down to the floor and not let up due to heavy dust and silt normally associated with desert racing.

Riviera Racing’s race strategy played out to perfection as the Baja 1000 winning team operated under the radar until the final 100-miles of the race.

Riviera Racing’s Driver-Rob MacCachren explained, “We really were running about 70% throughout the entire race. We knew the attrition was going to be high because teams weren’t saving their equipment. We never heated up the motor and transmission and just kept the pressure on running our race. We knew where we were among the field of trophy trucks based on split times throughout the entire race,

so it was just a nice easy run down the peninsula. I can’t thank the team enough. Thanks to Jim Blackmore, Oren Anderson, Warren Mitchell, Alex Zachary, Kelly Courie, Earl Vest, Byron Waddell, Ariel Romero, Dave Farruggia, Tim Sanchez and of course Mark Post for the opportunity to race with Riviera Racing.”

Leading the five-truck Riviera Racing chase team down the Baja Peninsula was Riviera Racing’s Jim Blackmore who stacked his team with decades of Baja racing experience over the past few years. In the weeks leading up to the race, Blackmore scheduled the team mechanics/navigators for prerunning while he and a select crew of two stayed behind completing the final prep on the race truck. The strategy paid off well as each mechanic/navigator was able to become intimately knowledgeable with their sections of the race course.

Crew Chief Jim Blackmore commented, “Each stage of the race was calculated out and everyone on the team hit their marks to perfection. The Baja Fools provided our stationery pit services. The majority of this race occurred under the cover of darkness and that mystic added another element forcing teams to deal with the perils of racing on the treacherous Baja Peninsula. We could not have been victorious in this race without the assistance of the Baja Fool’s and the dedication of each and every volunteer and crew member.”

Completing the 1296-miles while averaging 51.125 miles per hour was no fluke as each team that piloted the #3 race truck put in all the time they could in prerunning this year’s SCORE Baja 1000. Rob MacCachren/Alex Zachary spent countless days and nights on the race course preparing them for the incredible run. Carl Renezeder worked his middle race section for hours on end leading directly up to race day while Mark Post/Kelly Courie set up shop in Cabo San Lucas in order to memorize the final leg of the race in this year’s adventure.

Riviera Racing’s veteran mechanic/navigator Kelly Courie explained his perspective, “It was a bit strange that Mark and I got in the truck very early the next morning, but we ended up having an epic run in the final southern section of the race course. The truck left the line the morning prior and getting in the truck so much later was different than normal. When we did our driver change and got going down the race course the GPS containing my notes failed so we were running on what we had learned during prerunning in the weeks prior. Rob and Alex gave us the truck in perfect condition so it was up to us to keep up the same pace they had established and run for the checkers without any problems. We were mistake-free in the final section and crossing the finish line with the overall win tops a great season of accomplishments. Ending the race on the beach in Cabo San Lucas was pretty wild. The town came alive and as race fans and locals alike congratulated us day after day.”

The 2007 Riviera Racing season marks the winningest Trophy/Trick Truck season in history. Victorious in five prestigious races in both SCORE and BITD, all the while clinching the SCORE Desert Series championship in the final SCORE race of the season marks a record that will long be sought after by the world’s top off road racers for years to come.

Capping the historic season with the SCORE Baja 1000 win simply adds to the magical mystic of the slick black Riviera Racing trophy truck."

Baja Racing

Malcolm Smith Remembers Off-Road and Baja 1000

Malcolm Smith makes off-road mainstream business

Deep in Rattlesnake Canyon, beyond Big Bear Lake in California's San Gabriel mountain wilderness, Malcolm Smith was sifting through a patch of sand.

The future world enduro riding champion had ditched high school for the day and found himself stranded by a snapped transmission chain on his 500cc Matchless motorcycle. It was 1956, two years after the 15-year-old Smith had first ventured into the San Gabriels on a Lambretta 125 scooter. To make headway vs. the snow and mud, he'd used worn cleats tossed away by the high school football team. By the time he was stuck in Rattlesnake Canyon, persistence and resourcefulness were second nature. "It took me about an hour and a half in the sand to find the link to the chain that had broke," Smith told IBD. He fitted the piece back into the chain, then pounded it together with rocks. "Otherwise I think I would have been in that canyon a week before anyone came by."

Smith survived Rattlesnake Canyon and rode to the top of his sport. He dominated Europe's Six Day Trials races, considered the Olympics of off-road motorcycling, from 1966 to 1976. He won the grueling Baja 1,000-mile race three times on a motorcycle. He won it another three times in four-wheeled vehicles. Outside Europe, the sport of off-road enduro riding faced steep challenges. Top riders like Smith and predecessor Bud Akin were legends in the riding community. Europeans flocked to see the events. But the remote, one-way courses weren't spectator-friendly to Americans. That gave manufacturers little incentive to support even the top riders. "If you went back to the magazines in the era Malcolm rode, look at Cycle World, which has been one of the largest distribution magazines; the enduro riders just don't hit the radar," Mark Mederski, executive director of the American Motorcycle Association's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

While top motocross and road racers received full factory backing, enduro riders like Akin and Smith relied on their entrepreneurial chops. Akin supported his riding career as a motorcycle dealer and part-time Hollywood stunt driver/rider.

Hollywood Comes Calling

Smith built a $20 million-a-year motorcycle dealership and a real estate management and development operation. A co-starring role with Steve McQueen in the 1971 motorcycling film "On Any Sunday" gave Smith instant name recognition across America. Smith was born in 1941 at Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. His father, a former gold miner, was 81 when Smith was born. The family moved to San Bernardino, east of Los Angeles, when Malcolm was 5. Smith took his first step in business when Rush "Pappy" Mott, a motorcycle dealer, got tired of seeing the kid root through the garbage and gave him a job. Mott was an old racer with a wooden leg earned during his racing career. He taught Smith the ins and outs of the business. Pappy Mott was among the first Honda dealerships in the country to import Honda's first Super Cub bikes in the late 1950s.

None of the mechanics at Mott's shop wanted to assemble the incoming bikes, which were shipped in pieces from Japan. Mott told the youngster he'd pay $5 for each assembled motorbike. When everyone had gone home, Smith would clear the dealership floor and lay out the parts for eight or 10 unassembled bikes. Working as a one-man production line, he could finish the job in a couple of hours. Smith would exaggerate and tell the service crew it took him eight or 10 hours. "I didn't want them to catch on that I was making more money than the head mechanic," he said.

The kid traded in his scooter on the 500cc Matchless when he was 15. He began racing a year later. Off-road races were common in Southern California, and Smith would ride the local circuits after school during the week to practice. He was out practicing one day when racers arrived. Smith quickly learned he was quicker than those in the group who were winning races. He signed up to compete. In his first race, Smith told himself to hold the throttle flat open for as much of the race as possible. He started deep in the pack and, as the group slowed to head into the first turn, the new kid crashed into the back of the pack. He ended up at the bottom of five other bikers. "All I remember is a chain going around right in front of my face," he said. He took a dozen tumbles during that race, but still took second place.

"I realized if I had eliminated all that time on the ground, I would have been in first place," he said. The next month the kid came back, eased off the throttle a bit and chalked up his first of many first-place finishes. Smith broke his leg during one of his first races after turning pro at 18. While recuperating, he enrolled in the aircraft mechanics program at San Bernardino Valley College. After graduating, he began managing the service operation for another local dealership, K&N Motorcycle, and Smith returned to racing. The off-road races offered only trophies, no prize money. So he filled the back of his van with parts before heading to a race. He opened up the night before an event and sold parts. After the race, he sold parts again.

European Success

About 1965, Swedish motorcycle manufacturer Husqvarna contacted the young mechanic and offered to sponsor him in the Six Day Trials (which changed its name to Six Day Enduro in 1980). He'd been hot to compete in the event, and a free ticket and a motorcycle to ride in Europe were big lures. "I was making $100 a week, so my chances of going to Europe were pretty slim," he said. In Sweden, Smith bounced over the moss and mud-covered boulders. He took a silver medal, but relearned the lesson from his first race: Smooth works better than fast. Easing up often wins the race. Smith returned the next year to take the gold medal, which he won seven more times through 1976.

In about 1970, filmmaker Bruce Brown and McQueen approached Smith about making "Any Given Sunday." Brown had made the popular surfing film "Endless Summer" several years earlier. The new film portrayed Smith as King of the Mexican 1,000 - the consummate rider, able to tackle any off-road challenge with a fun-loving attitude. The film earned an Oscar nomination, and Smith became a motorcycling icon in the U.S. He borrowed from his stepfather to buy the K&N dealership in 1972 and changed the name to Malcolm Smith Motorsports a year later. The family-run business has grown into a 65,000-square-foot operation, with 93 employees pulling in about $20 million in sales each year. At 66, Smith still heads up off- and on-road riding excursions and says he still looks at the challenges of business and racing competition in much the same way.

Baja Racing

More Baja 1000 Results OC Teams Dominate

Orange County Campbell claims tenth Baja Championship

For the tenth time in his illustrious off-road motorcycle-racing career, the Orange County rider won the granddaddy of all desert races, the 40th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Nov. 14, with fellow Honda teammates Rob Bell, Ken Norman and Steve Hengeveld. And - just like the other nine winning occasions – Campbell and crew won in impressive fashion, claiming the race's overall first-place finish. The Honda squad completed the grueling 1,296.39-mile course in a time of 24:15:50 for an average speed of 53.43 mph, finishing ahead of the Honda "B" squad by 1 hour, 18 minutes, 55 seconds. "We got blessed with some rain up north which helped us out," Campbell said. "Everything we did in planning all year worked out. It takes a team to be successful down here."

In other Orange County resident results:
Campbell was not the only Orange County motorcycle rider that experienced success this year at the Baja 1000. Craig Adams claimed two class victories in the 40 and 50-year-old divisions.
Adams teamed with Brett Helm (Poway), Louie Franco (Sherman Oaks), Jon Ortner (Santa Barbara), Jeff Kaplan (Thousand Oaks) and Bob Johnson (Temecula) to win the Class 40 race in 28:01:11. He also teamed with Chris Haines (Dana Point), Jack Johnson (Boulder City), Scott Pfeiffer (Costa Mesa) and Jimmy Sones to win the Class 50 race in 28:35:30.

Baja Racing

Camburg Racing Baja 1000 Race Report

Camburg Racing in the 2007 Baja 1000

This year the Baja 1000 impacted us with mixed emotions. From the beauty of what Baja has to offer to the corruption of the wicked. Camburg racing still had a blast at the 40th running of the SCORE Baja 1000. The race had its challenges for us and tested us most of the way. We brought a planned out crew with 4 chase trucks and 15 dedicated Camburg team mates to get the truck 1300 miles to Cabo. Special thank you to the guys from SoCalTundras! Drivers included Jason Campbell, Kirk Miller from AEM, and myself. Navigators included Justin hinds, Ed Jager from Ironclad, Scott Zindroski, Casey Campbell, Razor Rob Mc Cullough, and Drew Thomas. It was the first time a few of these guys were ever in a race truck and there stories will be told for years! Off the starting line the truck was in limp mode due to an outerwear that was installed to cover the intake hole on the airbox. We were able to get the truck running with normal power at mile 2 on the pavement in Ensenada about 1/2 hour later. After we got the truck running in the right hand turn in the street with the dip in it the driveshaft flange broke. We were able to fix this in about 20 min with the spare on the truck but thought we should have another spare for the next 200 miles we had to do. We called a chase truck to turn around and meet us back in town to load another spare on the race truck. We headed back to the main drag in Ensenada at the start line and waited for our chase truck to arrive. Now 1.5 hours later we were ready to start the Baja 1000 for the second time. The truck was doing a great job through the start and the only obstacles were locals driving home backwards on the race course to get home. This slowed us down for the first 100 miles of the course for our safety. We encountered a few broken down trucks blocking the race course and bottle necks of locals going each direction who would not move out of each others way to let each other by. We figured this cost us an extra hour to hour and a half. We got the truck to Jason Campbell at mile 205 with no flats and no other issues. Jason's job was to get the truck to mile 400+ on the Bay of LA road. He got the truck there the next morning and Kirk Miller drove the truck from this location to Viscano. Kirk at 70 mph towards the end of his leg hit a large metal pole at around 70+ mph bending the stock spindle of the truck. To other damage amazed us as we have seen trucks do the same thing and bend frames, a-arms, etc. I got back into the truck from mile 650 to 982 With Ed Jager and Rob McCullough. We had a great time and a fast section where we were able to catch a few of the guys in our class and pick up our average speed to 32 mph. The 4x4 in this new Tundra and the power of the new 5.7L engine was amazing and we were about the really need it at mile 880. The silt beds in this area were torn up and about the worst silt I have seen since the 2005 Baja 1000. The Tundra worked its way through with no problems until I hit silt so deep the bottom of the truck just high centered. We were stuck for about 2 hours until I ran 2 miles in the dark and got a local with a tractor to come pull us out. On our way again we made it to mile 982 at around 11 pm Wednesday night and Jason was off to finish this 40th Baja 1000. Jason got to mile 1034 when the engine lost power and made screeching noises. We called it a day at this time due to engine damage. The next day at 7 am we drained the oil in a plastic bag and box, installed a new oil filter and added new oil. we inspected the air filter and intake tube and found no dirt at all in the intake tube shock off the filter and re installed it. At this time we do not know what caused the damage as the truck is still on the trailer and we have been working on the EDGE race truck to battle for first place overall in the BITD 7200 mini TT class.

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