Friday, March 28, 2008

Chasing Baja Trailer

New Final Passport Date Announced

EXCLUSIVELY from a just finished Press Conference in San Diego California:

Baja Safari Breaks Baja News Exclusively Again! While all others Sleep!

Baja Safari Mexico Club announced today, the new, final passport passport date has been announced by the Departement Of Homeland Security (USA).

JUNE 1, 2009 is now the new, last Passport Rule Date by DHS. The bottom line is this, Americans can cross back into the US until June 1, 2009, with verifiable identification (State-California Drivers License) and a Verifiable Birth Certification. [There are many other combinations of legal documentations]

Americans do not need a passport for land travel crossings to the USA until June 1, 2009.
See more about this BREAKING NEWS AT Baja Safari NOW! at

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

NEW Bilstein Aftermarket Shocks for 2005 FORD F-250/F-350 4WD and later

New Bilstein Shock System for 2005 and later Ford F-250/F-350 4WD

Bilstein announces the release of their new BTS (Bilstein Tuned Systems) for 2005 and later Ford F-250/F-350 4WD Super Duty pickups. These new BTS systems include replacement front coil springs and two 5100 Series shocks. This system raises the front of the truck by 2.25”, increases wheel travel and vastly improves overall handling characteristics.

Bilsteins have won more off-road races than any other suspension brand!

Bilstein 5100 Series monotube gas pressure shocks are based on Bilstein’s world famous, race inspired monotube gas pressure shock absorber technology. These shocks also feature high capacity digressive pistons and split valving specifically tuned for lifted truck applications. The result is better control and more precise handling, especially when combined with the matching rear 5100 Series shocks that are also available for Super Dutys.

These new F-250/F-350 4WD 5100 Series shocks not only provide superior performance characteristics, but also come with a lifetime aftermarket warranty. Bilstein designs and manufactures shocks for most cars, trucks and SUVs. For more information, see your local
Bilstein dealer or visit: or call 1-800-537-1085.

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Off-Road Expo Rumbles Into Pomona April 4-6, 2008

Off-Road Expo presented by Toyota, the nation’s largest off-road consumer products show series, will rumble into the Pomona Fairplex with plenty of off-road products and fun for the whole family for the first ever spring expo Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6. SPRING 2008

This three-day off-road showcase will feature all the latest off-road toys such as trucks, sand rails, ATVs, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, rock crawlers and Jeeps, as well as accessories, technologies, and gear from the off road industries’ leading national and local exhibitors. In addition to all the off-road vehicles, accessories and great show discounts, there will be amazing live-action entertainment for the whole family including exciting motorcycle stunt performances in the Motosphere steel globe and United Off-Road Challenge (UROC) rock racing demonstrations throughout the weekend.

“The first ever Spring Off-Road Expo is a great addition to the series, as it is the perfect place for Southern California off-road enthusiasts to kick-off the season and see all the latest toys and accessories for the summer,” said Show Director Tom Gattuso. “Due to the success of the annual Fall Off-Road Expo in Pomona we wanted to give off-road fans another opportunity to come together with friends, check out the latest products in the industry and enjoy some amazing live action off-road entertainment. Off-Road Expo is also the best place to take advantage of great show discounts on vehicles, accessories and gear offered only on site at the expo.”

New this year, the expo will feature heart pounding performances from a team of motorcycle stunt riders inside the Motosphere steel globe. During each performance, two to four riders will race within inches of each other in open throttle action inside an 18-foot steel globe and perform a sequence of tricks in all 360 degrees of the globe. The stunt team will wow attendees with a sequence of tricks and is surely a can’t miss feature for motorcycle fans of all ages!

Back by popular demand will be UROC rock racing demonstrations featuring some of rock crawling’s most exciting competitors. Rockcross racing is a new breed of off-road motorsport that combines technical rock crawling with head-to-head racing, eliminating tedious time trials. The UROC demonstrations will allow attendees to get up-close and personal to this innovative new race form that marries the technical skills of rock crawling with the sheer thrill of racing as teams are not only pitted against each other, but also some of the world’s toughest obstacles. The UROC demonstrations will take place throughout all three days on a specially built track that lets fans get up close to all the action.

The Spring Off-Road Expo will take place Friday, April 4, from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and culminates Sunday, April 6, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Held at the Pomona Fairplex, located at 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona, Calif., admission to the event is $12 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children 5 and younger are free. Lowest ticket prices are available online at; $2 off discount coupons are available at Discount Tire Centers and participating off-road retailers. The Off-Road Expo presented by Toyota will also return to Salt Lake City for its third year April 25 – 27 and the ninth annual fall Off-Road Expo presented by Toyota will return to Pomona October 3 – 5. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, please visit

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BJ Baldwin Racing Reports

BJ Baldwin Race Reports

2006 SCORE-International champion BJ Baldwin is currently campaigning his trophy truck in the SCORE-International and Best in the Desert championship series. Additionally, BJ plans on expanding his program to include both rally racing and the Dakar styled rally raid competitions.

When asked about the upcoming year and his current duties BJ responded; “I have a lot going on, my father and I are building a 22,000 sq foot race prep facility in Las Vegas to support our racing efforts. We are in the process of finishing the facility and staffing it with the right people. We are both going to be racing SCORE and Best in the Desert as well as exploring other options. I can keep in touch with all the race fans out there with a full length film project.we plan releasing towards the beginning of next year. We have some things planned that have never been done before in an off-road film before. I want to race as much as I can. If I had it my way, I would be racing all the time,” stated the confident BJ Baldwin.

BJ has started his 2008 race season off strong, battling through minor mechanical failures to stay in contention in both the SCORE and Best in the Desert championships. Currently, BJ is first in points in the SCORE series. He finished the SCORE Laughlin Challenge in second place despite transmission and tire issues. At the Best in the Desert “Parker 425”, BJ managed a ninth in-class finish despite engine problems. BJ finished the SCORE San Felipe 250 in seventh place despite leading the race for well over two hours, only to loose a transmission mid-race. BJ had this to say about the first few races of the year; “Obviously I go to every race to win. I’m not happy with my results this year thus far, but we are working towards fixing the issues. We recently restructured our race prep and are in the process of creating a permanent race prep team here in Las Vegas. We have hired some key off-road veterans including Barry and Cory Beacham from RPS. Our goal is to create the best team possible and go win!”

BJ Baldwin’s website for race results, photos and video:

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Playa Saldamando a Surf n' Turf Baja Getaway

Playa Saldamando on the Surf, Near the Turf!

Playa Saldamando is located at kilometer 94, off the Tijuana/Ensenada Toll Road. They are approximately 55 minutes South of Tijuana or 10 minutes North of Ensenada, next to the Pacific Ocean and is a beautiful place for families to relax. Playa Saldamando has over one mile of coastal property, all fenced and gated to enhance your security.

Playa Saldamando has employees on the property 24 hours/7 days a week to provide you friendly service. They offer private campsites available on the beach and on the cliffs above. All sites have beautiful ocean views, all lined with white rocks, a ramada for shade, picnic table, fire-ring, bar-be-que ring and some very large sites, which can accommodate large groups. They do not have "hook-ups" therefore, Motorhomes will be "dry-camping", however they do have water in case you run low. Playa Saldamando takes pride in our clean, maintained camping areas and our clean restrooms with flushing toilets and showers. Activities include Water activities such as swimming, surfing, kayaking, boogie -boarding and snorkeling as well as beach volleyball.
Contact: in San Diego 619-857-9242
Location: Playa Saldamando is located at kilometer 94 approximately 55 minutes South of Tijuana. It is located about 10 minutes north of Ensenada.
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Baja Monkeys Finish Second in San Felipe Race

The Baja Monkeys, a local off-road motorcycle team, placed second Saturday in the 125cc pro class at the 22nd annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 Desert Race, round 2 of the five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series.

Members of the team, sponsored by Flying Monkey Motorsports and riding a Honda CRF250X, were Larry Perkins, Strafford; Malcolm Wood, Bolivar; Craig Goldsberry, Springfield; and Gabriel Hinshaw, Olathe, Kan. Chase truck drivers were Doug Jarmin, Strafford, and Sergio Prado, Stockton.

The race took place in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. More than 280 entries from 20 states and six countries competed in 27 pro and six sportsman classes in the 232-mile race. There were four teams in the 125cc pro class.

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Baja Racing Radio Report on ESPN 800

ESPN 800 AM & RPM Today, the Motorsports Voice of Southern California, hosted Baja Racing Radio Report
The ESPN 800 radio show has been on-air for over three years. The many motorsports venues presented by the ESPN 800 AM show, also promoted the first LIVE television reports from the Championship Off Road Racing track at Chula Vista.
The ESPN 800 radio show also, was the first to broadcast LIVE from the Chula Vista track on radio. 800 AM. The show is also streamed LIVE over the World Wide Web and can be reached via
The many archived radio shows, which include many Baja Racing reports, including a LIVE call-in report from the SCORE TECATE San Felipe 250, in Baja Mexico last weekend, the morning after the race. As an example of the many off-road call-ins over the last year, Steve Myers of International Racing Consultants, called in to the show last year after the first SNORE race, his company worked for the series as the mandated race safety-tracking service provider.
Bob Hynes of RLH Communications also was interviewed last year about his radio business and history of radio communications in off-road motorsports in Baja California, Mexico.

Tune in to ESPN 800 AM every Sunday at 9 AM and get caught up in the exitement of all of the 'Motorsports' broadcast and webcast every week. Send your Baja Racing News to to be included in the Weekly Race Reports!

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Goodyear Advances on Fortune's Most Admired

Goodyear Advances on ‘Fortune’ List of Most Admired Companies

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, North America’s leading tiremaker, has been recognized as one of the most admired companies in America by Fortune magazine.
Goodyear was the highest-ranked tire company and ranked No. 2 overall in Fortune’s America’s Most Admired Companies’ Motor Vehicle Parts category. In 2006, Goodyear was ranked fifth among Motor Vehicle Parts companies.

"This recognition, and the steady improvement in our ranking, is a demonstration of the outstanding work Goodyear associates have done the past four years to drive dramatic change and rebuild our company," said Robert J. Keegan, chairman and chief executive officer. "It validates our efforts in all aspects of performance and is particularly gratifying as it represents recognition from our peers."

Started in 1983, the Fortune Most Admired list is considered "the definitive report card on corporate reputations." It uses a rigorous assessment of more than 3,000 executives, board directors and securities analysts to determine a company’s overall reputation, including measurements of innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment and quality of products and services.

The full list and related stories appear in the March 19 issue of Fortune, on newsstands March 12, and available online at

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. The company manufactures tires, engineered rubber products and chemicals in more than 90 facilities in 28 countries around the world. Goodyear employs more than 75,000 people worldwide.


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Sunday, March 23, 2008

SCHAMPA San Felipe 250 Baja Race Report

Three Schampa sponsored drivers made it to the top 10 at last weekend’s SCORE San Felipe 250 race. The Schampa motorcycle team headed up by racing veteran Lyman Scherer took 5th in class. With riding support from Al Corte and Joe Ortega, the team finished the 232 mile race in 7 hours with no problems.

“Pistol” Pete Sohren in the #2 Schampa Trophy Truck also a pulled a top 10 as the 10th finisher in Trophy Truck. Starting first off the line, Pistol charged through the course but lost a tire shortly after zoo road putting him down several positions. Pistol’s navigator and co-rider jumped into action replacing the tire putting Pistol back in the race. He gained positions again but was brought down when some unknown metal debris seized the oil pump. The crew took apart the pump, removed the debris and Pistol once again got back into the race with no other problems. Pistol brought the truck to the finish line in 5 hours and 51 minutes. Out of 17 trophy trucks that started the race, only 13 went on to finish. Pistol’s 10th place finish puts him in the best spot for the Baja 500 drawing in May.
Josh Rigsby in the Schampa Class 1 drove a flawless race. Rigsby started 14th off the line and kept his pace. Rigsby took his time bringing the car into race mile 161 where Steve Ewers was waiting to get into the car. Rigsby stopped once on the course to check out a possible problem, but was back on the gas. Ewers brought the car home earning the team a 7th place finish. With both Rigsby and Ewers sharing the driving duties, they were able to get the race done in just 5 hours. Attrition was the key to this race, drive smart and let everyone else in front drop out with problems.

Also, finishing 2nd was Honda rider Steve Hengeveld. Hengeveld wears the Schampa thermals while he rides had a few problems bringing his bike to the finish line. Co-riding with Mikey Childress, they lost the exhaust at mile 100. Hengeveld says he “cruised” the bike into the finish line. “You never give up, You never know what will happen” says Hengeveld.

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San Felipe 250 Report Vildosola Racing Finishes4th

Small problems keep the team out of the podium

After a year of absence, this past weekend the SCORE San Felipe 250 came back to its roots and the beautiful, warm town of San Felipe was again the host of another exiting chapter in the Vildosola Racing history books.Vildosola Racing came in to their backyard on a clear mission, conquer at any cost the race victory and secure enough points to continue their quest for the SCORE Trophy Truck championship. The Red Army came out in full force, with over seventeen visual pits, five chase vehicles and two high speed attack vehicles positioned strategically on the course they were ready to attack. When the plans were finalized, the trucks rechecked and the meetings behind them the team was ready to take San Felipe and reclaim the glory of past years. Vildosola Racing Trophy Truck #4 sporting their new sponsor, Red Bull, received the green flag three minutes after 10:00 am Saturday morning just outside the Arches in San Felipe.

Team owner and driver Gus Vildosola was behind the wheel with navigator and ace mechanic Javi Valenzuela with the task of completing the first 93 miles to Morelia where he would hand over driving duties to Tavo. The challenge ahead of them was more than 232 miles of the most brutal terrain this beautiful peninsula has to offer. The Ford F-150 marked with the emblematic #4 was off the line and with a clear mission, to deliver a clean truck to Tavo so he could continue the assault on the San Felipe 250. Gus noted, “We had a clean start and didn’t have any issues, we knew our competition going to be tough to beat; we tried to keep a good pace and ended up passing some of the guys with problems. The truck ran well and when it was all said and done for me I left Tavo a clean truck running physically in fifth.”(he passed Cadiente, Sohren & Bobby Baldwin)Vildosola Racing’s Trophy Truck arrived at the main pit area twelve minutes behind the race leader, the pace of the race was very fast but Vildosola was still within striking distance of the three ahead of him. The pit stop was flawless and they took on a full tank of fuel, two tires and a driver change in under one minute. At this point Tavo Vildosola took the controls of the teams’ Trophy Truck and was poised to track down the leaders.

Tavo started to make up some of the time lost immediately, visual pits were reporting that Trophy Truck #4 was gaining on their competition and the excitement grew as every mile went by. Before dropping into Matomi Wash, Tavo had passed a limping BJ Baldwin and Trophy Truck #22, running physically in fourth place and closing in on Chad Ragland in Trophy Truck #33.“In terms of the crew, they did an excellent job, I cannot recall a race where everyone was so prepared, executed their assignments to perfection and kept me informed without delay of my position and that of my competitors. I knew that I was going to have to push hard to catch some of the truck in-front of me, realistically Collins and Post were a little out of reach, but that did not keep me from trying”. Tavo commentedThe battle for third place was raging on; Tavo was behind Chad Ragland only twenty seconds as they both dropped into Azufre wash. Tavo had made up more than three minutes in just seventy miles on the savvy veteran but bad luck struck when Trophy Truck #4 suffered two simultaneous rear flats at RM 182. What made matters worse was that the air jacks did not function properly reducing Tavo and Javi to use the manual jack.

They lost approximately twelve minutes changing both tires and were at this point clearly out of contention for the podium. After this Tavo continued to his next visual pit and stopped for a replacement tire, he know realized that it was impossible to make his lost time back up, so opting for a different strategy he decided to go for the finish and secure valuable points for the chase for the championship. This is not to say he was going to disappoint fans and spectators alike, he pushed forward as hard and fast as he could, living up to his reputation of leaving 100% out on the course and not ever backing down. Five miles before the finish, Tavo suffered another rear flat and stopped to change it with the help of a couple hundred fans. Minutes later Trophy Truck #4 crossed the finish line; beaten, battered and put through its paces in fourth place.

To check out pictures, videos, previous press releases, the team’s progress in 2008 and other information go to

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