Saturday, April 05, 2008

Baja Legends - Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith, The Grinning Gargoyle!

First of a series of Baja Legends

We had just returned from a tour of the old mission in the square in the heart of the tiny pueblo of San Ignacio several years ago when I spied an elderly gent eyeing our motorbikes. Said his name was Jimmy Smith. Said he first rode down Baja way in 1953. I begged him to repeat his claim, "Did you say '53!?" "That's right. I rode a Triumph down to this town in 1953."

Sensing a story, but running out of time, we exchanged cards and then our group rode off towards the Sea of Cortez. It took me several years to actually track down Jimmy Smith after that chance meeting so long ago and even then it was only because he happens to live in an East Cape Baja town that I often fish in. Los Barrilles is a hamlet of a couple of thousand souls located on the stunning shore of the Sea of Cortez about 45 miles north of Los Cabos. Jimmy lives there along with his wife, Guadalupe. With tape recorder and digital camera in hand, I visited the old timer this August and his incredible story goes as follows. Jimmy also proudly presented me with a copy of his book, Tales from the Grinning Gargoyle. More about the book and Jimmy's special name later.

Jimmy Smith was born on July 15th, 1927, in Quail, Texas. As a youth he served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II as a Navy SeaBee. After the war he returned to Texas and became a motorcycle policeman in Lubbock. "I was too scared to steal, and too lazy to work, so I became a policeman," Jimmy recalled. Hearing that motorcycle police officers were paid twice as much in Los Angeles as in Lubbock, Jimmy shifted west and settled in Los Angeles where he very quickly became part of the LAPD two-wheel force. It was during those days that Jimmy first became known in movie-making circles, as being a motorcycle policeman he was asked to escort film companies. He was also moonlighting as a motorcycle mechanic at SirKegian Brothers in downtown LA. He was working on Indians.

"One of the guys who used to hang out there was a guy we all called 'Slats.' He rode a BMW. The first R69 I ever saw. Anyway around that time I was sent up to Saugus to be security on a movie called "Code II" with Keenan Wynne. We got hung up on the shooting schedule when the stunt man took a spill on the bike and broke his arm. The scene called for a jump across an old irrigation ditch using an old black and white Indian Chief. So they asked me if I wanted to try it. They had a cameraman lying in the bottom of a ditch. Piece of cake I told 'em. Only problem is I wasn't a member of the Screen Actors Guild. "So Keenan, he called somebody down in LA and got somebody to sign me up in a hell of a hurry. They paid me $300 bucks for that shot and that tickled me to death! "After then I was pretty well hooked up with the movie crowd in LA.

"One morning I was painting a motorcycle there in Sir Kegean's shop and a guy comes in from a studio and says, 'Hey Jim. We need 60 extras with their bikes. We're gonna make a movie up near Hollister, California. We want you to gather up all your buddies. We're paying 70 bucks a day for a rider and his bike, plus room and board.' "I said alright. I didn't have any trouble finding that many. Hell, I could've found one hundred and fifty of them. Right now. Anyway one of the first guys I hired was 'Slats,' OK? "Well 'Slats,' he went up there. Well he was just a clown on the set. He pulled one gag in a barroom that they got on film. He ad-libbed it. Instead of it being an outtake, they wrote it into the script! The cops come in and they're draggin' him out of this bar and he says 'Oh, the shame of it all. The shame of it all. I'm going to jail. Call my mother, boys. Tell her to send me a case of beer!' "That was Lee Marvin. He was 'Slats.'"

Jimmy then talked about his motorcycle injury while a LA motor cop, what little he remembers of it. He had written two citations that morning, when he started at 8am. He went to a coffee and donut shop (so they told him). The next thing he knew it was three weeks later. He remembers nothing of his crash. Seven ribs broken, sternum, right arm and right leg, plus a skull fracture. Jimmy was hospitalized for over a year. Said he almost died. Then things got interesting. When he finally was fit enough to return to work Jimmy ran into some resistance. "Wait a minute, Smith. You've got an inch and three-quarters missing from one leg. You are physically disabled. You're off the motorcycle squad for good." Jimmy asked for time to reconsider his options and took time off. At that same time he had heard of a couple of guys who had taken a wild motorcycle ride deep down into Baja. Jimmy reasoned that if he indeed was disabled he should attempt a ride down that way to see just how disabled he was! "So I went over to SirKegians and dealt them out a little cash for a 500cc Triumph Trophy model, hard tail, and I took off to Baja California to see if I was physically disabled." That was in the spring of the year and Jimmy rode to San Ignacio in three days!

According to Jimmy gasoline was not a problem because every ranch had a huge drum. It was important however to filter the gas through a felt hat, which every ranch had for that very purpose. Jimmy also noted that the course he took used mainly arroyos to head south and he did not ride up on top very often. When he arrived at San Ignacio, a tiny pueblo about two-thirds of the way between Guerrero Negro and Santa Rosalia (incidentally Jimmy notes that Guerrero Negro did not exist in those days and only sprung up when salt began to be extracted from the area commercially, which was many years later), Jimmy was quite taken with a particular senorita-love at first sight if you will. What follows now is an account of that first meeting, which appears in Jimmy's book.

Readers should note that San Ignacio is a tiny, but charming place that was obviously established because there was water there. Lots of water, and palm trees and lush vegetation. An oasis of sorts. It still looks that way today as you ride towards it after enduring hours of sandy, windy wasteland on the high plateau that makes up the center of the peninsula crossing. Readers should also note that Jimmy claims that he proposed marriage to Guadalupe 16 times, returning each year in the spring to ask for her hand and being denied each time, year after year, until... The story: "The Mexican courtship is a complex ritual indeed, incomprehensible to other cultures. The faux pas of strangers intent on committing matrimony with the village princess of an upland pueblo of Baja California are legendary. Often times penalties incurred for some social blunder can be compared to Parcheesi.

Should one omit certain necessary steps in the ritual, he is obligated to return to square one. "First off, the suitor must prove his social status. The old Spanish caste system is alive and well in these waters and strictly enforced. The village princess' regal state in these small remote pueblos is based on various factors, principally family wealth and bloodline. Assuming the target of our hero's affections has some stature in the community to present evidence that he is worthy. Apart from these requisites, the candidate must display his physical attractiveness as well as a pleasing personality. "Your reporter was totally ignorant of the above listed data when the courtship of Guadalupe Romero Lopez was initiated at San Ignacio, Baja California, in the spring of 1953. Dona Lupe will describe our first encounter: 'I was engaged in some unremembered activity in the kitchen when I heard a very loud and rude noise in the street in front of our house. Investigation revealed that some sort of humanoid had arrived at the gas pump in front of Meza's store. He was clad from head to foot in black leather. His head was covered with a white object resembling a chamber pot. He had apparently been transported on a two-wheeled conveyance that I later learned is called a motorcycle. He attempted to converse in a guttural and unintelligible language which proved to be English. 'After his failure to make himself understood, he did the most astounding thing. He sat on the concrete base of the gas pump, removed one of his boots and exhibited his bare foot. The foot was swollen and discolored. Those present concluded that he was trying to tell us he was injured. I moved nearer to examine the injury and he committed a horrible act. He winked at me!'

"The alleged chamber pot was a Bell 500 helmet that had set me back 60 bucks. I was trying to communicate that my foot had suffered severely in an altercation with a rock and a fracture was suspected. Yes, I did wink at that cute little trick, never dreaming that in the local idiom this amounted to an outright proposition. "Guero Soldado, the local expert in English and tequila, appeared after a bit and reported that no doctor was available but a local healer could perhaps be of some help. "Lodgings were found at Casa Leree, the local pension (boarding house) and the curandero was summoned. The healer applied a liberal amount of Vick's VapoRub to the ailing foot and pulled on my toes until I yelled. He sold me a bottle of bootleg mescal, locally called pecho amarillo (yellow chest) and departed. "Guero remained at my bedside and expressed his sympathy by consuming a lion's share of the liter of pecho amarillo. When the mescal supply ran out, Guero reported that he could supply more if I could supply 20 pesos. Shortly after Gueros departure, I decided I had been conned out of 20 pesos and went to sleep. This proved to be untrue. A well-nibbled bottle of pecho amarillo was present and accounted for when I awoke to the noise of a revving motorcycle engine. Suspicions that my motorcycle was being stolen proved to be unfounded. Jack Mulcahy had arrived. Like me he was traveling by bike and had been pursuing me since Ensenada.

"Jack reported that a dance was in progress nearby and expressed desire to attend. He remedied my ailing foot with a pair of codeine pain pills and a goodly supply of pecho amarillo. "We cleaned our leather riding togs, brought them up to a sheen with Brilcreeme hair oil and mounted our steeds in search of nightlife. "Our arrival at the baile (dance) created a sensation. The merrymakers insisted we bring the bikes into the dance hall where the light afforded better inspection. As the evening progressed, several young ladies present donned our helmets, mounted the motorbikes and uttered simulated engine noises much to the delight of the onlookers. The dance ended late. "The next morning the excruciating throb in my cranium was exceeded by a kindred sensation in my left foot. It seems I had spent the evening and wee hours dancing on a fractured pedal digit, resulting in a swollen and discolored foot that would not fit into a three-gallon bucket. A liberal supply of Leree's coffee and Mulcahy's codeine soon made life tolerable.

"Mulcahy's alleged fluency in the local idiom when I expressed a desire to develop an acquaintance with a certain young lady observed at Meza's gas pump the previous day. He proved to be most resourceful. He soon supplied a crutch and we set out to visit the senorita. "Here once again we will let Dona Lupe supply the narrative: 'You can imagine my horror when this same gringo appeared at my home that morning with a companion who spouted gibberish that he apparently believed to be the Spanish language. My mother invited them into the kitchen and served them coffee. I hid in a bedroom. After a long effort to communicate, they left. My mother reported that while she was not certain, she believed that he, the gringo with broken foot, had come to ask for my hand. I will not repeat my father's remarks about this development.' "Square minus five! "Mulcahy departed to the south after a couple of days, leaving me to my own adventures in San Ignacio, immobilized with a broken foot. "Around that time, lobster fishermen returned from the coast with money in their pockets. San Ignacio would be in the fiesta mode. Music was heard at all hours. The fishermen had time on their hands and much to their amusement, set out to teach the gringo the rudiments of the idiom. I could swear with the best before I conjugated my first verb. After considerable coaching, my first attempt at dialogue with my intended went somewhat askew: 'Que bonitas nalgas tiene usted!' 'What a lovely ass you have!' "Square minus 10! "

As spring waned into summer, my foot healed. I explored the fishing camps on the Pacific, the Viscaino Desert, and the Sierra San Francisco. I could detect no progress in my courtship of Guadalupe. "Diminishing finances compelled temporary abandonment of my pursuit for Senorita Romero. "I was back on station in San Ignacio in March 1954 with my pockets lined with pesos and armed with a certain linguistic ability gained at the adult education facility of the Long Beach public school system. Guadalupe was not impressed. A certain Senor Rocha had captured her attention and all her free time was spent on a park bench in the plaza gazing soulfully into Senor Rocha's eyes. "I employed various and sundry ruses to renew my imagined conquest with the result that I made a complete ass of myself. "My summer was spent murdering boll weevils in the cotton fields of west Texas from a Piper Cub. There, a new plan was formed. Since airplane pilots enjoyed a special status in Mexico, the motorcycle would be shelved and my next attack would be by aircraft! My sensational arrival at San Ignacio in a shiny new rented Cessna during the subsequent spring was noted by the entire populous save one; Guadalupe Romero Lopez. "Since Senor Rocha had ridden off into the sunset, Lupe was a free agent.

My linguistic skills had improved sufficiently at this point to give me the confidence to propose marriage without the aid of an interpreter. Her answer was one of the few words that English and Spanish have in common: No! "My parting shot was, 'Very well me love. I'll return next spring for another go.' "And I did! I returned and proposed each spring until 1968. That year her betrothed would not release his grip on her hand long enough for me to say more than hello. After 15 consecutive unsuccessful tries, the effort was abandoned. "The spring of 1969 found me with time on my hands I had recently returned from a civilian job in Vietnam and had to spend some three months outside the USA to escape income taxes. Old habits die hard. After a leisurely trip down the peninsula, I was once again in San Ignacio. "While superhuman effort was required, I concealed my delight on learning that the 1968-model suitor had ridden into the same sunset as Senor Rocha. A sinister plot was afoot. Hilda and Abel Aguilar invited me to a dinner party to celebrate my return. My assumption that this would be a quiet affair proved to be untrue. A goodly number of people, including Guadalupe, were present. Dancing followed dinner. I adopted the posture of a bored spectator until Guadalupe approached and asked, 'Will you dance with me?' "We danced in silence for a long time. 'Will you ask me to marry again this year?' she queried to my amazement. 'I think not!' said I. 'A man has his pride.' 'Very well then, I will ask. Will you marry me?' "Guadalupe and I have nine grandchildren as of this writing!"

How did he get the name the Grinning Gargoyle? Earle Stanley Gardner gave it to him after he played a dirty trick on the world famous author. Seems Gardner, a pulp mystery author of notable stature during the '50s, felt he had 'discovered' Baja and visited there often on archeological expeditions. He needed a guide and after meeting Jimmy and realizing how much Jim knew of the peninsula, hired him to help with his expeditions. Earle Stanley Gardner had a passion for Indian arrowheads and so when the following message arrived in a telegram: "ARRIVING LAS CASITAS MULEGE THURSDAY STOP EXPECT YOU TO BE THERE STOP E.S.G.", Jimmy prepared a special find for him. Enlisting the help of a local artist he gathered a couple of Indian arrowhead look-alike rocks and had his friend inscribe on several dozen of them a special phrase. Gardner arrived on time and immediately disappeared into the brushy jungle, towards the caves outside Mulege with a sizable entourage. Returning that night he gathered quite a crowd as he proudly displayed dozens of arrowheads on top of the bar at Las Casitas.

A local expert was called in to evaluate the find and while using a magnifying glass to get a close up of each arrowhead, was surprised, astonished really, to find that the phrase Made In Japan had been painted on many of the supposed ancient archeological treasures! Jimmy's treachery earned him the sack from ESG and also the name the Grinning Gargoyle of Baja, which Gardner used to refer to Jimmy after the incident, never once referring to him by his real name again. I asked Jimmy how he felt about always riding his motorcycle alone. He replied in Espanol: "Mas vale solo, que con malo companada." Better to travel alone, than in bad company. Guadalupe lives today in Las Barrilles, Baja Sur, a small fishing village on the Sea of Cortez. Jimmy has passed into Baja History, God Bless Jimmy!

Baja Racing

Thursday, April 03, 2008

This Is Baja Racing, "The Most Notorious and Dangerous Racing In The World"

Over the past few days since the San Felipe 250 a bunch of moto guys have been complaining about the proceedings in San Felipe having to do with the moto results of that race. Of particular interest of those racers has been a singular line (an alternate routing of the race course) that Honda 1x used. They just so happened to win the race.
Baja Racing has an opinion about such things in general, notice the story title, we pay attention to what's being said, but, for the most part we believe desert racers, baja racers should blow off steam. If they vent their opinions in public, for industry and fan consumption, we will report on it, if it's entertaining or safety related. Tonights festivities and comments were rare enough to document and relate to the larger racing story. About off-road, desert racing in Baja, Mexico.

If the reader remembers one thing about this article let it be this: Cameron Steele said tonight just after one of SCOREs drivers meetings in Ensenada awhile ago, Cam Steele, the late Jason Baldwin and Sal Fish had a private meeting about the race. Cam Steele quoted Sal Fish as saying, "it's OK to cut the course in open desert, washes, etc. It's not OK to cut the race course through fences". The plain meaning being, don't trample ranchers land, because that will cause the Baja races to go away, no passage rights from racers causing problems for SCORE.

"Baja Racing, the most notorious and dangerous racing in the world".

Mike Childress was quoted as saying tonight, "Sal Fish's actions say, 'it's OK to cheat as long as you don't win doing it." "I got DQ'ed in 2006 for cutting a corner at RM 12 at a past race. When Honda 1x was shown to Sal as cutting the course at this race (San Felipe 250 2008) after he said he was going to DQ them, he backpeddled after IRC showed him the evidence, Sal said, 'uh-uh-uh', then he allowed them to win after he was shown the goods."

Pete Sohren confirms:
"trophy truck's could fit through the fence but when sal said it was a DQ to do so we went the longer/rougher way...we had some team honda/jonny cambell racing riders on a radio show on the night before the race and they told us how bad the feelings were over the DQ problem at the 2006 san felipe 250 with the 1x taking the cut at mile 12 that they werent going to have that problem again...apparently they forgot on race day during this years race...".

Cam Steele chimed in, "the rule is NOT to get caught".

Childress continued, "just after CP 3 (CheckPoint 3) a truck knocked down fence, that led to a line that cut out alot of bad course (whoops and crap) and at the drivers meeting the night before, Sal said you would be automatically disqualified (DQ'ed) if you went through the fence and that particular section".

Cam Steele responded, "On race day, Team 1x, 'the lead team', did not accidentally go through that section", Sal doesn't know what he's talking about". SCOREs Person of the Year two years running, strikes again! Thanks for the confirmation!

SCOREs final response to the challenges that Honda 1x, cut that section, in direct opposition to Sals directive at the drivers meeting, "they (Honda 1x) did not win the race by taking that line".

Childress replied:
"I had a bad race crash and dislocated my wrist. Rode the next 20 miles like that so that steve could solo the rest of the way..All I can say about the line thru the fence...we didnt do it 1x did. Sal made it clear if you did you would be dq'd at the riders meeting..Sal didnt have the balls to stand by his word..Told me he shouldn't have said that at the riders meeting."

Jamie Campbell, Johny Campbells brother chimes in:
"Jealousy is a B---h Mikey or are you just bummed the old man schooled you guys, my big bro will always be "The King of Baja" let it go dude ! I recall 2 years or so ago you got caught cheating in SF riding for "American Honda" and got penalized for it. I guess Sal had bigger balls then."

Mike Childress responded:
"Jamie Jamie Jamie, I was just setting the facts straight...People asked about it. They didn't win the race because of that line we had a bad weekend and Robby rode great. Yeah I was dq'd 2 years ago for the same action. I'm not even going to argue the IRC showed the cut Sal said yes he cut. Paul said yes he cut..But because that it didn't change the outcome of the race that is was ok..So everyone great news....if you cut its ok...just dont win doing it! Baja 500 will be a different story, cant wait".

Steve Bourgeois, frenchey 'seve' whined endlessly:
"After Checkpoint 3 and entering Huatamote Wash, there is a private property fenceline where someone removed a section, resulting in a little shortcut. It probably cut 30 seconds off.What I don't understand is if 1x's E-Track stopped working at RM 100, how do people know that 1x took the line? Was there a witness? Or just another case of selective enforcement?

Sal Fish announces at Rider's Meeting that fenceline opening at RM 194+, entrance to Huatamote Wash, would be considered an automatic DQ if anyone took it.-1x IRC public tracker stops at RM 100, yet Mike Childress (5x, eventual 2nd place) "knows" 1x took this shortcut at RM 194. Childress demands an IRC track from Fish at finish line. IRC box recording indeeds shows 1x illegal cut, but Fish tells Childress "it doesn't affect win, what does it matter." No action taken against 1x. No action taken against 1x.Sal Fish/Score International sets precedent that you can violate Score rules, but the difference "didn't affect the win." No penalty issued or assigned.Is everyone happy with that? Hunky dory? Peace on earth?-8x crashes on RM 12-23 stretch, rider becomes disoriented. Rider leaves course, ends up on Hwy 5. Claims he rode Hwy 5 shoulder north until he rejoined race course. Score claims "no foul" because long diversion "made up no time." If 8x had turned around when he discovered his lost situation, rejoined race course, he would have added substantially to his overall time. He in fact avoided several miles of whoops.Score did nothing, allowed 8x a podium (3rd place) finish, with no penalties or sanctions whatsoever. No action taken against 8x. No action taken against 8x. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?-Lack of enforcement - no, ignoring - by Score's own rules.-Selective enforcement by Score of a certain brand/team? Kinda suspicious, huh?Forget the names and brands. Hold Score International responsible for this JOKE of rules enforcement.Sorry folks, this is not whining. This is years' of the same observations that when technology now proves otherwise, Score flips their noses at you and and ignores their own gospel.

Current Score racing problems are highlighted in the San Felipe 250 Forum. I am starting a new thread because of a problem I see only getting worse.Score has always bent the rules for bikes, especially if it favors a certain "NAME BRAND" bike manufacturer. And why not? HONDA provides all kinds of advertising venue and opportunity to Score that Score "owes" it to them to reciprocate. Nothing wrong with that except Score has abused that client-patient privilege and allowed Honda to do anything they want.One exception: 2006 San Felipe 250, where Paul Fish, riding in a helicopter and seeing first hand, a very serious shortcut by the Honda bike, DQ'd team Honda, an incident that could not be hidden. Amazingly, Sal Fish called Bruce O at Honda and told him the bike was being DQ'd before the official announcement.The San Felipe debacle of no action taken against 1x or 8x is a joke. The shortcourse "wouldn't have allowed the win" or "added nothing to their overall time" is an absolute travesty. Score is saying: People, it's OK to bend the rules as long as it doesn't affect the win... or... add to the time you finished (1x and 8x, respectively).This is NOT a Class 22-only issue, which many of you think it is. It is an ALL SCORE issue. You guys racing Sportsman or doing your own thing as an Ironman may not care because it only affects the "big guys." It affects you as well. You cannot sit back and adopt a laissez-faire attitude because it doesn't affect your outcome.Now. Let's talk about IRC's E-Track. The "public" webcasts have shown their failure. Remember, what you're "seeing" on the public internet is a racer-paid selection by the racer: every 2, 5, or 15 minute update. Any guess to what frequency rate the factory teams are selecting?What is Score doing about the "recorded" tracks on the IRC units themselves? Or is this just another Rally Logger brushover?

As long as were talking about SCORE's is the one were talking about:RULE GL15A marked course is that official route designated by and marked with SCORE markings. The marked course must be followed by all vehicle entries during the event. No vehicle entry may deviate from the marked course on either side more than fifty feet (50’) from the centerline of the course to pass. The 50’ limit may change from event to event or from one area to the next in the same event as stated by SCORE. Passing on a marked course is permitted when the deviation is made safely and within the set limit. No short coursing is allowed. (Short coursing is defined as deviating from the marked course for other than passing.Sensitive areas are those that are designated by SCORE or government regulatory agencies. No deviation off the course whatsoever is permitted in designated sensitive areas. Special markings may be used by SCORE in sensitive areas.Open running areas are those designated by SCORE where one or more routes may be used during the event. Open running will be permitted only within the parameters of the area designated by SCORE. One or more course routes may or may not be marked by SCORE. SOCRE will preannounce any controls which may be located within an open running area.SCORE is not responsible for markings which are damaged or moved. No persons other than SCORE officials are permitted to place, remove or relocate course markings.All vehicles must drive only in the correct direction of the course route or trail.Failure to abide by these regulations is grounds for disqualification, fine, suspension, and/or penalty determined at the discretion of the Race Director."

Paul Fish responded:
"Regarding the Race Map Image/tracking, provided below, The green line with the mile markers is the race course. The red line on the right is the 8x course. The black line on the far right is the highway. The straight red line on the bottom left does not represent anything so please ignore that line.I don't believe that Rule GL15 is relevant in this case. For whatever reason, 8x was lost and made three significant attempts to locate the race course. 8x turned a 10 minute section into a 23 minute section, so no advantage was obtained. If the data had indicated a straight and direct run down the access road and up the highway, our decision might very well have been different. However, since the data indicated three meaningful attempts to find the course, this is clear evidence of the rider's state of mind at the time."

Scotty Breauxman responds:
"It was not explained in SCORE's response whether 8x was traveling at any particular speed on the HWY...Irregardless of the rider's intent, it was not explained why 8x was not required to re-enter the race course at the point from he exited. While SCORE contends that "no advantage was obtained", here is proof that 8x skipped a section of race course and basically pulled a Trigger Gumm".

Another response:
"GL15 IS revelant. And what about the terrain from RM 12 to RM 23 that 8x avoided? All straight and narrow, right? Score plays by their rules."

VTR Racing responded:
"I think you hit the nail right on the head. Now, take it one step further, try being in the quad class! We are the circus sideshow. The only question to be asked from Score, Was there a Rule infringement? Look what happened at last years Baja 250 in Ensenada with Riviera racing!"

mjlang responded:
"Gents, we can all grumble as much as we want but there are a few undeniable facts that SCORE (yes it is a business) lives by:
BFG, Honda, etc. are a significant source of income to SCORE
Honda (Johnny and crew, Herbst, etc.) are significant draws for fans and publicity
SCORE lays out large amounts of dollars to buy access to routes (CODE and RECORD don't not race on the streets, SCORE does)
D2G Wannabe racers make up a large block of dollars and don't care about purses or winning. Easy money for SCORE. Competitive teams (DP and others) are caught in this crowd also. They have the potential to win but represent a small revenue numbers to SCORE. In any business you have a group of customers who are not happy with your product or service and you spend a certain amount of time trying to make them happy so they will continue to buy products from you. This effort is directly related to the past, present, and future revenue generated by the account and sometimes you allow things to go sideways because the same effort elsewhere yields more revenue (business 101).I'm not defending SCORE. All rules should be enforced equally across all classes. I'm sure Sal considered what a second DQ of 1x would do to his revenue stream going forward. I had a boss one time tell me, "If something stinks, follow the money and you'll find out who was behind it."Voting with your feet is the most effective way to show your displeasure with the current situation but you gotta admit the SCORE races with their fame, hype and droves of fans is a tough thing to turn away from. It strokes the ego pretty hard when you finish the Baja 1000 and go to work on Monday and tell everyone what you did with your day off or tell someone, "I'm a SCORE Baja racer."

Ramsey "Smarter than dirt"(Bwaaa!) El Wardani (Dipshit Extraordinaire) puked this up:
"Course cutting is wrong, period! The question is; what is course cutting, or short coursing? Racing in Baja started as “Point to Point” racing from one checkpoint to the next. That tradition remained strong for 30 plus years, before GPS was able to prescribe an exact course for anyone that had a GPS to follow it. When I started racing, a vague map, course markers and tulip notes were all we had to follow. Often you would drive 10 to 20 miles without seeing a marker and the map and tulip notes were not detailed enough to keep you on an exact course. In fact there really wasn’t an exact course until recent years when SCORE with BFG started releasing the GPS maps that we now use.We used to prerun just to figure out how to get from one known point to another and of course look for the fastest or shortest route. Short coursing was when you cut off sections of the course or bypassed them altogether, not when you took a better line down the beach or clear across a valley on the other side.I think that spirit needs to be maintained in Baja racing to a large degree. When Honda, in 2003, jumped down off the hard dirt onto the beach that for the most part paralled the course just above it, that was smart Baja racing. When the same team cutoff a section of the course by San Felipe in 2006, that to me was short coursing. When SCORE announced in the Driver’s Meeting that going through a specific fence was a DQ, doing so was short coursing – and should have been enforced.This year when marking this Baja 500 course from RM 230 to Uruapan, we marked many of the old traditional “Shortcuts” as either/or so as to remove any question as to if they would be considered short coursing and the IRC folks were notified so that they will not flag them as off course. I had mixed feelings about doing so as it removed one element of Baja racing that I think still belongs in the sport. Also this practice was not followed everywhere on the course as other teams marked different sections. As an example, just after the left turn coming out of Tres Hermanos the GPS course goes up the left side of a very large valley and wash. I doubt that any either/or arrow was put up in that area, but to me, and this is just my opinion, any line on any side of the valley through the wash is legitimate. Prerunning in that area and finding the best way through can be a real advantage – that is Baja racing to me. How the IRC folks will handle that area or others like it, I don’t know. If they flag them as being off course then it will be up to SCORE to evaluate the section and decide how to handle it. My guess is that it would not be considered short coursing, but again it is only my guess, and I am willing to take what I think is the best line.Racing in Baja isn’t the same as racing in Barstow, Nevada or Plaster City and shouldn’t be viewed the same."

Ramsey, you win the confused loser of the decade award.

Time to man-up on this one. Sal Fish and SCORE are the only reason racers can race in Mexico. Without Grandpa Sals protections, Americans would be eaten alive in Mexican off-road races. In Mexico, an American can win, if the Mexicans let you win.

Racers are blessed to have Sal and SCORE in Mexico taking all the crap from the Americans, us included and all the stuff from the locals. Soon, Baja Racing will be telling some insider stories about Americans providing races in Mexico and the unreal Mexican Mierda that transpires at EVERY RACE.

Hey, Steve Bourgeois, keep it up, keep stirring the pot.
Because this is not a safety issue, whatever Sal decides, we are good with.
SCORE is Sals game, we are lucky to have it, support it, to compete in, and enjoy.

Desert racing started with racers respecting and taking care of each other. Isn't it up to the RACERS to police each other?

Gary Newsome, Editor
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Baja Desert Racing Classes

Baja Desert Racing Classes are listed in starting order, weights are dry. Subtract 3-5 horsepower for a single port in the VW-based classes.

Trophy Truck:
Unlimited single and two seat vehicles. Vehicles must have a production appearing utility or sports utility body.
Aka: Trick Truck, 1400 (BITD)Horsepower: 650-850Wheel Travel: 24-28 Front, 32-36 RearWeight: 4500-8000Top Speed: 135 Cost New: $250,000 - unlimited budgetCost Per Prep: $25,000Basic Rules: Motor must be of the same manufacturer as that of the body.

Class 1:
Unlimited 4 wheel single and two seat vehicles.
Aka: 1500 (BITD)Horsepower: 350-800Wheel Travel: 20-24 Front, 22-26 RearWeight: 2500-5500Top Speed: 120-130Cost New: $125,000-250,000Cost Per Prep: $7,500-15,000Basic Rules: No production bodied vehicles allowed in this class. Live axle(3 or 4 linked) or dual pivot trailing arm rear suspension systems allowed.

Class 10:
Single or two seat buggies limited in engine size. There are 3 different limiting motor choices per configuration (single or two seat).
Horsepower: 200-250Wheel Travel: 20-24 Front, 20-24 RearWeight: 1900-2100Top Speed: 110 Cost New: $75,000-125,000Cost Per Prep: $5,000-10,000Basic Rules: Motor limited to 4 cylinders, with a minimum production of 5,000 units (specifics below). No fenders allowed.Engine:Single seat:- 1650cc 16 valve water-cooled with single carburetor or stock fuel injection- 1700cc 8 valve water-cooled with single carburetor- 1915cc air-cooled pushrod with single or dual carburetorsTwo seat:- 1750cc 16 valve water-cooled with single carburetor or stock fuel injection- 1800cc 8 valve water-cooled with single carburetor- 2000cc air-cooled pushrod with single or dual carburetors or stock fuel injection

Class 8:
Full-size 2-wheel drive trucks that must retain original front end concept (I-beam, a-arm, etc). Must retain entire length of stock framerails as well as be a readily available vehicle in the U.S.A.(at least 5,000 units sold in a 12 month period.)
Horsepower: 500-650Wheel Travel: 22-26 Front, 26-32 RearWeight: 5500-6500Top Speed: 130Cost New: $100,000-300,000Cost Per Prep: $5,000-15,000Basic Rules: Manufacturer's body, engine, and chassis combination must be retained. Wheelbase must be +/- 2'' of that of the stock vehicle.
Engine Rules: Engine must be of the same manufacturer as the body and chassis and the engine block must be made of the same material(cast iron, aluminum, etc.) of that installed in that particular vehicle as stock. Any make of automotive carburetor may be used but is restricted to one (1) four-barrel carb. Stock fuel injection may be used as well.

Limited production spec-truck.
Aka: 1200 (BITD)Horsepower: 400-500Wheel Travel: 21 Front, 24 RearWeight: 3800 PoundsTop Speed: 125Cost New: $125,000Cost Per Prep: $5,000-15,000

Score Lite:
Single or two seat vehicles limited to air cooled engines.
Aka: 1100 (BITD)Horsepower: 135 Single-seat, 150 Two-seatWheel Travel: 12-18 Front, 18-24 RearWeight: 1650-2100Top Speed: 90Cost New: $40,000-80,000Cost Per Prep: $3,500-7,000Basic Rules: Front suspension is limited to VW Type configuration; suspension must be of the twin beam, trialing arm type. Front and rear trailing arms are open(length, width, and manufacturer) as well as spindles.
Engine must be a VW type 1 and limited to the following:Single Seat:- Has a maximum of 2 valves per cylinder.- Displacement must not exceed 1776cc.- Limited to 1 carburetor; any manufacturer is acceptable.
Two Seat:- Has a maximum of 2 valves per cylinder.- Displacement must not exceed 1835cc.- Limited to 1 carburetor; any manufacturer is acceptable.
This is a rear engine class only, and must be placed behind the axle centerline.

Class 5:
Vehicle must be a VW Sedan Type 1 Hardtop or Convertible as delivered from the factory.
Horsepower: 175-250Wheel Travel: 12-18 Front, 18-24 RearWeight: 2200-2400Top Speed: 105Cost New: $50,000-90,000Cost Per Prep: $4,000-8,000Basic Rules: Front and rear suspension is open, as long as it retains stock concept. Length, width, and manufacturer is open, as long as the wheelbase does not exceed 105 1/2'' at ride height.
Engine Rules: Any manufacturer air cooled, 4 cylinder, single cam, pushrod, VW concept engine is allowed. VW 4 cylinder water cooled engines may also be used. Displacement is open.

Class 7:
Unlimited mini or mid-size trucks/SUV
Aka: 7200 (BITD)Horsepower: 250-550Wheel Travel: 18-26 Front, 24-35 RearWeight: 4,000-5,500Top Speed: 120Cost New: $60,000-150,000Cost Per Prep: $4,000-8,000Basic Rules:Chassis:- Stock frame must be retained and no material may be added or removed. Crossmembers are the exception.- Wheelbase must be within 2 inches of stock configuration.- Track width is limited to 78 inches.Engine and Drivetrain:- Engine is limited to 6 cylinders; displacement is limited to 4.5 liters.- Engine must be located within 1 inch of stock mounting location.- Transmission is open. Front differential must remain stock but may be strengthened.- Rear axle assembly must use a standard automotive production housing and third member.Suspension:- Front suspension must retain the original stock concept (a-arms, i-beam, etc.).- Shock may not protrude through the hood.- Rear suspension is open.
BITD Rules (new for 2007):- Engine is limited to 6 cylinders; displacement is open.- Track width is limited to 85 inches.- Vehicle must have fenders.

Single or two-seat buggies limited to 1600cc Type 1 engine and Type 1 suspension components.
Aka: 2000 (BITD)Horsepower: 77-82 Single seat (dual port), 82-87 Two-seat (dual port)Wheel Travel: 9-10 Front, 16-21 RearWeight: 1550-1600Top Speed: 75-85Cost New: $30,000-60,000Cost Per Prep: $2,500-6,000
Basic Rules:
Suspension Components:Front:- Suspension is based on VW Type 1 ball join or link pin style- Any manufacturer's beam of 2 steel torsion tubes may be used but must retain stock VW width.- Front trailing arms may be reinforced or replaced but must retain stock length and width.- Track width will be measured from wheel mounting serface to the opposite; maximum is 55 1/2".Rear:- Suspension is based on VW Type 1 (IRS) or swing axle- Trailing arms may be replaced or reinforced as long as length is retained at +/- 1".- Torsion tube may be replaced or reinforced and torsion adjusters may be installed; any manufacturer may be used.- Trackwidth may not exceed 58 1/4'' and is measured wheel mounting face to the opposite site.- Entire outer cv must remain inside of the trailing arm inner bearing; no midboard or out-board hubs allowed.

Baja bugs limited to 1600cc type 1 motor and type 1 suspension parts. Must retain working doors, stock floor pan and baja bug fenders.
Aka: 5150 (BITD)Horsepower: 85-90 (dual port)Wheel Travel: 9-10 Front, 15-18.5 RearWeight: 1750-1900Top Speed: 80-85Cost New: $20,000-50,000Cost Per Prep: $2,000-4,000
Basic Rules:
Suspension Components:Front:- Suspension is based on VW Type 1 ball join or link pin style- Any manufacturer's beam of 2 steel torsion tubes may be used but must retain stock VW width.- Front trailing arms may be reinforced or replaced but must retain stock length and width.- Track width will be measured from wheel mounting serface to the opposite; maximum is 55 1/2".Rear:- Suspension is based on VW Type 1 (IRS) or swing axle- Trailing arms may be replaced or reinforced as long as length is retained at +/- 1".- Torsion tube may be replaced or reinforced and torsion adjusters may be installed; any manufacturer may be used.- Trackwidth may not exceed 58 1/4'' and is measured wheel mounting face to the opposite site.- Entire outer cv must remain inside of the trailing arm inner bearing; no midboard or out-board hubs allowed.

Vehicles built from a 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive mini or mid-sized pickup having a maximum stock wheelbase of 127''.
Aka: 7100 (BITD)Horsepower: 175-265Wheel Travel: 12 Front, 16-20 RearWeight: 3200-4000Top Speed: 100+Cost New: $20,000-60,000Cost Per Prep: $2,000-5,000
Basic Rules:
Suspensions Components:- Front and Rear suspension must be of the same manufacturer, shape, size and configuration as the stock vehicle being used.- All suspension components except shocks and rear leaf springs will reamin in original stock locations and mounting methods.- A-arms, I-beams, and front axles must remain stock length; material may be added for strength and stock mounting locations retained.- Rear springs may be lengthened to that of the longest stock production rear leaf spring as delivered by the manufacturer. (57 1/2")Engine:- Must be of the same manufacturer basic design and type with a max of 6 cylinders.- Must use the stock block and cylinder heads as delivered for highway use from the manufacturer.- Updating and predating is allowed within the vehicle chassis and body series.- Maximum displacement of 3000cc.

Production Jeep Cherokee XJ models from 1984-2001.
Horsepower: 250-260 Pro, 200-225 Sportsman Wheel Travel: 10 Front, 12 RearWeight: 3500+Top Speed: 100+Cost New: Vehicle + $15,000 Pro, $10,000 SportsmanCost Per Prep: $1,000-2,500Basic Rules:
Suspension Components:- Any manufacturer suspension lift kit may be used provided it is readily available to the general public. Kit components must be installed per manufacturer’s instructions.- Maximum front travel is 10”. - Springs are open (diameter, rate, length, etc.) but must remain in the stock location. - A single shock absorber per side is allowed with a maximum diameter of 3” non-bypass or 2-1/2 inches with bypass. Remote reservoirs are allowed with a maximum diameter of 3” and a maximum length of 16”. - Leaf springs may be of any manufacture, but may only have a maximum length of 55” eye to eye measured along the curvature of the main leaf. Rear shackle length may be 6” maximum when measured eye to eye. - Maximum rear suspension travel is 12”. Engine:- Maximum engine displacement is 4097cc (250 cu in.) This would allow a 4.0-liter engine to be rebuilt with .060 oversized pistons with a little extra for honing cleanup. - Stock block and cylinder head must be retained. - Engine must be in stock location +/- 1. Motor mounts are open. - Engine radiator must be in stock location +/- 1. Aluminum replacement radiators are not allowed.- Only street legal, unleaded pump gas may be used.

Class 9
Aka: ChallengerHorsepower: 72-76 (dual port)Wheel Travel: 5.5 Front, 9.5 RearWeight: 1450-1600 PoundsTop Speed: 80+Cost New: $8,000-15,000Cost Per Prep: $1,000-2,500
Basic Rules:
Engine and Drivetrain:- Nearly stock type 1 1600cc engine is required. Case is open. Camshaft is open. Compression is limited to 7.5 to 1. Dual port heads are allowed.- Transmission is limited to swing-axle. Stock 1st and 2nd gears must be retained. 3rd and 4th are open. R&P must be 4.12 or 4.37. Case is open.Suspension:- Stock type 1 suspension components must be used throughout. No modifications are allowed to stock parts except for the spindles. The may be reinforced and the speedometer hole filled. Must run ball-joint front end. Strengthening of beam is allowed by way of one tube attached at each shock tower. Must use stock front shock mounts.- Rear shock mounts are open. Spring plates are open. Torsion adjusters are allowed.- Maximum shock size is 2.5 inches. No external bypass allowed. No hydaulic bump stops allowed.Other:- Brakes must remain stock VW but type 3 and thing drums are allowed. Drilling is allowed. May use 4 or 5 lug.- No aluminum wheels are allowed.- No power steering allowed. Tie rods and tie rod ends/heim joints are open.

Class 11:
Stock production VW bug with roll cage and upgraded shocks and tires.
Horsepower: 72-76Wheel Travel: 5.5 Front, 5 RearWeight: 1950-2100 PoundsTop Speed: 90Cost New: Vehicle + $3,000-5,000Cost Per Prep: $500-2,500Basic Rules:
Suspension:- Front axle tubes may be cut, rotated, re-welded to increase ground clearance or front torsion adjusters may be installed.- Shock tower may be gusseted and supported but gussets may not extended more than 2'' above the torsion tube.- Stock front spindles and trailing arms must be retained.- Any rear suspension torsion bars, spring plates, and torsion bar adjusters may be used and installed.- Rear torsion tube may be supported, only by that tube meeting a part o the roll-cage.- Lower shock mounts on 1969 and older models may be shortened by no more than 1.5''. - Only one shock absorber per wheel is allowed. Cooling fins and resevoirs are allowed.
Engine and Drivetrain:- Must be of VW Type 1, 1600cc components and dimensions.- Cylinder heads must be single port.- Stock carburetor must be used, with maximum venturi size of 24.10 mm.- Must use stock fan shroud.- Air cleaner may be of any manufacturer and any size; location is open.- Transmission must be a stock Type 1, 4-speed bug.

Sportsman Truck:
Open trucks that are usually pre-runners. There are rule variations between sanctioning organizations. Specs may vary greatly.
Aka: 1450 (MDR), 1500 (SCORE)Horsepower: 150-300+Wheel Travel: 13-20 Front, 14-30 RearWeight: 3000-4500 PoundsTop Speed: 110+Cost New: Vehicle + $5,000-40,000Cost Per Prep: $500-5,000.

Baja Racing

San Felipe Baja 250 REWIND Baja Racing News


All German Motorsports Class 1 Win in San Felipe. Baja Racing A closer look with AGM in northern San Diego County. USA

On Saturday, March 15, at the quaint fishing village of San Felipe in Baja California, Mexico, All German Motorsports crossed the Finish Line with only 12 seconds to spare in their incredible Class 1 Victory at the SCORE series desert off-road race.

The team loves San Felipe and Mexico for desert off-road racing. It shows. In particular, the mid-engine Class 1 of All German, loved the technical canyon racing the San Felipe 250 offered this year. From the race reports after the finish line-"Former World Rally Championship star driver Armin Schwarz, of Germany, and Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif., split the driving to finish fourth overall and capture the unlimited Class 1 race win in a BMW-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car. With just over one year of experience in SCORE desert racing, Schwarz pulled off his first SCORE win while the veteran former SCORE class champion Christensen earned his first ever win in Class 1.With a time of 4:08:22 and an average speed of 56.02mph, it was also the first time a BMW-powered vehicle has ever won a class in a SCORE race."

Martin Christensen has a desert off-road racing hobby and an All German Auto-Motorsports business, in Northern San Diego County. Martin assured this reporter, motorsports success is all about the Team. Famous driver, Armin Schwarz, is one of the drivers on the All German Motorsports racing team that won the recent Class 1, SCORE race in San Felipe.

At the race, Schwarz had the Number 104 race car from the Green Flag at the Start to Race Mile 120, during which, crew chief and co-driver Brian Lyttle coordinated the driver changeover to Martin, where other Class 1's were out in front. Martin took over driving and because of the exclusive, All German Motorsports driver controlled jacking system, the time in changing tires was cut enough to allow Martin to pass all the others, while they were timed in the pits, and take the race.

The revolutionary engineering behind the race jacking system is simple. An important engineering based simplicity, Martin points to in the 12 second win, in San Felipe, Mexico. Two hydraulic jacks, using an aircraft control valve, based on the power steering system, driver controlled, is lightweight and does the job faster and simpler than others. In two minutes, the work is done compared with the eight to fifteen minutes taken by other competitors. The difference between crossing first at the checkers or no podium at all.

More news from All German Motorsports. Armin Kramer will be racing for All German in a second, Class 1. A second race car is on the way to race for the team, with a second race set-up, a Chevy engine. The team will be racing the entire SCORE race season, Baja Racing will update this story with more details!

Martin Christensen and Armin Schwarz were introduced by the famous Wilfred Eibach, when Schwarz was curious about desert off-road racing in Southern California and Eibach knew the right contact was Christensen. Since then, the engineering based racing team is advancing in their racing success.

Take a close look at the sponsors supporting All German Motorsports. In particular, XTRAC Transmission, muy importante! This reporter read over the XTRAC website. Usually, an easy summary can be accomplished from a website. Not this one, it's rich in innovation and information. Impossible to summarize and a great read.

Martin acknowledged in the race win, his key team sponsors. OFF ROAD WAREHOUSE, XTRAC TRANSMISSION & GEAR BOXES and BF GOODRICH TIRES.



All German Motorsports, FACTSHEET

CLASS 1 SCORE-TECATE Desert Racing Series 2008

Martin Christiensen and Armin Schwarz were the drivers of record in their Class 1 win at the SCORE Baja 250, in San Felipe Baja California, Mexico.

Martin Christensen has over 27 years of off-road racing experience. With numerous victories and championships – ranging from Danish Motocross to the SCORE Class 1 circuit, Martin is known in the off-road racing world as a top competitor and the man to beat . With an education in mechanical engineering and automotive theories, Martin has taken his strong understanding of mechanical principles and innate driving abilities to combine them into a winning combination.

Armin Schwarz is a German-born rally driver born in Neustadt an der Aisch in Franken on 16th July, 1963. Married with two children, he is a fan of Italian food, sparkling apple juice and red wine. He also partakes in Jet Skiing, Cross-country skiing and skating. He now lives in Austria and still participates in motorsport, not only as a driver but as a team manager for a Skoda rally team and as a TV commentator.
Track Record


San Felipe Baja 250 Class 1 Winner.

Christensen preps BMW motor for all-Russian race team of driver Sergey Shmakov, and joins the chase crew for the 2007 Dakar Rally -- a 15 day, 5,467 mile off-road race from Lisbon, Portugal to Dakar, Senegal. The team finished 4th in class and 14th overall out of 270 cars and trucks that began the race.
With only three races to go in the current series, already All German Motorsports (AGM) is ranked among the top five competitors and well on their way to taking the class championship and overall series.
Christensen and Mason become partners in the AGM Unlimited Class 1 SCORE series with a new car and a BMW engine.
AGM wins the Baja 1000, Primm 300 and finishes in the top two position for the points championship.
AGM wins the Class 10 points championship. In doing so, AGM becomes the first race team to ever win consecutive Class 10 championships.
Christensen races in the SCORE Desert Series – winning the Class 10 points championship and finishing three out of six races in the top three. Mason joins the AGM team and races in the Baja 1000 to take second place.
Christensen finishes the SCORE Class 10 series in fifth place.
Christensen takes on the challenge of building and racing a SCORE Class 10 car and makes the decision to go with a BMW engine.
Christensen forms AGM and continues to race on his own in the Class 9 series and takes the ‘98 championship. With four first-place wins out of six races, Christensen makes a spectacular showing at the Baja 1000.
Christensen joins team "All Ways Racing" with his partner, Charlie Hovey, and races a SCORE Class 9 race. They finish the season in third place.
Christensen wins the Baja 1000 on a Yamaha 250.

The core strength that drives All German Motorsports (AGM) is its team of dedicated volunteers, logistical support staff, project managers, pit crew, mechanical experts – including automotive technicians, aeronautical fabricators and design engineers – and of course, the highly technical drivers.
The extensive racing experience, mechanical knowledge, logistical capabilities and commitment of the AGM team has proven to be a winning combination that not only gets the AGM car across the finish line, but has also produced more than three series championships in the SCORE International series. For the last 10+ years, AGM has won 11 race victories and is now ranked among the top five positions in the Unlimited Class 1.
Racing is a team sport and is essentially about a group of people dedicating many hours, days and months to prepare one car to be at its absolute best on one single day – “race day." In order to reach race-day perfection, the team must prepare the car, order and mount the right parts, plan ahead of the race to coordinate numerous and detailed logistics and pre-run the course.
The AGM core team is comprised of 14 individuals that make sure the car is properly configured for each race, and on race day the team is augmented by 20+ additional individuals to assist with various support activities.
The time, effort and resources it takes for one race – let alone a series – is what makes up the heart, soul and strength of team AGM.

MARTIN CHRISTENSEN, Driver, Owner - All German Motorsports, owner - All German Auto, automotive engineering, 27 years of racing experience.

CHRIS CHAPARRO, Crew chief, navigator, IT specialist, mechanics and logistics, 11 years of racing experience.

MARK MOFFATT, Crew chief, navigator, logistics and management, 12 years of racing experience.

BRYAN LYTTLE, Pit crew, navigator, car prepping, Mercedes Benz technician, 6 years of racing experience.

ROB MALLORY, General maintenance and fabricator, team photographer and videographer, computer engineer, 24 years of racing experience.

JON NAUGLE, Crew, inventory manager, photography and video specialist, 7 years of racing experience.

ROB FOX, Co-driver, Chase crew, welding, fabrication 10 years of racing experience.

JOSH NELSON, Car chief, master car prep, fabricator, design, electrical, welding, 14 years of racing experience.

MIKE NELSON, Navigator, crew, fabricator, 10 years of racing experience.

MATT NELSON, Crew, fabricator, 10 years of racing experience.

PETER OOSTRA, Crew, chase and support, BMW Technician, car prep5 years of racing experience.

SAM OSMAN, Crew, fabricator, certified tig/mig and gas welding, 4 years of racing experience.

KEN ROBERTS, Pit crew, logistical support, fueling, mechanical engineer, 6 years of racing experience.

WHITNEY HANNUM, Chase and web support 3 years of racing experience.

All German Motorsports (AGM) races a Jimco 2-seat, BMW V8, M5-powered off-road car. A spectacle in its class, the AGM car demands the respect and attention of international off-road fans, spectators and competitors alike. Durability and reliability are the keys to success in off-road racing, not only in terms of driving and mechanics, but also in regards to the products used on the race car. AGM uses only the best products and partners with experienced, reputable, top-of-the-line vendors to complete the assembly of the race car.

The Chassis
Two seat A-arm all chrome-molly chassis, built by Jimco in El Cajon, California. Based on its structural integrity and overall handling, the choice to go with a Jimco chassis was an easy decision, especially considering the number of champions that have used a Jimco chassis over the years. Given the quality of the Jimco product and the long-term relationship built with them over the past several years, AGM considers Jimco a key partner and integral piece of the overall package.

The AGM car is equipped with a cutting edge Xtrac 383 6-Speed sequential racing transaxle with limited slip differential.

We are utilizing a carbon fiber ZF Sachs clutch and torque limiter.

With the races often running well into the night, reliable and proper lighting is a necessity. The AGM car utilizes nine Baja Designs Sol Tek High Intensity Discharge lights. These superior lights provide excellent illumination of the race course, thereby allowing the the car to maintain a nighttime race speed very close to daylight speeds.

The Engine
The AGM car utilizes a 2001 BMW E39 engine, straight out of a BMW M5. The M5 is the pinnacle sports sedan from BMW, providing 394 BHP @ 6600 rpm and 368 ft. lbs. of torque @ 3800 rpm in its stock configuration. With some minor tuning, a new exhaust and other modifications, the BMW engine package is capable of 500+ BHP, while still maintaining a configuration designed to run for 200,000 miles. The BMW engine package is definitely a signature mark of the AGM car. The very impressive heritage of BMW Motorsports on road courses and the off-road performance of the AGM Class 1 car dispels any doubts that the AGM BMW car is destined for the podium. The AGM car is the only car in it’s class utilizing a BMW engine, giving the AGM team a proven and competitive advantage.

The suspension package for the AGM car includes a great pairing of the new Bilstein Blackhawk shock absorbers featuring 6061 aluminum body with superior cooling and Eibach springs. The car has two shocks per wheel, one bypass shock with external adjustment capabilities to provide for fine tuning and one dual coil-over shock to provide a smooth ride. The Eibach springs provide for additional tuning of the suspension by allowing different spring rates to be applied, depending on the severity of the terrain.

The Racing Series

The SCORE International off-road racing series is one of the most challenging and grueling racing circuits in the world. Drivers from numerous and other world-reknown series, such as NASCAR and CART, come to race in the SCORE series to test their abilities in the most challenging of rugged off-road environments.
There are 30 classes in the SCORE series and approximately 2500 driver / co-driver members. SCORE is especially known as the organizers of the annual Baja 1000 race that runs from Ensenada, Mexico, near San Diego, to La Paz at the tip of Baja California.
The Class All German Motorsports (AGM) is currently competing in the Unlimited Buggy Class (SCORE Class 1 Unlimited) racing series. This class is often referred to as the Formula One class of off-road racing. Cars that compete in this class have no suspension or motor limitations.
The SCORE International off-road racing Class 1 is the top spectator class. The race cars in Class 1 are capable of speeds exceeding 120 mph across extremely rugged and hazardous terrain. The only thing more amazing than watching these cars propel airborne for 100 feet is their ability to land as if they had just gone over a slight speed bump.
As the only buggy in the SCORE series running a BMW engine, the powerful AGM car is perfectly suited to the performance-demanding challenges the series presents.


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Monday, March 31, 2008

Baja California Mexico Class 11 Championship


Baja California Mexico Class 11 Championship Announced

Class 11 racers from Baja California running for the sake of the sport of Class 11, to the control of the Lic.Montijo has started the task of organizing the state championship for Class 11 racers.

Lic. Montijo stated he believes that all those that we started in the sport of Off-Road because this category is a very noble class of racing, that it's time to recognize the participation of all the runners/pilots/ racers/drivers of this and this and the call and that initiated in the exposed dates.


"THE SERIES WILL CONSIST OF 4 RACES 1ª. - ENSENADA TO SAN FELIPE 250 JUNE 20-22 2ª. - BAJA GRAN PRIX (Jacume) AUGUST 01-03 3ª. - MEXICALI 300 OCTOBER 03-05 4ª. - SAN FELIPE 275 (Ensenada-San Felipe) DECEMBER 12-14.



Sunday, March 30, 2008

Baja Racing News LIVE ! ALAMO 200 March 28-30 Ensenada Baja Norte

ALAMO 200 2008


5/1600 AVALOS

ALAMO 200 2008
Clase 1

Nombre Numero
Sergio Nuñez 101

Clase 12

Nombre Numero
Genaro Robles 1201
Victor Angel Valdes Chavez 1202

Clase 16

Nombre Numero
Cheto Muñoz Horta 1601
Ramiro Escobedo 1602
Ariel Avalos 1603
Horacio Pereyra 1600
Manuel Cruz 1605
Hector Navarro 1606
Armando Avila 1607

Clase 8

Nombre Numero
Raul Garcia 800
Jairo Ornelas 825
Eduardo Orozco 899

Clase 7

Nombre Numero
Greg Garber 700
Fernando Avila 702
Carlos B. Mares 703
Hector Salazar 704
Blas Corona 705
Miguel Angel Monroy 706

Clase 7 Stock

Nombre Numero
Alonso Gonzalez Rodriguez 721
Ivan Ptacnik 722
Jose Abelardo Grijalva 723
Francisco Huereca 724
David Rodriguez 725
Daniel Uriarte 726
Gabriel Gonzalez Cisneros 727
Elias Hanna Novelo 728
Joel Garcia Sandez 729
Victor Torres 730
Carlos Ortega Tapia 731
Jorge Valdiviezo 732
Oscar Galindo Ruiz 733
Alejandro Aguilar 734
Victor Salas Alvarado 735
Rudy Suarez C. 796
Jonathan Betancourt V. 797
Fernando Munguia 798
Eduardo Escobedo 799

Clase 5 Open

Nombre Numero
David Andrade 501

Clase 5-1600

Nombre Numero
Pedro Athie 551
Gustavo Aviña 552
Abraham Flores 553
David Carrizales 554
Marco Antonio Marquez 550
Rogelio Valenzuela Coronado 556
Sergio Moreno 557
Jorge Bautista 558
Martin Lizarraga 596
Erick Avalos 597
Nazareno Angeles 598
Fernando Montijo 599

Clase 15

Nombre Numero
Guillermo Medina Ruiz 1501
Jesus Antonio Mercado Gonzalez 1502
Jozef Aguayo Cannon 1503
Victor Ibarra 1504
Arnulfo Peña Torres 1505
Gustavo Amador Godinez 1506
Javier Guillins 1507
Juan Rios 1508
Armando Rochin 1597
Octavio Zamora Lopez 1598
Jesus Jimenez Muñiz 1599

Clase 14

Nombre Numero
Viry Felix 1401
Fausto Moreno 1402
Rodrigo Vazquez Navarro 1403
Cesar Gonzalez Hernandez 1404
Raul Rodriguez 1400
Ramon Aguilar Rangel 1406
Rony Lara 1407
Ricardo Flores 1409
Alejandro Medina Camacho 1496
Rodrigo Obeso 1497
Cristobal Mercado 1498
Raul Mercado 1499

Clase 9

Nombre Numero
Jorge Suarez Ramirez 901
Luis Guevara 902
Waldo Ochoa 903
Sergio Frias Reynoso 904
Daniel Orozco 999

Clase 11

Nombre Numero
Noe Alejandro Gutierrez Castañeda 1101
Vicente Flores Flores 1102
Maru Hernandez 1103
El Coyote Gutierrez 1104
Porfirio Gutierrez 1105
Ricardo Lopez Chavez 1106
Mario Vazquez 1107
Ernesto Gonzalez 1108
Rene Rodriguez 1109
Federico Ramirez 1110
Hector Flores Hernandez 1111
Pancho Bio 1112
Jose Ayala 1113
Adalberto Muñoz Jr 1114
Sergio Sarmiento Zepeda 1115
Carlos Daniel Villa Nuñez 1116
Luis Verdusco 1196
Erick Rivera 1197
Rigoberto Cazares 1198
Jorge Carlos Sierra 1199

Clase Safari

Nombre Numero
Francisco Diaz Jr S0
Efren Moctezuma Presichi S2
Jesus A. Ortiz S3
Ivan Lopez S98
Francisco Macias Robles S99

Motos Pro
Nombre Numero
Noe Ibarra 2x

Motos Sportman

Nombre Numero
Alejandro Padilla 101X
Juan Samuel Gutierrez Cardenas 102X
Benito Gurrola 103X
Paco Nuñez 104X
Oscar Castellanos 105X
Jorge M. Valenzuela Andrade 106X
Juan Fco. Castro Silva 107X
Rigoberto Gomez 108X
Hernan Avilez 109X
Mariano Escobar 110X
Reuben Figueroa 111X

Motos Safari
Nombre Numero
Francisco Valdez 1S
Octavio Amador Estrada 2S
Miguel Guerra 3S
Javier Mejia Medrano 4S
Humberto Fabian Alonso Cordero 5S
Pavel Guerrero Romo 6S
Juan Carlos Gutierrez Cardenas 7S
Oswaldo Moncada Aranda 8S
Alejandro Alcantara Ortiz 9S
Jesus Gonzalez Jr. 10S
Gustavo Melgoza Meneses 99S

Nombre Numero
Julio Aaron Gomez 1A
Victor Montoya Iribe 2A
Juan Sanchez 3A
Nick Destout 4A
Israel Chong 5A
Felipe Lipy Velez 6A
Alejandro Campos 7A
Heriberto Marquez Perez 9A
Adolfo Arellano 10A
Francisco Servin 11A
Rogelio Tamayo 99A

ATV Sport
Nombre Numero
Cesar Mercado Q1
Soren Meling Q2
Daniel Delgado Q3
Ignacio Perez Pulido Q4
Javier Beltran Q5
Maui Cervantes Q6
Antonio Dominguez Q7
Jesus Manuel Lopez Herrera Q8
Manuel Lopez Q9
Alan Efrain Rodelo Marquez Q10
Ruben Cervantes Q11
David Alejandro Nuñez Ortega Q12
Francisco Perez Q13
Juan Jose Sanchez Arce Q14
Germain Rodriguez Q15
Fabiel Godinez Carlos Q16
Francisco Lopez Q17
Fernando Martin Del Campo Q18
Jorge Fco. Valenzuela Cochran Q19
Benjamin Lopez Jr Q20
Christian Fco. Vera Q21
Julio Cesar de Peña Rodriguez Q22
Sergio Fuentes Q23
Fernando Medina Camarena Q98
Alex Pimentel Q99

EXCLUSIVE! Baja Racing