The first driving challenges were the sand dunes at the mouth of the Sweetwater River. After that, the mud flats near Palm City, where Interstate 5 now glides millions of drivers easily to their destinations, today. The draw of the race was the drving challenges and the publicity for the sponsors and their new "horseless carriages".
The first touristic draw in
The agreed finish line in
Pictured: Black and White photo of 1908 Tijuana. Also pictured: Color photo of the Baja Safari racing team promoting downtown Tijuana for the 40th Baja 1000, 2007.
1908 was during the transformation period of
Forces were at play which would create a different reputation. The "dark legend" - la leyenda negra - of
During this time, political reformers in the States passed laws against vice, namely prostitution, gambling, horse-racing and finally "recreational" alcohol. This process of banning the legal practice of ancient sins in the United States went hand in hand with the development of Tijuana as a city where Americans - especially Californians - could escape the restrictions of laws back home, attend a bullfight, gamble, bet on horse races, even legally purchase the use of a prostitute.
Only two years later, in the midst of the transformation from frontier village to sin city, came the events of 1910, when a band of mostly foreign adventurers messed with Tijuana. They were not Mexicans. They attacked and occupied the town of
The racetrack greatly contributed to the growth of the dark legend - la leyenda negra - was, by 1916, already well underway. This reputation would advance to the next level the development of
During this frontier era, in 1908, the racers course ran along the lowlands south of
Once across, the racers shot up the same canyon used by Father Serra when he originally crossed into the frontier lands of the
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This was to be the first race, road race, off-road race and motorsports event ever in Baja California, Mexico. In March of this year, 2008, the Baja Safari Mexico Club re-ran the historic race to Tijuana and celebrated 100 years of Baja off-road racing. And Baja Racing News.com has the EXCLUSIVE Story!