Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Great Graphic Clip of the historic battle between Honda and Kawasaki during this years Baja 1000, 2009.
UPDATED December 30, 2009
CLICK HERE FOR SHERIFF GORE's BORDER CRIME RESPONSE UPDATED!
CLICK HERE FOR THE CBS NEWS 48 HOURS EXPOSE' ON THE McMILLIN TEAM's Hall Family Experience
MORE BLACK CRIMINALS TAKEN IN EVERY DAY IN BAJA NORTE MEXICO...THE THREAT CONTINUES TO DAMAGE MEXICO
CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY OF Black Criminals with NUMEROUS Different Law Enforcement Uniforms! ONLY BUSTED TODAY, THEY HAVE BEEN ON THE LOOSE CAUSING DAMAGES
BUSINESS LEADERS LAMENT INSECURITY IN BAJA, MEXICO
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Baja Norte at Serious Risk
This report came out days before the American citizen was killed in Tijuana at a high visibility Taco shop in Tijuana:
MEXICO CITY, December 16 (EL UNIVERSAL) .- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been detected and reported to the Mexican government the possibility that drug cartels carry out acts of violence against federal forces, state and local and even against "civilian targets".
According to an internal report by the DEA, organized crime has planned attacks on targets such as shopping malls, bridges and public transportation stations such as Metro and bus terminals, as well as events to celebrate mass for parties of the time but does not specify whether organizations in particular have reason to run.
The attacks, according to the DEA, could happen in Michoacan, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas and even the Federal District.
A Justice Department source, that can not be identified because he was not authorized to speak on the subject, said the grenade attacks that have suffered in recent days police stations in some states are part of this escalation of violence on the who have warned the government of Mexico.
Since early December, organizations such as Los Zetas have attacked with gunfire and grenades, police headquarters and places associated with the federal forces in Guanajuato, Guerrero, Sonora, Chihuahua and Michoacan recently. There have also been attacks on shops and a bus passenger.
Last week in an interview with El Universal, Antonio L. Mazzitelli, regional representative of the Units Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, said that Mexico's drug cartels have turned to terrorism as a way to force the civilian population, particularly to the authorities, to reach agreements .
The UN representative said the indiscriminate terrorism is a symptom of the weakness of the crime, "it probably would indicate that results are being achieved (in the fight antinarco).
In this regard, the DEA has asked the staff of the U.S. Embassy to limit their movements and stay away from crowded areas, and elsewhere in Michoacan that previously have been attacked by drug cartels.
The Agency's report highlights the threat at the moment Sinaloa cartels, La Familia Michoacana, Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, and points to Army installations and police in Ciudad Juarez, Uruapan, Lázaro Cárdenas, Apatzingán , Mexico City, Tijuana and other places where organized crime has bases as targets of criminal groups.
The DEA report makes mention of a warning he made to the government of Mexico on 1 January, where the Zetas were involved, and referred to terrorist groups associated with the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas entering through Guatemala to the United States.
The Agency raises possible attacks and increasing violence from the cartels from December to February 2010, as a threat to the government of Mexico and the United States.
In the first three years of the current Mexican government have killed 15 thousand 500 people in connection with the war on drugs, and there have been attacks against military and federal police.
Additionally, since cartels six months ago adopted a new strategy to counter larger, or "high impact".
TV PEOPLE! Baja 1000 NBC 11 AM PT Saturday December 19
"Baja 1000 to air on NBC Saturday This year’s 42nd running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, will air on the NBC television network as part of the World of Adventure Sports series this Saturday (December 19th) at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT.
With amazing footage spanning from an unprecedented motorcycle rivalry, terrifying crashes, innovative POV and aerial shots and an attempt to continue a Baja legacy, the broadcast is sure to electrify even the most uncompromising multitudes of Baja Racing News.com fans.
Being televised for the sixth straight year on NBC, the broadcast will also be distributed on ESPN International, Universal HD and long form video will be available on Baja Racing News.com
This year’s race featured 328 starters from 39 U.S. States and 14 countries, competing in 30 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and ATVs. The race started and finished in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Additionally, two DVD’s will be generated from this year’s race. The official race broadcast, and the “Baja Unlimited II: Director’s Cut”, a comprehensive DVD special due out in early 2010. Narrated by legendary hot-air-bag Sal Fish and racer Scam Steele, the DVD will feature some of the most compelling never seen before SCORE footage from the past four years in addition to behind the scenes highlights from the 2009 race. Viewers will be given an inside look at the people and moments that have made the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 an international spectacle."
DODGE RAM Heavy Duty Wins Truck Of The Year!
RAM Heavy Duty Defeats Ford Raptor!
"Chrysler Group's Dodge Ram Heavy Duty won Motor Trend magazine's coveted "Truck of the Year" award in a unanimous vote, the magazine announced Thursday.
"Much of what is so impressive about the Ram Heavy Duty is not only how easily it does all the tasks it's built for, but also how easy it is on the driver," Angus MacKenzie, Motor Trend editor-in-chief, said in a statement. "The Ram is quieter, more comfortable and people-friendly than before without sacrificing its considerable capability."
The award was open to pick-ups and vans that were all-new or substantially redesigned in the past year. Besides the Ram Heavy Duty, the three other contenders for this year's award were the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, which is a high-performance off-road truck, the Ford Transit Connect, a small commercial cargo van, and the Toyota Tundra 4.6-liter truck.
The Ram Heavy Duty, unlike the more familiar Dodge Ram 1500, is built strictly for work and isn't intended as a vehicle someone might drive for personal use. It has a 17,500 towing capacity and is available with a powerful diesel engine."
Ricky Johnson Announced News LIVE! on Baja Racing News.com
""TRAXXAS TORC SERIES ANNOUNCES BIG EVENT AT THE RE-BIRTH OF METROLINA SPEED AND SPORTS CENTER MAY 15TH AND 16TH IN CHARLOTTE, NC.
Officials of The Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL announced today that it will bring its “kick-ass” brand of off-road truck racing to the East Coast in 2010 with a two-day event at the new Metrolina Speed and Sports Center in Charlotte, NC. The inaugural dirt event at the fabled speedway will be held May 15th and 16th and feature the biggest names in off-road racing and be televised nationally.
“We are very proud to kick things off and be a part of the re-birth of the Metrolina Speed and Sports Center and bring our extreme form of racing to the fans in Charlotte, stated Ricky Johnson. “We will be working hard with John and his team at Metrolina to design an event that rocks the house with our East Coast debut and I know our drivers will continue to bring the best show in racing today.”
Metrolina’s racing history dates back over forty years and is perhaps most famous as the track where Dale Earnhardt won his first race on asphalt.
“We are extremely excited to have The Traxxas TORC Series as our debut event to launch our “Metrolina Makeover” project”, stated Simon Weber, president and CEO of Speedway Investment Group. “The excitement that the TORC Series will bring is an excellent way to get the Charlotte fans back out to Metrolina”.
The Traxxas TORC Series- The Off Road Championship, presented by AMSOIL is the world’s premier short course off road series. TORC drivers push the limits with 900 horsepower, action-packed fender pounding on challenging natural terrain racetracks. For more information on TORC please visit www.torcseries.com. ""
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
An attempt to wreck out Robby Gordon? A lame attempt to roost or dust out Robby? For sure this is verified proof the other driver has bad judgement and easily could have wrecked out BOTH trucks! Get your head out of your ass Scam!!!
And this is nearly the same time he slammed into Sohren!
Very obvious who the kook racer is and who the PRO-Driver is. Robby Gordon is a PROFESSIONAL.
More Blast From The Past...
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
UPDATE: December 22, 2009
Peak Empire owner Ted Holt remains married and is expected to race in the 2010 new Parker race. They didn't "Peak" Baja and haven't returned since. Either has Pit Bull Tires, they haven't entered any real off-road races either. Original last report from Wednesday, February 20, 2008
February 20, 2008
Baja Racing News.com
Now, after putting up with Teds asenine comments for months, now, its our turn.
Thanks for the response on the $2,000 Pit Bull Tires gave you! A Pit Bull Tires Vacation! [Cabo is Nice!] Do you have any more tires? Theres a bar in Ensenada, that wants to have one on their wall, they love your Baja 1000 story!
Special thanks to the team member who put up the pictures of the PIT BULL TIRES on the internet.
Ted, thanks for keeping this in the publics eye. Baja Racing News.com
Original Team Reports: From 11-29-07 2007 Baja 1000:
Peak Empire Teamates report on the Baja 1000 Peak Empire - Pit Bull Tires Effort
"As I went to extract JeepSpeed 1749 at race mile 240, I heard you guys on the radio with the weatherman north, on an unapproved radio frequency. Bad move as you could not use BFGoodrich Tires radio relay. Everyone on the road said the tire choice killed you. 3 flats in 250 miles. I have a Pit Bull tire I found on the course with a giant hole thru the tread. I believe that those tires suck. Whoever was in that truck at RM 250 needs to learn pack it in, pack it out. The area where we found the tire and rim was disgusting. Trash everywhere. There is/was no issue with the rim I have, I can put a tire on it and run it. The tire is/was junk. Also they timed out for Checkpoint 3 by several hours by my watch. They were done. They were at Race Mile 250 at 2 pm, waiting for support. (I was in the area listening to weatherman)".
"Our chase guys said the rims were broke, and I know Ted had said he was going to limp the jeep as far as possible on one flat, so its not surprising to me that at least one tire was totally trashed. I would put more confidence in that, then the word on the road. This is the first I heard of leaving the tire and rim behind, or any other trash, that is not cool. Not to sound defensive, but are [you] sure it was someone from 3736 on the weatherman channel or an unapproved frequency? We used our "race channel" extensively, which I thought was something from SCORE that we got well in advance of the race and had all our radios programmed to. This is the first I heard of anyone on the team trying to use the weatherman channel. My understanding is there were a lot of teams out there trying to get out, just curious if you are positive if it was someone from Peak. Maybe the ball did get dropped on the radio frequencies, but it seemed to me that had been taken care of."
"The tire was driven on for about 1.5 miles flat as the team was out of spares. One of the other rims was beaten back into place and was believed to be able to hold air but no source was available. Maybe the tires are to stiff for the rims maybe not but none were punctured prior to rim failure.
I guess with your pictures there is proof that even more lies/half truths are being spread. I was under the impression that we had rim failures, I guess not. We were running 26 psi in all of the tires. Is that not enough? I mean the tires are untested and all, and they are bias ply, but I figured 26 psi was enough. What does everyone seem to be running in the radials? As for leaving the tire behind, I am sad that happened. Whitewater, I was under the impression that we recieved our frequency from PCI and we were registered with weatherman. I guess not. You are spot on though, every bit of advice you guys tried to give our team is proving true. I wish I would not have gotten caught up in our Captians 'E Peen A Thon' and listened a bit more. Live and learn and thank God nobody got hurt."
Baja Racing News.com Follow-Up Story, prior to the Baja 1000
The ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE
Pit Bull Tires has become a sponsor of the Peak Empire Carcing team’s entry in the upcoming Baja 1000 race. The race, from Nov. 10 to 16, starts in Ensenada, Mexico and finishes in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It will be the 40th anniversary of the race, and more than 500 entrants are expected. This will be the first time the tire maker has sponsored a team in a Baja Mexico race. The tire maker started in industrial tire sales and moved into sled pulling, rock crawling, rock racing and off-road. Baja Mexico will be a step up for the tire manufacturer." We will report on their progress.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Here is the ONLY PLACE you'll get the REAL INSIDE STORIES! Like McMillin Racing, the winners of this years Baja 1000 - had ARMED GUARDS watching them in Mexico for this race!
OR, that an American was killed by a stray bullet of an AK-47 just days ago! or that during this years San Felipe race, a fan, during the race an American race car RIPPED HIS LEG OFF - He DIED!
OR, that only up until this race, Baja Racing had a tradition of cutting courses, sneak tricks on competitors and SHORT CUTS, like on the TV SHOW!~
STAY TUNED TODAY, at 1 PM PST, we'll be LIVE! on Mexican Radio for the Official Race Pull for positions for the first race of the Baja Racing Season of 2010, the INFAMOUS DASH 200 on Thursday, December 31, which we'll also be LIVE ! ONLY HERE on Baja Racing News.com!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Baja Racing News.com
STEVE McQueen and Baja Racing!
The Hurst Baja Boot was envisioned by Vic Hickey who was regarded as one of General Motors top engineers of the time. GM had a “no racing” policy in place that initially stopped any plans of producing the Baja. But under the shadow of darkness, Hickey and Drino Miller completed the Baja Boot in 26 days at the Hurst facility in Michigan. The chassis was constructed out of SAE- 1010 13/4-inch steel tubing that weighed 3,450 pounds. The suspension system included parts from a Corvette rear drive assemblies and a Dana transfer case to support the 112 inch long hybrid four-wheel-drive buggy. The Baja Boot could operate from a Front wheel drive platform through an inverted drive assembly that allowed the driver to disengage the transfer case. Other Innovative features included a collapsible steering column, 11-inch Hurst-Airheart disc brakes, a 20-inch-diameter six-blade fan with reversed pitch, and a 350ci V-8 engine that was installed backwards.
George Hurst was the first sponsor of the Publisher of Baja Racing News.com, early in their desert racing exploits, back in 1985. More on that later.
Steve McQueen, Bud Ekins and the legendary Chevy-powered Hurst Baja Boot, only 2 were ever made.
McQueen raced the Baja Boot in 1969’s ‘Baja 1000′, Set on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, also known as ‘The Devils Playground’, the Baja 1000 was the longest off road race in the world. It is also arguably the toughest and most dangerous– 1969’s event claiming two lives.
Steve McQueen was accompanied by co-driver Harold Daigh this time out, and the pair were traveling well, but, with just 237 miles completed, disaster struck when a broken transmission put them out of the race.
McQueen later told William Nolan– “In the fast sections, it was not unusual for us to get airborne for 50 to 70 feet over road dips. The Boot rides so smooth you can overdo things. Even in bad, choppy sections it’ll do 60 or so, and if you slam into a big rock at that speed you can crack an axle or worse.”
Prior to Baja, Steve first raced the Baja Boot in the ‘Stardust 7-11′ off-road race in June 1968. A gruelling 320 mile odyssey for both cars and motorbikes, the race started at the Stardust raceway in Las Vegas, Nevada, and ran across the potentially lethal Amargosa desert. Friend and fellow racer Bud Ekins was also with Steve in the Baja Boot in the role of rider-navigator.
In the lead up to the race Steve told the media - “I’ve lined me up a sweet machine for this one called the ‘Baja Boot.’ Chevy powered. Four hundred and fifty horses under the bonnet. Space frame construction. Four-wheel drive. Independant suspension. And ’smooth’! I can notch close to a hundred over a sand wash and you better believe that’s moving.”
Steve and Bud were performing well in the race, until, in Steve’s own words, as related to writer William F Nolan– “We were really battin’ along, feeling good about the car and our chances with it, when we see this big fat wheel rolling along beside us. It’s our wheel! The axle had popped. Well, that did it. We just sat on our tails in the desert ’till help came.”
A not uncommon occurrence in Baja racing...
Steve McQueen's highly-customized, Corvair-powered, Meyers Manx dune buggy from "The Thomas Crown Affair."
“Crown lives at the beach, and he has a sand Dune Buggy. I helped them design it, so I’m kind of proud of that. What it is, it’s set on a Volkswagen chassis, with great old wide weenies – big wide tires on it with mag wheels. Corvair engine stuffed in the back, and a semi reclining position, somewhat like my formula 1 car. It’s very light, you know, I think we are around about 230 horses, and the vehicle weighs about 1000 pounds.”
Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway with the dune buggy from "The Thomas Crown Affair."
All the Dune Buggy stunt scenes from The Thomas Crown Affair were performed by Steve McQueen himself– with actress Faye Dunaway bravely sitting by McQueen’s side like a true sport. Man, how I love the howl of that souped-up Corvair engine in the clip below–Special Thanks To Cathexis Labs
Mickey Thompson Off-Road Rigs
Mickey Thompson was one of the great pioneers of off road racing. Not only did he promote some of the best racing in history, but he was also a leader in off road racing technology. Check out the link to see some of his unique creations!