Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Southern Baja Racing CABO 500 2013 Exciting Desert Off-Road Events

 VIDEO ABOVE: BAJA Star continuing promotion of International racing in Southern Baja Mexico

Southern Baja racing takes hold for the super adventurous! SPECIAL REPORT

Desert Off-Road Racing in Southern Baja is now back in vogue after reports of important gringos have been seen over the past several weeks, south of the Off-Road Capital, La Paz. The leading mainstay for International Racers is the CABO 500, set for October 18-20 this racing season.

The Famous CABO 500 Start at the Capital of Off-Road, La Paz Baja South (Crank It Up!) The CABO 500 Promotional Video From Years Past
The CABO 500, since 2005, has provided International Racers with a well designed adventure experience. Executed by the same team of professionals for years, the event experience has always included new event details each year. There was the "Triple Challenge", with a finish line under the arch at Lands End. There was the surfing contest and each year always includes the "BIGGEST and BADDEST" desert off-road race.

The BIGGEST BADDEST Championship Series this year is in Baja South! The CABO 500 2013 is scheduled for October 19 & 20.

 "Official Championship 2013"
Off Road Series Baja South

1. Pueblo Mágico 200
Todos santos April 7 Shorts Course

2. Dos Mares 500
La Paz-Cd
Constitución May 4

3. Comondu 200
Cd Constitución 27 & 28 July Short Course

4. CABO 500 - Cabo Challenge
Rancho El Tule October 19 & 20

5. Circuito Bronco
La Paz, BCS November 23 & 24

6. Final Nacional Track Event "Campeón de Campeones"
Autódromo Hermanos Monroy (By Invitation Only "El Campeonato  December 14 & 15 San Pedro Baja South

This years CABO 500 event is an "arrive and drive" at Los Cabos Mexico. Located at the historic, "El Tule Rancho", directly midway between the two, 'Los Cabos', San Jose and San Lucas, on the "Golden Sands" of the Sea Of Cortez.

CABO 500 even promoted a 'Loreto to La Paz to Cabo' event in 2007. Local politics stopped that plan and the event promoters continued with 'RED' events for two years. Races that started with a"Red Shop Rag" being dropped in front of the racers, marking the official start of the race. The popularity of the RED events soared, marking the largest group of International racers ever to visit Los Cabos.

The "The Greatest Escape in Racing" CABO 500 will be carried LIVE! for only the third time ever, here on Baja Racing News LIVE! 

Racing politics are in full gear this year. Listen in to OFF-ROAD LIVE!  

Gary Newsome
Baja Racing News LIVE!   

 VIDEO BELOW: The Los Barriles event at Hotel Palmas de Cortez
Contingency being held on the old airstrip, where Mark Post crashed his plane, forcing the hotel owner, Sr. Bob Van Wormer to announce, Post, "had more money than brains!"

  Today's Updated Race Video From Southern Baja!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Baja Racing News LIVE! BLAST FROM THE PAST, The Das Fail Story UPDATED, from an INSIDER, Our Reporting is DEAD ON and the Desert Off-Road Community Admits Utter Collapse

The INSIDER Confirmation of Baja Racing News LIVE! Das Fail Story

Danny Parsel, gives up the ghost to Baja Racing 

""The VW TT was run by Arciero Miller racing In Foothill Ranch CA. I was in charge of the Fab on the VW TT along with Brandon Chavez, Luke Sawer and Wade Weaver." 

The very first time the build video has now gone public EXCLUSIVELY for Baja Racing 

"We built two of everything along with four sets of suspension. We had 3 Audi ALMS V12 twin turbo Diesels. The torque & HP number are what Audi wants the Public to know, if you get my drift? We used a specially designed 6 speed XTrac Trans in a VDrive configuration with air paddle shift. It would have been a very dominating truck once we got the rear gear to live. The engine mapping was tuned way down due to crazy torque numbers that could explode ring and pinons at will! The start up took around 1:30 min due to the fact we had heaters that brought all temps up before ignition. It was an amazing team to be a part of with some of the smartest engineers within Audi VW and XTrac. All I can say is there was no issues with a loss of power and reliability. I could go on and on about stuff that is just not possable to accomplish with out the support of factory R&D. I have some cool pictures of the build I will have to dig up? One was finished and had over 2000 miles of testing and the second was 90% completed. They are both still in California. 

We had planned to run the 2009 season as a two truck campaign with a third truck to be built later that year. We had a three year contract with VV of America (2008 -2010). VW AG (Germany, VW HQ, this is where the Dakar funding came from) was the one who pushed the desert program in the US. In March of 2009 with the major economic drop in the US, VW America pulled the plug on the desert program after 15 months. Arciero / Miller still had a contract with VW to continue with the Jetta cup that ended I believe in 2010." 

The 2008 Baja 1000 Start, with Ryan Arciero at the wheel. Millions of dollars at risk for the Arciero Family and three years of contracted work, Ryan stalls it at the Start Line!

"During the 2008 Baja 1000 Ryan Arciero started and we had clutch slave issues right off the start (as you can see in the video above). The shift system was megaline that talked with Xtrac to supply a no lift shift system. We replaced the slave cylinder at mile 70 or something but the damage was done to the trans so we had to replace the trans near La Rumorosa. 

We had no more problems while Ryan was driving. Mark Miller got in and near San Matias lost a ring and pinion but was able to limp it to our semi that was only a few miles from them. We finished 13th in TT. You will never see it run again as a VW V12 diesel but maybe one day it will show up in another configuration?? 

I think more than losing my income I was more disappointed that all our hard work was never going to shown. I worked for other TT and Class 1 teams and I believe this was a dream team. We ALL got along and the Germans were awesome! It was the most fun I ever had making a living!!"" 


Before the VW-Arciero effort, "Das Fail", VW brought over the VW DAKAR Touregs to the 2007 BAJA 500. They could have done much better with a sustained Baja effort with these rides CLICK HERE 

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