The Baja 1000 is the most dangerous road-race of them all. It’s the only place in the world where you can see massively powerful trophy trucks battling bumper to bumper with an array of fully off-road capable motorcycles, buggies and even some VW Beetles.
One of the highlights of this historic 50th-anniversary event is the classic vehicle classes. The “Trailblazer” class is for vehicles built up to 1982, with the “Innovator” class covering vehicles from 1983 to 1992. The idea behind this was to create an opportunity for a bunch of classic buggies, 2WD and 4WD trucks to take part in this iconic event.
At roughly midnight Pacific time today (0800 GMT), the motorcycle entrants kicked the event off to get themselves a convincing head-start on the 700bhp plus trophy trucks coming after them.
The remainder of the 412 entrants start the race at 10 am Pacific time today (or right now) as they attempt to beat the 1,134.4 mile distance from the start line in Ensenada all the way to the chequered flag in La Pa, Mexico.
You can track the live progress of all entrants here.
During the race, competitors will race through some of the most remote and treacherous terrain on the planet. At points the course makes its way to tarmac, which you would think would be closed, as you know, motorsports is dangerous and all that. You’d be wrong though, as these roads are still open to the general public, meaning that reports of random cars to attempting to keep pace with Baja 1000 racers are common.
DriveTribe’s Bill Caswell took a passenger ride with BJ Baldwin for the Baja 1000 qualifying event that took place as part of SEMA 2017.
A big shoutout to BJ Baldwin in truck 97, we'll be keeping a close eye on your progress.
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