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Scenes from the Baja 1000

We took on one of the toughest off-road races in the world in a stock 1970 Volkswagen bug and lived to tell the tale.

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Emme Hall

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2017 Baja 1000
1 of 15 Volkswagen

In November 2017 we teamed up with Project Baja to race from Ensenada to La Paz, Mexico in class 11, a stock VW bug. 

2017 Baja 1000
2 of 15 Volkswagen

The little bug runs a 1600cc air-cooled engine putting out 65 horsepower.

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3 of 15 Volkswagen

A four-speed manual transmission gets what little power that exists down to the dirt.

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4 of 15 Volkswagen

The bug sports a fuel cell, roll cage and larger tires, but is still considered a stock vehicle.

2017 Baja 1000
5 of 15 Chris Joyce

The day before the race, all participants gather in Ensenada for a final tech and safety inspection.

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6 of 15 Chris Joyce

Streets are closed and the party is on.

2017 Baja 1000
7 of 15 Alex Horn

Over 400 cars and trucks participated in the Baja 1000. About half finished the race. 

2017 Baja 1000
8 of 15 Alex Horn

Class 11 had 11 entries, natch. Of those, only two finished. 

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9 of 15 Chris Joyce

Local racer Dennis Hollenbeck took second place, barely squeaking under the time limit of 48 hours.

2017 Baja 1000
10 of 15 Chris Joyce

Class favorite Eric Solerzano did not finish.

2017 Baja 1000
11 of 15 Emme Hall/Roadshow

The Lowrance GPS keeps the car on track, while a Stella computer warns if there is a competitor that needs to pass or is broken down ahead.

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12 of 15 Emme Hall/Roadshow

1137 had its fair share of flat tires on the 1,134-mile course.

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13 of 15 Emme Hall/Roadshow

The Baja 1000 is a marathon, not a sprint. Care is taken at all pit stops to check as many components as possible.

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14 of 15 Emme Hall/Roadshow

Car 1137 made each and every checkpoint of the Baja 1000.

2017 Baja 1000
15 of 15 Chris Joyce

Unfortunately, we didn't do it on time. We finished in 58 hours, officially a DNF -- Did Not Finish.

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