Baja 1000 Race
The Baja 1000 is Mexico’s own version of the canon ball run. Every year hundreds of contestants gather from all over the world to participate in one of the lesser known but no less challenging of race courses; the Baja 1000. The Baja 1000 race gets its name from the location where the race originally started in which is the Baja Peninsula in Mexican California. The 1000 comes from the fact that the race is 1000 miles long. With a history going back to 1967, and official supervision from the Mexican government, the Baja 1000 is well and truly a part of the racing calendar in Mexico and well known and loved among locals who flock out into the open to view the cars and bikes whiz past.
Baja 1000 Race Categories
Another peculiarity of the Baja 1000 annual race is that there are multiple entry categories. Whether you are driving a Chevy pick up truck, a VW bug or an off road motorbike, there is a category to suit you at the Baja 1000 race in Mexico. Other vehicle categories eligible to enter the Baja 1000 under their own class include dune buggies, production vehicles, trucks, custom race vehicles, and small and large bore motorcycles.
Baja 1000 Race Track
There are two different race tracks in operation at the Baja 1000 in Mexico. The first is a point to point track which follows a specific course and has separate beginning and ending points. The distance between the start and finish points in the Baja 1000 is 1000 miles. The starting point for the Baja 1000 is usually Ensenada and the finish line is at La Paz.
The Baja 1000 loop race consists of a set circuit that racers have to stick to. The start and finish point for this race is usually Ensenada.
Baja 1000 Booby Traps
One interesting and quite unusual feature of the Baja 1000 is that the crowd very often set booby traps for racers to go through. These can be anything from covered ditches to hidden ramps and usually result in the racing car jumping high in the air or doing some pretty heavy skidding. Far from being illegal it’s considered all part of the fun and the highlight of the races for many spectators, although that doesn’t make it any less dangerous for racers. Drivers are usually alerted to the presence of some kind of trap when they spot an unusually large crowd gathered in an otherwise quiet part of the race track.