Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all.
We are headed South to Muleje  next week to warm up. See you in 2012!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mickey Thompson 1979 Baja 1000

I had the chance to meet and interact with this man during the MTEG days in the late 80's, working as a photographer during all those stadium races. Micky was in a word intense. Always moving, always plotting, always trying to stay in the lead. This also has plenty of other classic footage.
 Take a few minutes and enjoy.



Thursday, December 15, 2011

Outlaw Snowdown

If your find yourself in Pagosa Springs  Colorado and you like outlaw  music and snowboarding then this is for you. Our friends are putting this party on and is sure to be a blast!
Complete info here

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rig of the week

We saw this on a recent trip to Ocatillo Wells. Quite the "Hillbilly Deluxe!"
Makes me want to go deer hunting for some reason.

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Blazer

Monday, October 24, 2011

Flynn's Jeep of the week

Flynn's sweet ride.

Our buddy Bill bought this for his son as a first car. 6cyl manual trans.
Flynn also is no stranger to Baja. He's been going since he was in diapers. Bet he can't wait to hit the trail.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Road Trip

Took a trip to Baja last week for a little R & R. We went to Mulege to visit Baja legend Ron Brant to see his retirement villa. We headed South on Mex 1 straight down. Spent the first night in San Ignaco at the famous Rice and Beans. Bright and early the next morning we saddled up and made the next leg a few hours South into Mulege.
After two great days hanging out with Ron and his new friends we packed up and motored North but decided to hit the dirt at Chapala into Gonzaga with a stop at Cocos Corners of course. We wanted to check out the new pavement to Puertecitos. They have been working on this road and are almost done. It is kind of bittersweet. Nice that it's paved but, sad that a big section of the Baja 1000 is now paved. We stayed our last night in San Felipe at Pete's Camp visiting old friends. We then checked out the toll road from Mexicali to Tecate. Great 6 day Baja adventure. Enjoy some photos of the beautiful Baja....

Mama's lobster burritos

Had to stop at Mama Espinozas for Lobster burritos!

Church at San Ingacio
Visited the church at San Ignacio built in 1720

San Ignacio
One of my favorite Baja towns. The Baja 1000 runs right past this church.

Casa de Brant
Enjoying an ice cold Pacifico at Casa Brant

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These are the waters Ron goes fishing in every day. (jealous)

Santispac
We spent a few hours swimming in the healing waters of the Sea of Cortez at Santispac

Cocos corner
Cocos Corners

Coco preparing his book for us to sign
Bill enjoying an ice cold Coke while Coco prepares his book for us to sign.

New road North of Gonzaga
Nice new pavement over the now defunct 'three sisters"

 Puertocitas
Puertecitos

Welcome to Petes camp
Welcome to San Felipe

San Felipe sunrise
Sunrise in San Felipe

Petes motto
Pete's Camp motto

Full set of photos can be viewed HERE
VIVA BAJA!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Meet Ivan

Ivan, one of the best guys in Baja. Ivan knows everything there is to know about Baja. Ivan will be there to make sure your trip goes off without a hitch.

Ivan

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Blast From the Past

 Ron Brant at the 1986 Frontier 500. Jim from Trackside Photo sent this to me the other day. He recently uploaded some photos from classic races to the site. Check em out.
Ron was running the 100 plate. He was the first Score HDRA class one points champ in 85.
Good times back then for sure. Ron will be along as a guide on the Camp4lo runs. Don't worry he will wait up for y'all!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Off Road Expo is near

Almost time for the 12th annual Lucas Oil Off Road Expo October 8th and 9th.
At Pomona Fairplex. We will be making this. See you there.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited

Jeep Review

A good friend of mine was having some service done on her car and the dealer set her up with a rental.
A fully loaded 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. I  had to see for myself just how this would perform off road.
 With a lot of coaxing and a few, "It will be fines',  She finally agreed to go for a little road trip.
We packed up the Jeep with a cooler and headed to Barstow. We entered at outlet Center the traditional start/finish area for most of the off road races. We took off toward highway 247 with the intention of staying on the course and cutting out the really rough section up around the dump. After all were only shod with stock Goodyear Wrangler Radials. As we proceeded North I was impressed with the handling of this machine. I immediately knew it would be capable of handling just about anything I could throw at it. We decided to stay on course B all the way through. I'm glad we did. I ended up using the shift on the fly four wheel drive a couple times in the sandy wash and on a really steep hill climb. The ride was smooth and true. I could not believe how fast this Jeep could travel over this rugged terrain. We headed South and ended up meeting Stoddard Wells road and headed to Hodge Road. We spent an hour or so putting the Jeep through the paces of a favorite test loop we use to shake down our race cars. I know this loop like the back of my hand. As expected the Jeep motored through like a champ.
With a few mods this would be a great ride.

Jeep Review

I really enjoyed the longer wheelbase\

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Nicely per-portioned cockpit

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Back seats are a little cramped.

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Nice view

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Only in a Jeep

Sunday, August 14, 2011

California 200 Memorial

Life seems to be quite busy for me lately and Family responsibilities are aplenty. I was not going to be able to make it out for this, as I had a prior engagement. Things changed Thursday the 11th. I read news the owner of Slash X ranch was killed in a tragic accident just a stones throw from his beloved bar. I have met Brian on several occasions throughout the years and have spent many post race evenings bench racing with my fellow racers.  Brian was a true lover of our sport and he has provided his place for us to use as a home base during pre and post race events for many, many years. Being a former desert racer he was one of us. One of the family.

When FAST AID approached Brian with placing the California 200 memorial on his land, Brian with no hesitation offered a place on his property.

I had to come pay some respects. We drove up early Saturday morning took the long way across the desert out to Slash X. We arrived about 8:30 AM and found Lucas Hand president of Fast Aid and his staff  placing the final touches on this wonderful memorial. Lucas and I talked for about an hour sharing stories about Brian, and the wonderful times we had over the years at the Slash X with Brian.
Since the official unavailing was not for another 6 hours there were no other mourners there. Lucas gave us the personalized tour and showed us the intimate details explaining the meaning of everything.
After the tour we said goodbye to Lucas and we headed back across the desert (the long way of course) back to interstate 15 South and headed home to resume my family duties.
Saturday was a somber day. We trekked across the desert slowly reflecting about the events of the past year and soaking in the beauty of our awesome desert.
Life is precious. Give your loved ones an extra hug tonight.
R.I.P. Brian and those killed at the California 200.


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California 200 memorial. 8 trees planted for those killed. 22 Lantana bushes for the survivors.
the 8 names engraved on the stainless steel structure.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

MDR California 200 Memorial this Weekend

FAST AID will hold a memorial for the anniversary of the California 200 accident this weekend.
The event will be held at SLASH X in Barstow. They will be placing a permanent  memorial out there.
LINK TO THE STORY



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

More fallout

They are talking about bringing SCORE back to Primm next year.
Good thing Baja loves us off roaders.

Good article


Monday, August 8, 2011

September in San Felipe

SCORE has announced a new race in San Felipe to replace the long running Primm 300. Citing troubles obtaining insurance. We are starting to see more fallout from that tragedy in Lucerne last year.
Our friends Harley Letner and Kory Halopoff will be running  class 1, defending their 2010 class 1 championship.
September 9-11
Go get em boys!




Friday, July 29, 2011

Northern California

Last week, helped our friends at Biltwell do another chopper run.  This time we forwent the typical Baja summer heat and headed to Northern California. This was a small invite only event. The purpose was to get a small group of guys to explore some of California's beauty.
 Our travels started at Biltwell HQ in Murrietta California. The road took us North up highway 395 past Bishop to Lee Vining and into Lake Lundy. We camped in a valley of still snow capped peaks.

Day 2 found us headed West over Tioga pass through Yosemite. We ended our day at the Petaluma KOA Kampground North of San Francisco where the sight of outlaw bikers scared the Kampers. With our charm and minor antics around the campfire, the folks soon realized we were no more dangerous than a group of Mods on Vespas!.

Day 3 we headed for a quick ride out to Yuba City for an open house at OldStf Choppers where we were treated to some great burgers and refreshments. The shop is beautiful and well stocked.
After we filled our tanks on grub we headed back West and into downtown San Francisco for a well deserved shower and good nights sleep in a real bed.

Day 4 we packed up and cruised through the redwoods North of Santa Cruz for a night at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. I haven't seen that many trees in a long time, very nice treat.

Day 5 found us riding the wild thunder down the majestic California coast down Highway 1. Hugging the Pacific ocean most the way, the vistas are incredible.
We ended the day at El Capitan for one more fireside relaxing night.

Day 6, we packed the bedrolls, put our "knees in the breeze" and headed home.

California is such a wonderful state with so many different terrains. There is something for everybody. Get out there and enjoy.

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There were a few troubles on the road. Flat tire being one of them.

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From this point the California's beauty is breathtaking.

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Taking a breather in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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Outlaws reminiscing about the nights Kamping

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Eric with his "ol lady"

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Lined up for a hearty breakfast

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View from our hotel room in San Francisco

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if you look close you can see a guy getting arrested for beating up the guy laying on the sidewalk on the right

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Camping in the redwoods

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Another glorious breakfast before hitting the road

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