April 13, 2016

The Official 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 Schedule Of Events
-- Welcome Fiesta at Registration, Friday 4-10 p.m. --
-- Join Us For Motorcycle Registration, Car Preregistration, Live Music, Azuñia Tequila and FUN! --

(Agua Dulce, Calif.): Event organizers for the 7th annual NORRA Mexican 1000 will be the first to tell you – putting together the logistics for a five day motorcycle, four day car, truck and buggy, 1,300-plus mile romp through Mexico’s Baja peninsula is never easy. There are myriad of details to confirm, crews to assemble and a sombrero full of details to finalize.


As teams, racers and adventure seekers look forward to the final weeks of preparation before arriving in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico for the start of another chapter in “The Happiest Race on Earth,” today the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) released its official Event Schedule for its 2016 rally that will eventually find competitors enjoying the world-class beaches and sunshine of San Jose del Cabo at land’s end.

The new schedule features a revised format from last year’s Mexican 1000, with an emphasis on two specific items: enhancing the overall experience for NORRA competitors and insuring as much safety and rally support as possible.

NORRA has posted its detailed Mexican 1000 mileage and pits maps for its family of racers to download and use to refine their support strategies. The files contain four individual maps for both the Moto and Car categories - Vintage and Evolution classes (see below for direct links to the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 maps and a full course overview). As in previous years, each full days course will not be released until just before the rally starts.

After careful review of last year’s Mexican 1000 format, NORRA officials have rolled back many of the rally’s daily starting times to increase chances for two and four-wheeled competitors to all arrive at their respective overnight stops in the daylight hours.

On Friday, April 22nd NORRA teams, racers and VIPs will enjoy the majesty of Ensenada's centralized Riviera Convention Center for most all rally-related activities including registration, distribution of crew and racer armbands, Moto Tech. Inspection and the Official Mexican 1000 Welcome Fiesta. An impressive display of Vintage category and newly completed restorations will be on display Saturday the 23rd at the BILSTEIN Classic Car Round-Up, NORRA will also be conducting continued registration for all four-wheel categories, late Motos and technical inspections for all Car Categories. Motos will leave the start line for Day 1 to El Rosario at 1PM!

The 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 Schedule of Events kicks-off on Friday, April 22nd in the heart of Ensenada’s downtown Riviera Convention Center. NORRA will provide its participants with early four-wheel Registration, Moto Registration and Tech, Volocore tracker installation and a Rally/GPS Navigation training session (to be held at the San Nicholas Hotel just across the street). The Official Mexican 1000 Welcome Fiesta will round out the day on the patio within the center.

On Saturday, April 23rd downtown Ensenada and the Riviera Convention Center will be the place to be as NORRA has a full day of activity designed to spotlight its competitors and provide enthusiastic Mexican locals the chance to see racers and their machinery first hand. The “Bilstein Classic Car Round-Up” will display NORRA’s unique historic machinery from 10:00 until 1:00 pm when NORRA’s Motorcycle Category racers will take the green flag to start their adventure to El Rosario. All four-wheel vehicles will undergo safety and rules scrutiny via the “Bilstein Tech Inspection” before the mandatory Driver’s Meeting at 6PM where NORRA will review particulars like the hospitalities at its overnight stop in Bahia de Los Angeles and details of the huge Award’s Ceremony presented by South Point at the Grand Mayan Resort on the beach in San Jose del Cabo Wednesday evening, April 27th.


Below is an overall day-by-day outline map of the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. Look for more information including Fuel Purchase, the Schedule of Events and Pit City in BoLA over the coming days leading up to your arrival in Ensenada for "The Happiest Race on Earth"!




With the Eras firmly in place, NORRA has further clarified its rules for each of its respective classes. The rulebook is posted online at If you have any questions, please contact us.




Beginning in 2010, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) began promoting a rebirth of the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. The unique off-road rally was co-created by promoter Mike Pearlman to consist of special stages (unlimited speed timed stages in the dirt) linked together by controlled speed liaison / transit sections (highway). The one-of-a-kind, once-a-year, four-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, rally cars, a limited group of modern desert racecars and classes for prerunner trucks and buggies.

Pearlman’s late father Ed and others established the first running of the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road rally in November of 1967, which eventually became internationally recognized and evolved into the Baja 1000 in the mid-1970s.

The NORRA Mexican 1000 is supported by General Tire, American Racing Wheel, South Point Hotel Casino, Walker Evans Racing, Azunia Tequila, KC HiLites, Bilstein Shock Absorbers and Mastercraft/Impact Safety.