FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2014
NORRA Releases Official Event Schedule For
2014 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000
-- New Events, Venues Highlight This Year's 1,300-Plus Mile Rally --
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): With pre-rally entries at record levels, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) today released a final event schedule for its fifth annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. NORRA and its unique, vintage-flavored, on and-off road rally will cover 1,300+ miles over four days starting in Ensenada, Mexicali, Baja, Mexico on May 10th and finishing in the world-class resort destination of San Jose Del Cabo on Wednesday, May 14th.
For the first time in its history, the Mexican 1000 will start in the host city of Ensenada, Baja, Mexico, just two hours south of downtown San Diego. Much of the pre-race activity will center around Ensenada's iconic Riviera Cultural Center, including Saturday's General Tire "Round-Up" of historic and vintage race cars, trucks and sedans, the "Bilstein Shock Absorber Tech Inspection" and the "Walker Evans Racing Driver's Meeting and Welcome Fiesta."husiast Dave Despain. Last year’s honoree was five-time overall Baja 1000 champion and Mexican 1000 rally veteran Mark McMillin.
Saturday, May 10th will also see the ceremonial start of the motorcycles classes from the Riviera, with a mixed field of vintage and modern machinery. This marks the first time that NORRA has split its two and four-wheel divisions for two days of the rally -- all in the interest increasing participant safety.
Next weekend will also mark the first time that all the vintage four-wheel classes will have a stationary Technical Inspection that will also serve as a four-hour display of the historical vehicles that make the NORRA experience so unique. The General Tire Round-Up will be from 12:00 noon until 4:00pm at the Riviera Cultural Center. Race fans will also have the chance to see NORRA's Evolution-class vehicles in the Bilstein Tech Inspection held nearby.
Also new for 2014 will be the location of NORRA's immensely popular "South Point Driver's Award Celebration," a huge post-rally party that will be hosted by San Jose Del Cabo's Grand Mayan Resort. The seaside celebration will include a red carpet entrance, food, drinks including Azunia Tequila margaritas, live music and special awards -- all capped of with huge fireworks show.
"We are more than excited about the progress our team has made in raising the bar once again for this year's General Tire Mexican 1000," explained NORRA President Mike Pearlman. "Our only goal is to make the experience for our family of racers bigger and better each year. I think we are achieving that objective in a big way for 2014. We can't wait to see everyone next week in Ensenada."
The streets of Ensenada, Baja, Mexico will alive next week with the unique sites and sounds of the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. On Saturday, May 10th the festivities include the "General Tire Round-Up" for all vintage vehicles, the "Bilstein Tech Inspection" and the "Walker Evans Racing Driver's Meeting and Welcome Fiesta." NORRA will utilize the city's iconic Riviera Cultural Center as the focal point for most of its Ensenada-based activities.
2014 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000
|Friday, May 9||Ensenada|
|10:00am||Media Breakfast and Press Conf.||San Nicolas (Rosa Meeting Room)|
|12:00 - 6:00pm||IRC Open – Bracket and installation||San Nicolas (poolside)|
|1:00 - 4:00pm||Motorcycle Registration||San Nicolas (poolside)|
|3:00 - 4:00pm||NORRA Rally/GPS Clinic||San Nicolas Rosa Meeting Room|
|4:00 - 6:00pm||Motorcycle Pre-Tech||San Nicolas (parking lot)|
|6:00 - 10:00pm||Baja Social Club/Meyers Manx Bash||Horsepower Ranch|
|Saturday, May 10||Ensenada to El Rosario (Motorcycles)|
|9:00 - 11:00am||Motorcycle Tech Inspection||Riviera Conv. Center|
|11:30 - 12:30pm||Motorcycle Driver’s Meeting||Riviera Conv. Center (theater)|
|12:30pm||Motorcycle Staging||Riviera Conv. Center (front)|
|1:00pm||Motorcycle Start||Riviera Conv. Center (front)|
|10:15pm||Finish closed||El Rosario (Mama Espinosa's)|
|5:00 - 10:00pm||Walker Evans Racing Welcome Fiesta||El Rosario (Mama Espinosa’s)|
|9:00 - 4:30pm||Vehicle/Driver/Crew Registration||Riviera Conv. Center (glass room)|
|9:00 - 6:00pm||IRC Open: Bracket and installation||Riviera Conv. Center (glass room)|
|10:00 - 12:00 noon||Vintage vehicle staging (mandatory)||Riviera Conv. Center (front)|
|12:00 - 4:00pm||General Tire Vintage Round-Up &||Riviera Conv. Center (front)|
|Bilstein Vintage Tech Inspection|
|11:00 - 6:00pm||Bilstein Evolution Tech Inspection||Riviera Conv. Center (south)|
|6:00 - 7:00pm||Walker Evans Racing Driver’s Meeting||Riviera Conv. Center (theater)|
|7:00 - 9:00pm||Walker Evans Racing Welcome Fiesta (Includes food, drinks and live music)||Riviera Conv. Center (gardens)|
|Sunday, May 11||El Rosario to San Ignacio (Motorcycles)|
|5:30am||Motorcycle Staging||Mama Espinosa’s|
|6:00am||Motorcycle Start||Mama Espinosa’s|
|8:50pm||Motorcycle Finish Closed||Main Plaza, San Ignacio|
|Ensenada to Bahia De Los Angeles (Cars)|
|5:00am||Car Staging||Riviera Conv. Center|
|6:00am||Ceremonial Start||Main Street Bridge|
|10:00pm||Car Finish Closed||Costa Del Sol, BOLA|
|Monday, May 12||San Ignacio to Loreto (Motorcycles)|
|6:30am||Motorcycle Staging||Main Plaza|
|7:00am||Motorcycle Start||Main Plaza|
|4:00pm||Motorcycle Finish Closed||Loreto|
|12:00am-11:00pm||American Racing Wheel Party||La Mision Hotel (pool), Loreto|
|Bahia De Los Angeles to Loreto (Cars)|
|8:00am||Car Staging||Costa Del Sol|
|9:00am||Car Start||Costa Del Sol|
|11:20pm||Car Finish Closed||Costa Del Sol|
|12:00noon-11:00pm||American Racing Wheels Party||La Mision Hotel (pool)|
All Change to Mountain Time
|Tuesday, May 13||Loreto to La Paz (Cars and Motorcycles)|
|5:30am||Motorcycle Staging||La Mision Hotel|
|6:00am||Motorcycle Start||La Mision Hotel|
|9:00am||Car Staging||La Mision Hotel|
|10:00am||Car Start||La Mision Hotel|
|5:40pm||Motorcycle Finish Closed||Downtown La Paz|
|9:10pm||Car Finish Closed||Downtown La Paz|
|Wednesday, May 14||La Paz to Cabo (Cars and Motorcycles)|
|5:30am||Motorcycle Staging||Grand Plaza, La Paz|
|6:00am||Motorcycle Start||Grand Plaza, La Paz|
|9:00am||Car Staging||Grand Plaza, La Paz|
|10:00am||Car Start||Grand Plaza, La Paz|
|1:55pm||Finish Closed||Main Plaza, San Jose Del Cabo|
|5:10pm||Car Finish Closed||Main Plaza, San Jose Del Cabo|
|7:00pm||South Point Seaside Driver Awards||Grand Mayan, San Jose Del Cabo|
** Subject to change
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Beginning in 2010, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) began promoting a rebirth of the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. Dubbed the “Happiest Race on Earth,” 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. In 2013 NORRA added a second event to its calendar -- the new NORRA Mexican 500.
The General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 is proudly 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.