March 18, 2015

NORRA Finalizes Category and Rules Package
For 2015 General Tire Mexican 1000
-- Event Organizers Revise Tire Regulations in Many Classes --

(Agua Dulce, Calif.): With just over six weeks of preparation time remaining before racers and adventure enthusiasts converge in downtown Ensenada, Baja, Mexico for the 6th Annual NORRA General Tire Mexican 1000, event organizers have announced a updated set of regulations for its various "Vintage" and "Evolution" four-wheel categories. The National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) today also refined two additional classes for this year’s “Happiest Race on Earth.”

A primary announcement affecting a large amount of NORRA categories involves various tire diameters. After careful consideration and in-depth discussions with many of its veteran competitors, NORRA has raised the maximum tire diameter from 35” to 37” for all of its highly popular “Vintage” classes. In addition, NORRA will return to open regulations concerning maximum tire diameters for most of the Mexican 1000’s “Evolution" categories.

New for 2015 is the addition of NORRA’s “Historic Trophy” class. Designed to better accommodate high-performance unlimited vehicles at least 20 years old, the Historic Trophy category will be run in conjunction with today’s modern Evolution categories. NORRA's updates also further refine a UTV class expected to grow in popularity over the coming years.

In contrast to previous Mexican 1000 rallies, ultra-high performance vintage machinery like Mark Post's beautiful Rivera Racing truck will compete with NORRA's "Evolution" categories thanks to a newly created "Historic Trophy" class. (Brian Binkert photo)

NORRA promotes and organizes the annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally, a vintage-flavored on and off-road stage rally that runs the length of the Baja peninsula. Scheduled to take place on April 25-29, for 2015 competitors will enjoy a fun-filled journey from Ensenada, Baja Mexico to the world-class resort city of San Jose del Cabo.

“Refining a complex event like this to suit a wide variety of guests and their needs is a constant in a business like ours,” explained NORRA President Michael Pearlman. “There are never simple answers, but we are constantly in touch with our customers to find out how to do all of this bigger and better. Now that we have made these changes we are looking forward to putting on the greatest event in Mexican 1000 history.”

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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 General Tire 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.