September 2, 2015

7th Annual NORRA Mexican 1000 Dates Set
-- Updated 2016 Categories and Rules --
-- Pre-registration is Now Available! --

(Agua Dulce, Calif.): Nearly 1300 rugged miles of endless valleys of cactus, silt laden plains, rocky canyons, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez from Ensenada to San Jose del Cabo, the NORRA Mexican 1000 returns with a renewed commitment to its racers.

This next April 23rd-27th 2016, NORRA will once again make its way down the Baja peninsula. Over the years, this race has seen its fair share of changes from a Mexicali start to Ensenada to its finish in La Paz change to Cabo. Different formats have been implemented, but the spirit of this event remains unchanged.

Attempting to manage the growing pains of an ever expanding event, NORRA has revised its category rules to further the spirit of the vintage racer while pushing the envelope for those wishing to race with the latest technological advancements.

Six eras will be represented, defined primarily by the technology available when originally introduced. Each era will be awarded an overall trophy. Because this originally started as a vintage rally, homage needs to be paid towards vintage drivers as well as those racing the latest and greatest. Therefore, there won’t be an overall trophy covering all categories.

Here is a list of the eras and categories:



  • Pro Moto, Cash Prize
  • Modern Open
  • Modern Lites
    (250cc 2s / 400cc 4s)
  • Vintage Open
    (1993 or earlier)
  • Vintage Lites
    (250cc 2s / 400cc 4s, 1993 or earlier)
  • Super Vintage
    (1984 or earlier)
  • Classic British Thumpers
    (1976 or earlier)
  • 2 Strokes Only
  • 50+ (aka Vintage Dudes) All riders 50+


  • ATV (quads)
  • ATC (3-wheelers)
  • Motos w/ side cars

Pioneers, 1967–1975


2” shocks, type-1s, swing axles, stock trucks, 33” tires

  • Pioneer Buggies
  • Pioneer Bugs
  • Pioneer Trucks
  • Pioneer 4x4s

Legends, 1976-1982


2” shocks, type-1s, IRS, stock trucks, 33” tires

  • Legend Buggies
  • Legend Bugs
  • Legend Trucks
  • Legend 4x4s

Challenger, 1983-1988 class=


2.5” shocks, type4s, quarter elliptic trucks, 35” tires

  • Challenger Buggies
  • Challenger Bugs
  • Challenger Trucks
  • Challenger 4x4s

Vintage, 1989-1996

(1989–20 Years Old)

Big shocks, big engines, sequentials, linked trucks, 37” tires

  • Vintage Open Buggies
  • Vintage Limited Buggies
  • Vintage Open Trucks
  • Vintage Limited Trucks
  • Vintage Open Truck w/ Rear Leafs
  • Vintage Open Truck w/ 4x4
  • Vintage Short Wheelbase 4x4
  • Vintage Military Vehicle
  • Vintage Production Cars
  • Vintage Class 12
  • Vintage Class 5
  • Vintage Class 5-1600
  • Vintage Class 1/2-1600
  • Vintage Class 9
  • Vintage Class 11

Historic, 1996-and older

(Unlimited 20+ Years Old)

  • Historic Truck and Truggy

Evolution, Modern Machines

(Modern Race Cars)

  • Pro Unlimited, Cash Prize
  • Unlimited
  • Rally Raid AWD
  • Rally Raid 2WD
  • Rally Raid Production
  • UTV
  • Class 10
  • Class 6100
  • Class 8
  • Heavy Metal
    (8, 6100, ProTruck, 1450, 6, 7200)
  • Class 7100
  • Ultra 4x4
  • Trophy Lite
  • Meyers Manx
  • Modern Military Vehicles
  • Prerun Trucks (must have doors)
  • Prerun Buggies (must have back seat)

With the Eras firmly in place, NORRA also further clarified its rules for each of its respective classes. To encourage positive and interactive feedback from racers, the rulebook will be posted online at and is open to suggestions and revision until September 30th. We strongly encourage participation to maximize the effectiveness of the class rules.

2016 Mexican 1000 Pre-Registration - NOW AVAILABLE!

Pre-Registration will now be available. Beginning September 15th, you can secure your spot and number for the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 with a $500 deposit.

Pre-Registration terms are as follows:

  • Pre-Registration opens 9/15/15
  • $500 non-refundable deposit
  • Monthly payment plan options
  • When your entry is paid in full – you will be able to purchase your room in Bay of LA until they are sold out.

Pre-registering is a great way to keep the Team and Sponsors motivated though the off-season as we count down to the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000!


  • Team profile featured on 2016 Entries Page
  • Allows people who need the tax deduction to take it in 2015 vs 2016
  • Allows teams to make monthly payments to take the pressure off one big payment
  • Get the expense out of the way prior to the holidays.
  • Keep the teams focused and committed.
We at NORRA see these changes as a commitment to the spirit of the event and hope they make this experience more enjoyable for all.



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.