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September 30, 2019
The Latest From NORRA
Border Crossing Customs Sign-up For ALL NORRA 500 Chase Trucks And Trailers
AGUA DULCE, CALIF. – Attention NORRA racers! Mexican officials have asked NORRA and its racers to properly fill out the border crossing information and supply it by no later than midnight, October 7, 2019.
The Customs Department has asked us to provide vehicle information regarding team vehicles crossing the border. We do not capture this information during registration as it does not pertain to your entry.
It is in your best interest to make sure all your team’s information is included and on the official list so that your crossing into Mexico for the NORRA race is as smooth and expedited as possible.
We have added a link to the NORRA registration page to add 'non-race' vehicles. This may be the truck and trailer being used to transport your race car. This may be your chase truck(s). If it is carrying race related equipment - add it. You do not need to include your race vehicle unless it is street legal and you are driving it across the border.
Drivers and Co-Drivers: Log into the NORRA account created to register for the event as either a driver or co-driver. For Chase and Crew that do not have accounts - create one. The first line item that you will see says 'Mexican Customs'. YOU ONLY NEED TO KNOW THE YEAR/MAKE/MODEL/LICENSE PLATE OF YOUR TRUCK AND TRAILER.CLICK TO REGISTER YOUR VEHICLE FOR BORDER CROSSING
OTHER BORDER CROSSING TIPS FROM NORRA:
This is an opportunity for convenience that will drastically improve the time for crossing vehicles on their way to NORRA registration. Please follow the rules below.
Please make sure that everyone in your party, has passports or passport cards. Anyone who is traveling to Baja California Sur or who will be in Mexico more than 72 hours, is required to obtain a tourist card. To get one, go to www.mexicotouristcard.com, and complete the information there. Then download and print the resulting form. (Note that all dates on the form are day/month/year.) Present your card to Mexico customs at the border crossing.
U.S. car insurance is not valid in Mexico. We recommend you get Mexican car insurance before you leave. Short-term insurance can be purchased online at Instant Mexican Car Insurance.
All NORRA Baja border crossings are to be conducted at the San Ysidro/Tijuana "El Chaparral" border.
All NORRA racers are to conduct Baja border crossings in Lane #2.
All race teams and support vehicles should have a NORRA sticker on the windshield or visible, printed, NORRA logo on the dashboard. Mexico Customs will be in charge of receiving racers through the border crossing.
All vehicles should have the following documents in order and preferably in a folder ready for inspection:
- Vehicle registration.
- Proof of ownership, green sticker, invoice or DMV paperwork.
- If the owner of race car or support vehicle is not present during crossing, driver must show photocopy of owner’s ID along with paperwork.
- All vehicles need to have a license plate (except possibly race cars)
Have a list (and invoices) of all major spare parts (engine, transmission, wheel/tires). They must match the race car. For example, if the race car has an 8-cylinder engine and the chase truck has a spare 4-cylinder engine, it will not be allowed thru the Border duty free and you must pay taxes for those parts. Only four (4) spare tires per race or chase truck are allowed maximum duty free.
Vehicles with race car spare parts must go across the border simultaneously with race the car. No chase truck with spare parts will be allowed through the Mexican border duty free on its own.
Finally, No gas of any kind allowed through the border!
NORRA Tourist Assistance Helpline: 011 52 (646) 137 1283 -or- (858) 400-7440
Tijuana State Tourism: 011 52 (664) 973 0424 (until 6:00pm)
Complete course maps, and GPS downloads will be released online for racers to download on October 8th at 8:00 am. The rally will begin in Ensenada on October 10th for tech inspection, and welcoming festivities so the anticipation is already building. The course will run one of 2 separate loops on successive days that start, and end in Ensenada; making the logistics much easier than a full peninsula run. For those who have not registered, don’t miss out on the fun. Get those entries in today! Early registration is almost over. Go to www.norra.com right now and join us for the newest form of “The Happiest Race On Earth!”.
GOOD VIBES. ### GOOD TIMES!
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, five-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, as well as modern pre-runners, trucks, buggies, UTVs, bikes and desert Rally Raid cars.
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-1970's.
NORRA enjoys corporate partnerships with Yokohama Tire, Method Race Wheels, South Point Hotel Casino, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, STEEL-IT, RIGID, Multitool USA, Timberline, Schampa, Satellite Phone Store.com, PCI Race Radios, Warn, Biltwell, USActionTrax, Joe Hauler, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF), B3KREATIV, and many more.