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Sourcing And Buying A Vintage Race Vehicle Just Got Easier!

Agua Dulce, CALIF. – Ever wanted to go vintage offroad racing, but didn’t know how to get started? The first step of course is to get a vehicle. Now that task has never been easier. Offroad racer Rory Ward is one of many NORRA competitors who love history, and have been responsible for locating, rescuing, and then racing offroad cars that were an important part of our history. That’s why he competes with NORRA. NORRA honors the past, while forging the future. No other sanctioning body celebrates vintage race vehicles like NORRA.

Rory, and several other devotes of offroad history, are constantly looking for vintage cars to save, and return to the fray. Rory did an incredible restoration of Mickey Thompson’s innovative Challenger IV race car, and returned it to action. The car was a prime example of racing Icon Mickey Thompson’s automotive ingenuity. The Challenger IV is only one of Rory’s impressive restorations. It takes much more than just the physical labor required. Research, and at times detective work also plays a part. He has to track down rumors, investigate leads, and follow the evidence where it leads to unearth some of these cars.



Luckily, you don’t have to. All you have to do is go to his Vintage Off Road Vehicles For Sale Facebook page - www.facebook.com/Vintage-Off-Road-Racing-Vehicles-For-Sale-253473822256097/ where anyone can buy and sell vintage offroad vehicles. YOU can find a vintage race car there and return it to competition. Right now there are buggies, Baja Bugs, and trucks for sale. There are projects that need some TLC, and turn-key vehicles ready to go. Some of the trucks on the site right now could even be plated, and used for double-duty on the street. These vehicles are hand-built works of art. Having a vintage muscle car or collector vehicle is fun, but having an offroad race vehicle is a blast. It’s something everyone can do, especially with NORRA.

A popular search in the Race-Dezert.com classifieds classifieds.race-dezert.com/ might find you the right whip as well. Many of the potential NORRA racers found there have a well-documented history of winning. Take a look at this van that belongs to Sean Roper for example classifieds.race-dezert.com/FOR-SALE:1975-Ford-Econoline-4x4-Pit-Van-165256.

This thing was built by the legendary Russ Wernimont, and Darryl Jacques at Venable Racing. Venable racing has built vehicles for iconic racers like Robby Gordon, and Rob MacCachren. The engine is a 351 Windsor SVT crate motor from Patten Race Engines, and it has a Ford C6 from Culhane transmission. It has 4 wheel drive, and custom long travel suspension. If you’re unaware, 4x4 vans are extremely hot right now. You can race it in NORRA’s RV class (that’s right, they have an RV class) or use it as your chase vehicle. There’s plenty of room for surfboards too. According to Sean, “This van was my daily driver for about 5 years until about 2 years ago. We have gotten this van dialed in to a science, and driving her off-road is where the real smiles come out. She eats up the whoops and the broken Baja roads. We have pulled fisherman out of the sand and towed a little bit of everything, from prerunners to trophy trucks.”



Another couple of sources for offroad vehicles are moneypitclassifieds.com, and the vintage classified section on offroadaction.ca.

Since NORRA has a class structure that corresponds with different eras of racing. If you purchase let’s say a 1980’s race truck, you will be racing against other 1980’s race trucks. That’s what makes it so much fun. A 1980’s truck won’t have the latest technology shock absorbers on it, but a state of the art shock package today can cost over 20,000 dollars. You might spend near that for an entire vintage car. NORRA has great competition, but it’s also about having fun. The course travels all the way down the Baja Peninsula with stops in a unique part of Baja every night. After each day of racing you can do any maintenance needed on your vehicle, grab some great food, and then join the party. We celebrate the day, and recharge for the next day’s stage. Remember, the goal is to have fun; it’s not a torture test. Many people note the unique spots they pass on the trip down, so they can spend even more leisurely time at those favorite spots on the drive home.



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ABOUT NORRA

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, Satellite Phone Store.com, Biltwell, Cerveceria Transpeninsular, PCI Race Radios, The Fab School, Schampa, K&N, Baja Bush Pilots, Mag7 Pits, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF), B3KREATIV, and many more.