2021 Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000 Savvy Safari
The NORRA Mexican 1000, and NORRA 500 “Celebrate the Past, while Forging the Future.” Competitors participate in historic and restored race vehicles, as well as motorcycles, ATV’s, and modern race cars, and trucks; but what if you don’t own a racecar? Well, the “Happiest Race On Earth!” is for everyone who loves the spectacular scenery, food, and rich culture of Baja; you don’t need to own a race car. The Safari class also runs the length of the Peninsula, but at a much more leisurely pace.
Below is an interview with Curt LeDuc about the Savvy Safari class. Be sure to like the and subscribe to the NORRA YouTube channel!
The Savvy Off Road Safari class is unique to NORRA. It is a guided tour of Baja that puts you right in the mix of the Mexican 1000, or NORRA 500. You will take the green flag each day, and follow sections of the race course, but also take time to see the sights, and visit points of interest along the way. Led by Off Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Curt LeDuc, you will get to know the real Baja from the driver’s seat of your own vehicle. You will see many out of the way places that only seasoned Baja travelers like Curt know about. From the most spectacular missions, to the best street tacos, Curt knows how to get there, and what to order from the menu. Your path during the day will eventually lead to the finish line where you will cheer on the finishers before joining everyone at the nightly celebrations that take place in unique destinations along the way. In addition to the parties every night, both the welcoming fiesta in Ensenada on day one, and the awards ceremony on the beach after the final day of racing are epic celebrations.
During the trip, you will stay in beautiful hotels, and quaint little inns. In the remote Bahia De Los Angeles, you will camp in an exclusive area on the beach with your fellow Safari explorers. You will get to enjoy every aspect of the Baja experience on your way to the finish line in San Jose Del Cabo. The SAVVY Offroad Safari class will make anyone who enters into a seasoned Baja explorer by the end of the race. It’s perfect for those who have never been to Baja, as well as those who are regular visitors to the peninsula. Get your entry in today, and make sure to address everything on our check list below.
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|Driver of Record|
Crew, Friends and Family
|Cabo Awards Ceremony Only||100|
|Fri. April 23||Registration / Tech / Welcome Fiesta in Ensenada|
|Sat. April 24||Registration / Tech / Drivers Meeting in Ensenada|
|Sun. April 25||Ensenada ~ San Felipe / finish line celebration|
|Mon. April 26||San Felipe ~ Bahía de Los Ángeles / finish line celebration|
|Tue. April 27||Bahía de Los Ángeles ~ Loreto / Finish line celebration|
|Wed. April 28||Loreto ~ La Paz / Free night - no activities|
|Thu. April 29||La Paz ~ San José del Cabo Finish line celebration (Drinks only)|
|Fri. April 30||Awards Ceremony beachside in San José del Cabo (Food, drinks, live music and fireworks show|
Medical and Liability Insurance:
Vehicle Drivers and Co-Drivers will be banded with a wristband for medical and liability insurance while on the course - a policy provided by Instant Mexico Insurance. Please understand the limitations of this insurance by reading the policy. Read the Policy
Safari Insurance Fee
- Auto liability insurance from a Mexican company is required by law in order to drive in Baja California.
- The Safari insurance fee pays for liability insurance in Mexico while driving your vehicle on streets and in towns.
- Coverage starts 72 hours before the event and ends 72 hours after the event.
- Contact Instant Mexico Insurance to purchase full coverage (collision, fire and total theft) or to extend the coverage period, or if you are towing a trailer.
- Contact: Miguel 52 664 120 9742, email@example.com
Details about border crossing will be distributed as a Rally Alert shortly before most teams will be departing for the event. At that time, you will be able to register all vehicles crossing the border with your entry.
Plan ahead! You will need the following:
- A valid passport or passport card with an expiration date more than six months later than the date you enter Mexico. (This may take two months or longer to obtain.)
- Vaccinations. Discuss with your doctor at least two months in advance of travel. See the CDC Mexico Travel page for current U.S. recommendations.
- You will need either a visa or an FMM (tourist card). U.S. citizens need an FMM. For other countries, check with a Mexican embassy or consulate in your area. Click here to get an FMM within 30 days of travel. You complete the form online and then print it. You need to get it validated at the border if you drive into Mexico. We are trying to make arrangements for FMM validation at NORRA registration in Ensenada; see the border crossing rally alert for updates on this.
- Valid registration for each vehicle.
- Valid driver’s license for each driver. Mexico accepts licenses from your home country if they are in English or Spanish. They also accept International Driving Permits.
- Proof of Mexican auto insurance. NORRA insurance only covers liability for vehicles on the course. Vehicles driven while not on the course must to be insured by a policy from a Mexican insurance carrier, which can be purchased online from instant Mexican Insurance
- Be sure to bring some Mexican pesos. The best exchange rates are generally found in San Ysidro, California. In Mexico, check the rates at casas de cambio. If you use Mexican ATMs, you will incur high fees from both your bank and the Mexican bank.
- There are limits on carrying certain items across the border, including the number of spare tires and spare parts. Some items must be declared, such as if you bring more than $10,000 cash. Fuel in containers is not allowed. More information at the Welcome to Mexico webpage and in the upcoming NORRA border crossing Rally Alert.
What to Bring on the Vehicle
- ID and travel documents. (see Border Crossing)
- Vehicle registration
- Mexican insurance documents (see Insurance)
- Camping gear
- Clothing, drinking water, snacks, a lawn chair. Everything to ensure your comfort along the way
- Prescription medications should be in their original, labeled bottles
- Everything you normally bring when you go off road: a jack, tool kit, a full size spare tire, some replacement parts like an engine belt, and fuses.
- Mosquito repellent for the lower half of Baja
- First aid kit that includes bandages, some antihistamine, and aspirin for headaches. You can purchase first aid kits online, or at most pharmacies, or off road shops
- Cash for taco stops and "just in case"
- Do not leave valuables unattended in your vehicle
- Fuel in containers cannot be brought into Mexico
If you have any questions, be sure to contact NORRA for answers.
Rules & Classes
The general and vehicle rules documents for 2021 are linked below. There may be minor updates forthcoming.
The vehicle rules document includes a list of all vehicle categories (classes) with detailed descriptions.
Download the 2021 Vehicle Rules v 3.25 revised January 26, 2021 (PDF)
Download the General Rules v 3.3 (PDF)
Simplify your Savvy Safari logistics by purchasing our hospitality package. For only $700 you get the following reservations, good for one to four people. Note that only camping is available in Bay of L.A. and hotel rooms are very limited in Loreto.
|Friday||Ensenada||Hotel Villa Marina|
|Saturday||Ensenada||Hotel Villa Marina|
|Sunday||San Felipe||Hotel Marea Baja|
|Tuesday||Bahia de Los Angeles||camp|
|Wednesday||Loreto||Plaza Loreto or camp at the Desert Inn Hotel|
|Thursday||La Paz||The Marine Waterfront Hotel|
|Friday||San Jose del Cabo||Tropicana Inn Hotel|
|Saturday||San Jose del Cabo||Tropicana Inn Hotel|
Safari entrants are responsible for their own hotel arrangements, unless they have purchased a. If you book your own accomodations, NORRA is not reponsible for the booking and pricing practices of hotels and travel agents.
Bay of L.A.
NORRA will provide a special camping area for Safari entries. Camping is also available at the other towns between Ensenada and San José del Cabo.
Mexican 1000 Refund Policy
No refunds will be issued for entry fees. NORRA will issue a non-transferrable credit towards any NORRA race in 2021 or 2022.
Stella EVO III unit will be used for tracking and safety. NORRA will supply the unit, but you will need to supply the mount. Watch for an announcement with details on how to purchase it with the NORRA discount.
Maps, GPS and Road Books
Logistics maps, showing mileage and pit locations will be released a few weeks before the race. Full course maps, road books and GPS files will be released a day or two before onsite registration, to prevent pre-running. Printed road books and roll charts will be available upon request at registration.
The longest distance between fuel stations is 150 miles (240 kilometers).
Once you are signed up, and have taken care of the requirements, all you have to do is have fun! NORRA is entirely about having fun and creating memories that will last a lifetime. You will experience the most stunningly beautiful Baja scenery as you make your way down the length of the Baja Peninsula. After each day of racing, you will have enough free time to enjoy a different location in Baja with your new friends and family. Each overnight stop has its own unique charm and character to experience. All participants will be staying in the same towns, and attending the same events every night, so you’ll have a chance to hang out with your favorite racer, or share stories with a legendary Icon. The very first adventurers who set off to challenge the peninsula would throw a huge celebration afterwards to mark their accomplishment. That tradition continues to this day at the Mexican 1000. If you love racing, love to have fun, and love the food, drink and music of Baja, you must come down and experience “The Happiest Race On Earth,” the NORRA Mexican 1000.