April 18, 2017. (Agua Dulce, Calif.): Last week, registered teams were asked to provide information regarding the chase trucks that would be providing assistance to them during the race. This request originated from the Mexican Customs Department and was needed in a very timely manner. NORRA was delighted to see that more than 250 chase vehicles were registered online as requested in only two days. The information collected was submitted earlier this week and as a result, positive modifications have been made to the suggested border crossing protocol. We have been extended an opportunity and convenience that will drastically improve the crossing vehicles on their way to NORRA registration. Please follow the rules below.

All teams MUST CROSS AT SAN YSIDRO (El Chaparral border) NOT OTAY MESA as previously stated. Border crossing will be open 24 hours.

All race teams and support vehicles should use the rightmost lane (Bus Lane Crossing).

All race teams and support vehicles should have a NORRA sticker on the windshield or visible, printed, NORRA logo on the dashboard.

Mr. Jesus Mandujano from 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).

All spare parts 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 4 spare tires per race or chase truck are allowed maximum duty free. All spare tires must match race car tires and must be mounted on wheels. Any additional spare tires teams must pay taxes of 16% of tire value.

Finally, 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 Border duty free on its own.

No gas or fuel of any kind allowed thru the border.



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, as well as modern desert Rally Raid cars, pre-runner trucks, buggies and motorcycles.

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.

The 2017 NORRA Mexican 1000 is supported by Yokohama, Method Race Wheels, Walker Evans Racing, South Point Hotel Casino, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, Multitool USA, Mastercraft/Impact Safety, P.C.I. Race Radios, Baja United Group and many more.