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[*] posted on 11-25-2021 at 09:32 AM
1960's Baja 1000 Stories?


Would love to hear Nomads' Baja 1000 experiences from the 60's, be it racing, helping, spectating, etc. Wish I had seen this "golden age" but it predates me by decades.

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[*] posted on 11-25-2021 at 10:17 AM
Stories plus photos



Several chapters of this book are devoted to the early years. Great photos, familiar and not so familiar names abound.



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Fairly expensive on the used book market, least expensive I found $75.00

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[*] posted on 11-25-2021 at 12:30 PM


Great topic 100X! :light::light:

My first race to be at was the 1973 1000, when I was 16 (technically, the first Baja 1000 since before that year it was officially called the Mexican 1000).

Took some great photos of Parnelli Jones pulling up in the Big Oly Bronco, the day before the race. When you ask about the 70s, I will share.

Edit: The is a great Facebook group that has memorabilia on the early days of racing: Off Road Racing Memorabilia
https://www.facebook.com/groups/429251197651072/

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[*] posted on 11-25-2021 at 01:27 PM


Thank you David K!

Wish I had been there with you!




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[*] posted on 11-25-2021 at 01:53 PM
1975 Baja 500


Our first time ever to Baja was in support of the 500 that year.

We had been to the Riverside Mickey Thompson race in both 73 & 74 and followed up on an invitation to join the newly formed SCORE. A meeting at Mickey's shop (Long Beach?) where we met Mickey & Sal and we were literally "off to the races!"

They talked us into going to some place we obviously had never heard of - a spot up in the mountains - Mike's Sky Ranch where we flagged at a major intersection a little west of Mike's.

First time in Baja and we've loved it ever since. We worked SCORE checkpoints for the next 15 years.

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[*] posted on 11-25-2021 at 03:06 PM


Great one John M!

John and David, 70's count too!

Ah, the Riverside Roundup. We used to wear bright yellow shirts, pay admission, and sneak into Walker's pit, like we were part of his pit crew! Walker never fell for it, but he acted like he didn't notice us and always let us stay!

I guess that is how it all starts. Just wish I had made it to Baja for a race back then...




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[*] posted on 11-25-2021 at 05:07 PM
Parnelli Jones 1970s:


Quote: Originally posted by 100X  
Great one John M!

John and David, 70's count too!


Here comes Parnelli! PJ and his mechanic, Dick Russell, took Big Oly out for a short road test, the day before the 1973 Baja 1000. Parnelli told 16-year-old me, he was "warming-up the tires"!







Here's a photo of Parnelli and Dick Russell in an earlier race with Big Oly.


After a terrible accident at the 1974 Score Baja Internacional, Parnelli never raced Big Oly in Baja again. He switched to Chevy and had Dick build this screaming machine... I took this photo at Valle de la Trinidad during the 1975 Baja 1000:



PJ raced this a couple of years, then sold it to Frank 'Scoop' Vessels, who painted in black, and did quite well with it. The Vessels Stallion Farm is just a few miles from me, in Bonsall, CA. Scoop was killed in a plane crash, returning from a Baja race (as I recall).




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[*] posted on 11-25-2021 at 05:37 PM
Mickey Thompson (and Danny) 1975 Baja 1000 & Ivan Stewart, too


The vehicle is a Chevy LUV truck, with a 454 V-8, in the bed... using an Oldsmobile front wheel drive, on the rear axle!

Mickey always thought horsepower was key... I don't think he ever finished in this... just too damn fast!





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IVAN, before Toyota got him....

Three months before the the 1975 Baja 1000, there was a smaller race held in Santo Tomás by an organization called BRA (Baja Racing Association). The race was called the Baja 300. It started and ended at the El Palomar campground... Ivan Stewart was the Class 1 winner:





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[*] posted on 11-25-2021 at 08:15 PM


WOW, never seen the Chevy luv before, cool history.
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[*] posted on 11-25-2021 at 08:25 PM


David, fantastic!



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