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Discussion in 'Desert Racing' started by monstro, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. monstro

    monstro Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    We suffered (#105) a sever crash at the Baja 1000 in El Diablo dry lake bed RM 157 just before San Felipe Northern Baja. We hit a relic car that was on the course as fast as our car would go. Our driver was air lifted to the medical center and the co-driver left the wreckage still suffering from shock and a possible head injury. 3 of our chase trucks arrived shortly after the co-driver left and found the remains of our race car picked clean of the following parts:

    2 x 4.0 King coil carriers and 2 x bypass shocks
    2 x 2.5 king coil carriers and 1 x bypass shocks <Prep by Jake has the other!>
    1 x Kenwood 110 watt 2 way radio
    1 x Motec dash/data logger
    2 x Parker Pumpers
    1 x custom radiator with fan assy.
    2 x 5 point harnesses
    6 x Toyo 35x12.5x15 tires on 2 RG wheels and 4 Ultras
    2 x Optima batteries
    1 x carbon dash with electrical panel of circuit breakers and switches
    1 x carbon dash with gauges
    1 x Lowrance 4000 GPS
    1 x tool bag with tools and spares
    1 x 35 spline hollow axle
    2 x tow straps
    1 x motec ignition expander
    1 x modified floor jack
    6 x 90mmm Hella Zenon lamps
    1 x burns 4" exhaust
    1 x Pro-Am rear hub assy complete with 35 Spline CV, boot, etc

    The opportunists used Sawzall's and cut off items that would take too long to unbolt. Please spread the word to help prevent this from happening more. PM me with any information you may have, we are gathering descriptions of those in the area at the tiime. Any help is appreciated.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2006
  2. E&S Racing

    E&S Racing F.A.I.T.H.

    Nov 18, 2005
    Huntington Beach, CA
    That sucks bro. I hope everyone is ok and I hope you get atleast some of your stuff back..
  3. bcampbell04

    bcampbell04 Resident Almost Know-it-all

    Nov 28, 2005
    Lake Havasu, AZ
    i truely hope you get some of your stuff back. that just isn't right.
  4. Rory

    Rory Crayola Killer

    May 11, 2001
  5. Waldo

    Waldo Safehouse

    May 15, 2001
    Ladera Ranch, CA
    That's a terrible happening. We heard the incident on weatherman diablo and that PCI-Scott rolled up just after the accident and assisted (Thank God for these type of racers!). I prayed and will continue to do so for your boys.
  6. Paige

    Paige Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2001
    WOW that totally totally sux. This was a theft ridden Baja 1000 for all of us it seems. We listened to this incident unfold on Weatherman - but did not hear about the theft - that is horrible - if we see any of this stuff we'll let you know for sure - I have been monitoring e-bay for many of the items that were in our truck when it was stolen down there - you should also.
  7. Chop_DSR

    Chop_DSR Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2006
    Chula Vista, CA
    That sucks!! So many stolen cars and property this year. I work at a shop so I'll keep eyes and ears open for someone trying to sell or service the parts you're missing. I hope you recover some of your stuff bro.
  8. sickrick

    sickrick Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2005
    Minneapolis MN
    It really sucks to think that chasers may have been involved. I am guessing this may be the case as they had sawsalls and other tools and stripped it fairly fast.

    Rory, how did the guy you know, end up with the front shocks?
  9. racinteach

    racinteach Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2004
    North hollywood CA
    Actually I doubt it was any chaser. The locals down there have gotten very crafty...they monitor the radios and if they are close enough they manage to show up to a crash to see what they can find...get the word out to all the builders down south..also cehck out craigslist as well as ebay as mentioned before....

    chances are very slim you will ever see those but maybe everyone should start engraving or etching there team name or some sort of ID number on there hard parts...make it look like a facotry deal...then if we happen to see those parts on a locals or other car we will know...just an idea..
  10. K-fab

    K-fab Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2006
    Scottsdale, AZ
    We saw you go by 140 and then heard over Weatherman right after it happened. Pistol Pete nailed it - "they hit the abandoned car on the left."

    How's everyone doing? Hope they heal up quick.

    HAMSTEAK Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2005
    Ramona, CA
    Did anyone hear about the chase truck with racecar on trailer stolen out of estero beach?? Guess the driver left the keys in the truck and somebody decided to walk off with lots of equip.
  12. Big Oly TT

    Big Oly TT Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    san diego california
    Sure Did!!!!!!! I couldn't believe it!!! Estero Beach????!!! What the hell is going on?! I stayed there in my f250 with a Lance camper on it, at the far end of the lot, the night before contingency. There weren't that many teams/ 5th wheels/ toy boxes, people, etc. there. Not like the Baja 500, when it is packed.:mad:
  13. Big Oly TT

    Big Oly TT Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    san diego california
    I'm glad you guys are OK? I was working in BFG pit 1 when I heard it over the radio. It sounded really bad. I just can't believe that you rig got stripped!!?? I would never leave a race rig unattended in Mexico or even in the U.S. Did your co driver get hurt that bad where he had to get out of there to get medical attention? I was just curious about the detail of what went down. Also, I heard that somebody got killed? Chase truck incident? Motorcyclist? San Felipe area? Blew a turn?
  14. Racbaja

    Racbaja Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Imperial Ca
    I would have the Mexicali shops and racers keep an eye out. I will bet you money it was locals from the Mexicali area. Now don't get me wrong, there are a lot of great racers out of Mexicali but I have caught more than one local trying to steal stuff at CODE and other races.

    Ron Plunkett
    Plunkett Racing
  15. monstro

    monstro Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Thanks for all the concern, during my last converstations with Andres and Betim on the weekend, they are both still shook up. Andres was diagnosed with a severe concussion and a soft tissue leg injury. Betim, the co-driver, did not recieve any professional medical attention as he stated he was fine.

    Priority one when a crash takes place is to secure your driver and co-driver. In our case, the driver was air lifted by our rented chopper and the co-driver and photographer stayed with the car, as the co-driver was shook up but not injured.
    Priority 2 is to remove the wreckage from the course to safeguard the other participants, which is precisely what was done by our guys and with the help of Rory and their crew. Thank You Rory.
    Priority 3 is to secure the car until it is retrieved.

    These are important issues to discuss with your team prior to the race at your team meeting. Sometimes the things we take for granted are not 100% understood throughout the whole team...and it is really important everyone is there for the same reason and that they work together to accomplish the mission.
  16. DesertDoll

    DesertDoll Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Tustin, CA
    Rory, thanks for the help and the shirts. Both are greatly appreciated!

    It was actually the rear shock. The 1209 Prep by Jake Score-Lite car got smacked hard and ran up the back side by the K&N pro truck, completely bending the left rear shock. When they passed by the crash on the dry lake, they stopped to borrow a spare 14". :( We are really thankful to Mihal/Ruffo #105 for allowing us to use their shock. It got 1209 to Coco's, where they could change out the shock with a 16". It made for a rough 175 miles, but got 1209 to their pit crew. Thank you so much for your support, especially under the extreme circumstances.

    I am so sorry to hear about the fate of your car. I also hope your driver and passenger were okay after everything. From what the 1209 drivers tell me, it sounds like it was a hell of a hit. Better luck in 2007!
  17. Marty Fiolka

    Marty Fiolka Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2004
    San Clemente, CA

    In terms of the Jake Batulis car (which I was a co-driver for), my understanding is that Jake and his co-dog Cameron got hit by a Protruck before the lakebed, which bent the hell out of one of our rear Kings. In order to keep going, the guys talked the co-driver of the Class 1 car into lettting us use a front to fix the rear until we got to our pit at Cocos.

    We will, of course, return the barrowed shock with a heartfelt thank you.

    Marty Fiolka
  18. monstro

    monstro Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    It was Betim Berisha from Porsche Motorsport (now BBI) that gave you one of my shocks! Jake called me today and we'll meet up after Thanksgiving, I have your bent one here at the shop. I heard about the engine...bummer, go get em next year! Good to know that you were able to get a few more miles and that our shock helped out a little.
  19. Fourstroker

    Fourstroker Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2004
    Garden Grove, CA
    Huge props to your co-driver and crew for being willing to help out another racer when there hopes and dreams of a finish had just been shattered. Glad to hear that your drivers are gonna be OK and hope you get your stuff back.
  20. joerader

    joerader Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2005
    Pasadena, CA

    The above pic of #1209 went up LIVE to the web @MM 51, just before Tres Hermanos silt beds
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