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THIS is off-road racing!

The final race of the year for CODE began just south of the border in Mexicali, Baja California and ran to the seaside town of San Felipe. From high speed WFO sections, scenic washed out canyons, pounding miles of whoops, to the sands of the beaches of the Sea of Cortez, this race has a little bit of everything.

Hard core race fans gather to watch no matter who it is.

But the real story here is what it’s all about. In the past, we’ve done race reports on CODE races, but the reason we continually come back to this small south of the border series is because of what it represents. CODE is grass roots, family oriented, racer-friendly, super competitive, and hard-core off road racing in its purest form. It is what off-road racing was 25 years ago in the U.S.

People get together, race, have fun and enjoy it.

There’s no pretentious attitudes, controversy or hating. No BLM hassles or restrictions, no Mexicans against Americans, no brown verses white or whatever bullshit is going on over the internet these past few weeks; only good racing and good friends. In fact, when asked, no one there gave a second thought about what happened with the SCORE results, they just want to race.

Arturo Honold ran an impressive pace but ended up 4th in class 12

Our longing for our sport to become more acceptable to the masses has taken its soul and degraded it. Now the hype of sponsor plugging, hashtaging, instant gratification Facebook posts and Monday morning quarterbacking has overshadowed what this is all about. Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for all of that, but it’s not what keeps people coming out. It doesn’t breed hardcore fans that attend races. It’s not racing.

We need more series like CODE, more of the spirit and camaraderie, more people camping out at the track, more family’s bringing their kids, more barbeques, more friends building cars in their garages and going racing. This is off-road racing!

Families camp, bbq and wait to watch the racers go by.

CODE is pure, fun, and unique and that is what will sustain this sport for generations. When racers like the Gus and Tavo Vildosola, Roger Norman, Juan Carlos Lopez, Steven Eugenio, Gary Magness, Adam Pfankuch, Cody Robinson, Roberto Romo, and Chad Ragland to name a few, talk about how fun it is at a CODE race or race CODE regularly, well that tells you something.

The finish line was full as each racer came in and joined the celebration that continued throughout the night.

So if you haven’t tried it yet, get out there and race CODE! You’ll thank me later.

Words and photos by Art Eugenio

43 JAVIER ROBLES/GUSTAVO HERNANDEZ
115 ROBERTO ROMO / FCO PEREZ/RAMON PEREZ/JUAN C AGUIRRE
28 MANUEL ROBLES/RAMIRO VQUEZ/FDO LEYVA/MANUEL ROBLES JR/ROGELIO GOMEZ/GERARDO MORENO
7 ISMAEL TAMAYO
35 FEDERICO REGLA
18 JUAN CARLOS LOPEZ / CARLOS APDALY LOPEZ
88 ARMANDO/ALLEN BRAVO
5 RICK SANCHEZ
CLASE 10
1004 JAVIER BUELNA JR/LUIVAN VOELKER/HUMBERTO MANCILLA/GPE MARTINEZ
CLASE 12
1204 ALEX /LEO NAVARRETE/ROMAN CEJA/JORGE JMNEZ
1200 L BARRAGAN/L BARRAGAN JR/DAVID GARCIA/EDGAR YEPIS
1205 JORGE RUVALCABA/BENJAMIN DE LA HERRAN/EUGENIO GAMA/FELIX GONZALEZ
1202 ALBERTO MEDINA/ALEX ZOZAYA/ARTURO HONOLD
1203 JESUS DE LA TORRE
CLASE 8
801 IVAN RIVERA/ROMEO RIVERA/LUIS EGURROLA/ERNESTO VALDEZ
CLASE 1/2-1600
1603 JUAN MAYORAL/ROBERTO ROMO/ TEO MALDONADO/JESSE HERNANDEZ
1602 RODRIGO ELORDUY/FERNANDO MAYORAL/MIGUEL GARCIA/VICTOR MANCILLA
1610 KEVIN PRICE/ BRIAN TALL
1647 RENATO VILLALPANDO/RODRIGO VILLALPANDO
1601 JESUS VELEZ
1649 MIGUEL CORTEZ
1600 RENE/ISAAC SANTACRUZ/ROGELIO RUIZ
1609 SALVADOR CERVANTES
1606 CARLOS PARAMO/ ALBERTO ARIZAGA
CLASE 5
519 MIGUEL VERDUZCO/GILBERTO VERDUZCO/GERARDO VERDUZCO/ARMANDO CASTRO
500 JOSE LUIS LOPEZ/CHARLI LOPEZ/ARNOLDO GUTIERREZ/ADRIAN RODRIGUEZ
517 MARCOS MTZ/JORGE MTZ/JAIME SERRANO/JUAN C ARMENTA
CLASE 7
701 ALBERTO GONZALES/GUILLERMO BERENGUER/CUITLAHUAC ESPINOZA/MARIO MORALES
704 AARON CELICEO/ROBERT RODRIGUEZ/SIMON PEREZ
703 JAVIER MANZO/LEO MANZO/ISMAEL GAXIOLA/VICTOR DOMINGUEZ
719 ROLANDO GUTIERREZ
702 ARTURO ALVAREZ
708 CARLOS NEVARES
CLASE 7S
720 CARLOS DIAZ/MANUEL LOPEZ/JOSE L LEON/FCO NAJAR
731 MIRIAM DURAZO/ARTURO DURAZO/RAMSES MURILLO/HUGO AGUNDEZ
722 DAVID STA CRUZ/TONY GUADARRAMA/MARC ESPINOZA
749 ISMAEL REYES
735 GUSTAVO SALAZAR
CLASE 5-1600
554 MARIO REYNOSO/FCO REYNOSO/DANIEL ESPARZA/JAVIER GARCIA
598 MIKEY AGUILAR/MEMO MALPICA/GPE MONTES/STEVEN BAÑUELOS
599 EMILIO SALCIDO/EMILIO SALCIDO JR/DANIEL LEON/ MIGUEL MORENO
550 JOAQUIN RODRIGUEZ JR
552 ERROLD VILLA / OMAR DIPP
553 CARLOS ADRIAN RIVERA MONTOYA
CLASE 9
900 ERIC MULLER/ERIKA MULLER/MARCO ALCALA/ANTONIO LOPEZ
916 LUIS CARAPIA/UGO AVILA/FCO SOTO/DANIELCAUDILL
911 JOSE C. AGUIRRE/GERARDO AGUIÑIGA/CARLOS MIRANDA
CLASE 11
1144 DANIEL REYES/HECTOR ORTEGA/LUIS MURRIETA/CESAR HERNANDEZ
1147 CESAR FISCAL SR/PAOLA MORALES/POLETTE MORALES/CARLOS SUAREZ
1145 LOLIS CAZARES/WENDY CAZAREZ/HECTOR CAZAREZ/WALTER CAZAREZ
1146 JAVIER SILVA GUSTAVO GARAIZAR
CLASE 14
1448 BENJAMIN LOPEZ B./ BENJAMIN LOPEZ JR/DANIEL ONTIVEROS/RODOLFO LOPEZ
1407 RICARDO CORVERA/JAHRIM CORVERA
1404 MARIANO BRASSEA/PIT MORQUECHO/PIETRO BRASSEA/DAVID MORQUECHO
1411 CARLOS/JAN/ADRIAN INGRAM/CARLOS APODACA
1401 ALFREDO LUGO/ENRIQUE PEÑA/MARCOS RIOS/JESUS CORDERO
1444 FABIAN HDEZ/ALONSO HDEZ/J LOPEZ/A GRANILLO JR
1440 CARLOS BRAVO
1402 MANUEL DELGADO/MARCOS VALENZUELA/YOANA DELGADO
1410 FRANCISCO VILLA
1421 HECTOR PIMENTEL
1413 JOSE MARTINEZ
1414 ROBERTO RABAGO
1408 ARTURO GUTIERREZ
1445 JOEL SUAREZ/SADY SUAREZ
1409 JOSE LUIS SORIANO
1443 JULIO LOZANO / JOSHUA MORQUECHO
CLASE 15
1527 DANIEL HERNANDEZ/GYAN ESPINOZA/DANNY SANCHEZ/ARTURO RAMIREZ
1502 PATRICK LAM/PATRICK LAM JR/CESAR CATILLO/VICTOR CASTILLO
1504 MARIO GASTELUM/RAFAEL GARCIA/ABEL HURTADO
1506 RAUL MARQUEZ/ LUIS/EL CHONCHI/RDGZ
1501 JAVIER ROCHIN/DACID VALENZUELA/ALAN DE LA ROSA
1548 ZERAUS SUAREZ/CARLOS¨EL CORA¨ CHAVEZ
1546 GENARO MUÑOZ
CLASE 18
1847 JORGE RIVAS//JORGE RIVAS JR/ADOLFO CASTAÑEDA/LUIS BELTRAN
1802 ANDY RAMIREZ/GUSTAVO ROJAS/IVAN GUADIANA/RICARDO MARTINEZ
1804 JOSE LEON/JORGE PAEZ/VICTOR ARCE/FDO ROMERO
1801 MARIO LEAL CANCHOLA
1849 OMAR RUCOBO
1803 FRANCISCO J JIMENEZ/JUAN C ALCARA/LUIS QUINTERO
CLASE 1850
1859 HECTOR PEREZ/DANIEL PEREZ
1851 JESUS MIRANDA/MONICA SANTIAGO/RICARDO NUÑEZ/MARIO MORENO/PEDRO GUTIERREZ
1852 SERGIO ROMO/MIGUEL ANGEL MUSSO
1854 ARTURO MONTAÑO/CARLOS PERFECTO/RAUL SUAREZ/J GOMEZ
1898 JUAN C RUBIO/MANUEL RUBIO/SERGIO A ALVAREZ
1899 ISMAEL REYES JR

Comments

3 comments on “THIS is off-road racing!
  1. bajaduck says:

    Baja 1000 became just about sponsors, racers don’t care anymore on other racers.

    • geo jackson says:

      The 1000 is still a great race, co mucho sponsors or not, It’s too bad Vildosola got penalized 90 minutes, for on the fly wrenching….bottom line,….they got to La Paz 1st! They were the fastest. CODE of Mexicali, AND RECORD out of Ensenada are defineately the races to go to for fun, the rules are very easy to live by, no IRC/recorder required, low entry fees, easy to chase/pit, no annual inspections on your car, (if it breaks, you learn to inspect it your self). It’s fun and survival all in one, and the friendship that is at every race you just dodn’t find in the ENE/US.

  2. Mark Stacy says:

    Art, Your article say’s it all about the direction of off road racing. Bring the fun back. I’m racing in the Record race to racers not attitudes…Thanks again…Mark.

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