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    Eric Solorzano in Playboy

    Mad Genius Behind the Wheel: A Report from North America's Longest Continuous Off-Road Race | Playboy Mad Genius Behind the Wheel: A Report from North America's Longest Continuous Off-Road Race While covering the Baja 1000 in November of 2014, everyone I spoke with kept mentioning a driver...
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    Mint 400 book research - schwag list

    (I originally posted this in another RDC forum section, but I think this one is more appropriate) Hi all, I’m writing a book on the history of the Mint 400. Been working on it for over a year, mostly researching in libraries, newspaper archives and interviewing some of the earliest...
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    Mint 400 book research - schwag

    Hi all, I’m writing a book on the history of the Mint 400. Been working on it for over a year, mostly researching in libraries, newspaper archives and interviewing some of the earliest participants. One thing I’d like to do is create a comprehensive list of Mint 400 schwag from over the years...
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    Condor racing motorhome - what became of it?

    Hey all, I'm doing research on innovation in off road racing and am trying to track down the Condor motorhome, aka "Debbie", built by Bill Stroppe - Meet 'Debbie,' the off-road racing RV that conquered the Baja 1000 . Any idea whether it still exists? I heard a rumor it was in the Reno area. Jim
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    GPS tracker rental cost for the 1000?

    Hi all, Sorry for the bonehead question. I see SCORE lists SPOT as the official race tracker for the 1000, we have to rent them and they'll be installed on site. Anyone have any idea how much the rental fee is? I'm accustomed to the $375 I've paid to rent the IRC tracker in the past and just...
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    My Mint 400 story on Jalopnik

    We were the only Class 11 running the race (in Sportsman). The folks at Jalopnik asked me to do a quick write up. http://jalopnik.com/what-its-like-to-race-an-old-vw-beetle-and-get-run-ove-1553052864
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    VORRA announces 2013 schedule - new date for USA 500

    VORRA ANNOUNCES 2013 RACE SERIES THAT INCLUDES NEW DATE FOR USA 500 AND FOUR SHORT COURSE RACES AT PRAIRIE CITY Organizers are working on incentives to attract new racers and get past racers back on the track DECEMBER 14, 2012, Sparks, NV. - Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) -...
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    VORRA announces 2013 race schedule, more short course, new date for USA 500

    Hi all, Valley Off Road Racing Association is announcing its 2013 race schedule today. Here's the press release: VORRA ANNOUNCES 2013 RACE SERIES THAT INCLUDES NEW DATE FOR USA 500 AND FOUR SHORT COURSE RACES AT PRAIRIE CITY Organizers are working on incentives to attract new racers and get...
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    VORRA short course double header Oct. 26-28

    Hey all, Here's the press release for VORRA's season finale short course double header at Prairie City Oct. 26-28. VORRA RACING ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES SHORT COURSE DOUBLE-HEADER HALLOWEEN WEEKEND OCT. 26-28 AT PRAIRIE CITY SVRA October XX, 2012, Sparks, Nev. -- Valley Off Road Racing...
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    Movie production crew asking for help

    Hey all, Jim Graham here with Desert Dingo Racing. I have some friends in Southern California (Malibu area) shooting a very low budget movie.They're looking to get access to one ATV and two UTVs for one month beginning Sept. 17. The ATV would appear in the film. The UTVs would be used to...
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    USA 500 this weekend in Fernley - new "rabbit" purse announced

    VORRA & ORMHOF TEAM UP WITH $1,000 "RABBIT" PRIZE FOR USA 500 TEAM WITH FASTEST HANDICAPPED TIME July 11, 2012, Sparks, Nev. - Valley Off Road Racing Association director Wes Harbor announced today that VORRA has again teamed with the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) and Sly Daddy...
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    VORRA seeks volunteers for July 14 USA 500 outside Reno

    Hey all, VORRA is looking for volunteers to staff road crossings & checkpoints at this coming weekend's USA 500 outside Reno. Helpers will get t-shirts and Walmart gift cards. If interested, email [email protected] or call Jenny at 775.843.2223. Thanks! Jim
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    Fly VORRA USA 500 course in Google Earth

    Hey all, We've got VORRA's USA 500 coming up July 13-15. I took the just-released GPS file and reformatted it to "fly" the course in Google Earth. If you want to see what the course looks like, follow these instructions. 1. Download the USA 500 KML file. 2. Load it in Google Earth. 3...
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    VORRA USA 500 July 13-15: Race details & discount

    VORRA RACING ASSOCIATION RELEASES MAP AND EVENT SCHEDULE FOR SECOND ANNUAL USA 500 OFF ROAD RACE JULY 13-15 The “Original” Northern Nevada 500 Mile Race Returns to the “Home of the Brave” June 30, 2012 (Sparks, NV) – The Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) today announced details of...
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    New trophy for VORRA USA 500 Bug Invasion

    Geoff Curtis of Five Axis (who is building his own Class 11) put this trophy together for the third running of the Bug Invasion at VORRA's USA 500 in mid-July. I had to show it off. For those of you who don't know, each year the Class 11s running VORRA pick a random race and declare it a Bug...
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    Teaser video for a TV project we're pitching

    The Project Baja guys are video wizards. We're talking with folks about a show following three Class 11 teams. Let me know what you think.
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    All-women Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles going on now

    I figure all the focus is on the Mint, but if you're a morning person like me, you can catch the all-women's Gazelles race in Morocco going on for the next few days. There are two U.S. teams competing. I've got a write up with links to their websites and the live tracking here...
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    VORRA revises 2012 race schedule, mandates HANS-type devices for 2013

    Hey all, Here's a press release for VORRA I'm sending out right now. VORRA ANNOUNCES REVISED RACE SCHEDULE FOR 2012 AND WILL REQUIRE HEAD & NECK RESTRAINTS STARTING 2013 December 15, 2011, Sparks, NV. -- Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) today announced a revised race schedule...
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    Live tracking the Baja 1000

    Hey all, I've started collecting sources providing live updates for the Baja 1000. If you know anyone headed down who will be tweeting, blogging, Facebooking or using SPOT, Telogis or mental telepathy to relay their location or what they're having for lunch, I'd be happy to add them. Here's...
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