I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't change Baja racing for the worse by making it easy so everyone can make it. You can make the sport safer with new technology's without loosing it's heritage.
And now you know why making your own new lines anywhere you like is not allowed in USA.....I totally disagree with your methods....anything to win is NOT OK....
Has the heat been worse in Baja for the 500, than it has been for Vegas to Reno, or back when SCORE had the Henderson Race in August ?
That year 500(06) my section was from Santa Cantarina-Coyote Ranch, it was for sure warm, I remember some one saying it was 115 in VT when I went through, I wore 2 camel backs and used up both, just after leaving Mike's I needed to pee but didn't have a piss tube and didn't want to fill my boot with pee so I held it to Coyote.Like the great Corky McMillin said "In Baja, if you are going to be dumb, you better be tough"
I commented in the Baja 500 thread about the course location because I think it is sad that the San Felipe area has been in the last two Baja 500's and there are plenty of other great racing areas to use that have not seen much use the last couple of years.
The heat is a pain in the butt. I think it was back in 06, but the heat at Rancho Coyote was 103, that it is just part of racing. If you can't handle it, go take up bowling. If you want to race in Baja you better be prepared for whatever they throw at you. What does suck is when the course is routed in a way that teams time out while waiting for others to climb a hill in front of them. I know many remember Simpson's in 05, I believe. And then in 07 they re-routed the course a couple of days ahead of the race south of Melling because it was going to be the same scenario. I think changes like that make sense.
I grew up going to Baja and listening to stores of Baja races as a kid. listening to all the stories I was fascinated by the adventures and by the struggles. Baja was a place that seemed like the wild west where the men that raced it were tough. It was a place that was harsh, and the races even harsher. I looked up to men like LR, Bruce O, Malcolm Smith and even my father. In my eyes they were the cowboys trying to tame the wild west.
It was racing where men tried to out smart each other and the Baja at the same time. The rules were a little loose, and that is what attracted the men that raced the Baja.
Now I sit here reading about guys complaining. The stories of adventure and the struggles are replaced by guys saying it's to hard, it's to hot, it's not safe, it's not fair.
In none of the stories I heard as a kid did my father or his buddy's ever talk about perfect weather, how safe it was, or how fair it was.
It's Baja!!! it's not perfect, it's not safe, it's definitely not fair, and it's not supposed to be. Stop trying to pussifie it and make it easy so everyone can do it. Because those stories will suck to tell to your kid
Well Said Wayne!