Social media class 8 cup of champions

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Today is a day that will be remembered in the annuals of time! It will go down to be recognized possibly as important as 1969 is to the Baja 1000. Today we are surpassing the Martini Brother in marketing vision and genius. Today social media will never be the same. Today is the unveiling of a new class of racing. It’s to big to be called the RDC cup (although Klaus would have probably allow it. But until he has gives legal authorization to use the copy rites, it’s the “Social Media Cup”). (Copy rights pending).

Today a Man, capital “M”an, (not a person, as defined by political correctness) is endeavoring to climb the mountain of greatness to achieve the spoils of fame, fortune and glory only to be found on the platform of social media. Specifically RDC, or any any other form of social media that can rebroadcast this BS. Today is the unveiling of the “Social Media Cup” (see pictures).

The championship arose form the keen eye of a group of off-road racers that had a drinking team. The team suffered from the restricted social climate post the “rona”. In short the “rona” harshed the gig of the “band” so to speak and they needed to go drinking in Mexico. I mean racing. Racing in Mexico. Plus, the team had a horrible record of finishing races. There heart was strong but the flesh was weak. This led to DNF’in every race in the past five years for one reason or another (no need to point finger or blame the driver).

With the foundation laid, here is the challenge.

It’s to FINISH!

Finish the Record, “King Racing Shocks” Ensenada to San Filipe 250 next Saturday. The winner of the race or finisher of the race, after detailing the daily trials, tribulations, joys and fears of prerunning and racing for one weeks time on RDC beginning Monday, will be the Social Media Champion of 2021 (that circa tm thing here). So fallow along from your plush state side seating as a truly heroic Man travels to Baja to battle the treacherous challenges that awaits him and in the week to fallow.

Please note (see picture) the prestige $25 dollar trophy I have purchased to shamelessly self promote the event.

Finally, @jon coleman is not allow to enter the event. He has way to much time and influence over social media to sway the outcome of the event. This contest is rigged for a certain out come. Like the 2020 elections.

Finally, My truck needs to win a trophy so I tell everyone it’s a trophy truck once it has won a trophy.

Stay tuned for the updates of events as they unfold from Baja next week. And until then…
 

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Today I endured the treacherous hazard of crossing the boarder. I made it to Casa da Tury. Safe at last. But some way or another the 64 oz container of “shock tune” got a major dent put in it in a radically short amount of time. The pre run begins tonight. God I hope I am up to it.

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I call it “custom shock tune”. It mostly bourbon. And other “things”. I don’t understand it. I was full a few hours ago.

The crew. One good group of guys.
 

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Pre run is going well. About the leave Valle T this morning
Truck is doing well. Been turning a few scews on the by pass’s but other then that the tool have not come out.

The course to here is one tight mo’fo! I think it was laid by a bunch of buggy dorks riding 250’s. It’s tight to Valley T. It’s mostly new course.

First pic is popping out at Km 76. The second pic is the starting order.
 

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The trucks running so well it’s pulling streaks and contrails through the desert!
 

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Awesome................
some history on your truck pls......... really bitchen
 

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It was Dave Ashley’s personal prerunner years ago. I bought it in about 06 when they pulled the plug at enduro racing. It has gone through a few rebuilds or incarnations over the years. I recaged/rebuilt it to 2” 4130 from the frame up in 16. It has a 540 big block that burns pump gas it has a read case sh 400 trans and will do a 130+ on the hiway. Here is a pic of it from about 87 when it was da shat! Story Scoop Vessels has a lot of miles in this with Dave. They use to be prerun buddies. It’s has a lot of Mexico miles on!
 

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So no bullshat! Yesterday after perrunning from Valley T to zoo road my 3 buddies rode up to us on bikes at zoo. I thought they were pulling my leg but they asked, “did you see the military chasing you?” I said what your joking! They swear there were not joking. They told me they were about 15 minutes behind me as the course came close the intersection of hwy 5&3. I guess the military saw my old 90’s Ford hauling ass through the desert with the fenders flopping and they figured it was a Mexican fisherman running the hwy blockade. So when my buddies road up there were 2 hummers and 6 guys in green with there rifles blocking the course and running to them. They asked “who is in your group” they said “it’s only us”. The military guys were on the phone trying to corordinate a blockade for for the white fisherman’s truck. That’s when they realized there were after me and told them the old white truck was with them. They said, “no, it a Mexican fisherman wanted for steeling vaquita! He is was in old 90’s Ford with the fenders flapping. My buddies told them no. There with us. Then they got back on the cell phones and called off the chase. Haha lols. I never was them.

But yesterday by the time I drove the truck back on the highway from SF to Ensenada it tore the bushing out on the tail shaft of the rear housing. But alas, I found parts today. It will be done today. Wh I get back I am going to have Culhane go through it and put a billet tail housing in with a bearing. It was probably the 122 on the hiway that killed it.

Other than that it’s all going well down here. All I need now is a green flag to clinch the points lead and secure the Social Media Cup of Champions!

Pete’s camp is always good!
 

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Well, through tech at 10am. First and second car through. Got all the running around done & over. Chilling by the pool at the San Nicholas. Hydrating for tomorrow. Hitting the h2o hard. Only one cerveza for visual reference only.

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So my buddy Pepe rides the preran on a bike with us. Goes back home to the neighbors across cross from casa de tury and thrash fabs and preps all day Thursday and today to get his class 12 back together for the race. Mind you it’s been apart and under a tarp for 2 years in a back yard. At 9:30 pm he dives it across town to the San Nicolas to meet me in the parking lot so I can charge his shocks with nitrogen. Now he is going to take the car out the dirt road to Ojos Negros to test it. Crazy. We are all turing our phones off now. I am not answering the next call from him.







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Nice work! Did you get your 'trophy'?
 

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From the heights of success that are only appreciated from reaching further then thought possible comes the greatest emotion in victory. We have all heard that it is lonely at the top. And indeed it is as Social Media Cup of Champions winner! I would like to quote Winston Churchill, who like Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln were men placed on earth by God at a specific time to change the world. Mr. Churchill once said, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts."

Ok, it's true but I will come back to ground level and take my head out of the clouds. In all seriousness though I had a blast! I finished! I did what I set out to do. I even got a little more than I expected. I won my class with five trucks in it thus clinching fame and fortune.

The first thing I have to say is a great big "thank you" to my team and there wives. I could not have done this with out there help. And they could not not do this with out the support of there wives. Form left to right we have Jeremy, me, Tury and Abel. Abel is the one that took me to Mexico for the first time to with my truck six years ago. He introduced me to racing in Mexico. I had come down for years as a kid with my parents. And then I chased some for Enduro racing (rip), But Abel showed me and raised my baja IQ. With out him and his twin brother Art, I would not be doing Baja. BIG thanks you's to the Velazco's.
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Tury and I at the start suiting up. Why is that driver suite so tight?

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The next day after the race sight seeing 20 miles south of SF day dreaming of a off the grid house!

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The race is just over and rehydrating with Indio's on the patio and eating Pizza.

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The solution to the tail shaft issue. Parts are in the mail as I write this.

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I officially drive a Trophy Truck! Here's the proof! It has a trophy on the hood. Don't get hung up on the fact that I bought it for $25.00 bucks before the race. I earned it. After all no one took it from me.

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Getting it on in the whoops heading to three polls.

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Back home safe in the shop with its trophy adorning the hood as a crown of victory!

The race went well. I wanted to see the limits of the trucks capability. I found it too. I bent the cross over link between the rockers in the steering. This toed the tires out some in the front. I did this around rm 50 after KM 77 and before Valle T. Its a known spot where the course goes around a ranch corral. At the end of the corral, there's a good sized wash out gully just before getting on a graded road. Well, I was in the dust and in race mode and totally forgot about the gully. I slammed it harder then anything ever before at probably 40. chunks of dirt flew and it shocked the hell out of us! Once we came back down, I could feel the steering was not quite right. I back it off some and poked along for about 5 miles waiting for it to totally brake. It didn't let go I start getting back on it some. Then as we came down the goat trial to V.T. I cut a rear tire on a rock. A mile later I pulled into a pit just ff the hiway and some nice guys ran over with a jack and impact and handled the tire with the Tury who was riding with me. This gave me some time to get out and look the steering over. I fully expected to see a frame horn bent and twisted causing the alignment issues. I was relived to see that all was good and only the cross over link was tweaked from compression. After this we did our scheduled pit in San Matis. Swapped the tire and took two dump cans. Jeremy got in here. It was his first race. He did great. I tried to take it easy and I did some, trying not bend the front end more and it held up. My thoughts on the steering is to replace the tube with the same size. I like the idea of having a fusible link that is not a terminal failure if it breaks. The last thought about it is that shocks need more work. Man SF is rough! I have never been shaken in the truck so much in my life.
 

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