SONORA RALLY 2016
(previously known as Cortez Rally)
Last April, Dakar Rally veterans Darren Skilton and Scott Whitney brought their vast knowledge and unique experience to a brand new off-road rally running through the intoxicating and massive sand dunes of Mexico's Sonora desert; dunes that rival those in Africa and surpass those found in South America. Under the name Cortez Rally, they worked with the NORRA race organization to give racers an opportunity to experience a true cross-country navigation rally through widely varied and never before raced desert terrain. Next year, with a new name and an all new course, the 2016 Sonora Rally will again lead competitors through spectacular scenery and challenging navigation. The only rally of its kind in North America, Sonora Rally competitors must use true, Dakar-style “HP Navigation” (coming from the French phrase “Hors Piste” which means "offtrack"). Participants will be able to follow existing trails until arriving in the sand dune areas at which point they will have to navigate and finish via compass and expert Scott Whitney's road books. The four day event will include a new version of last years popular bivouac, created by AventuraTravel.com, giving competitors and crew a central location to gather and camp in the stunningly beautiful dunes. The bivouac will be complete with The Sonora Cantina, new camp style showers and bathroom facilities, and round the clock food availability.
Entry will include a half-day rally school, making this true adventure accessible to all levels. "The overwhelmingly positive response we received from last years competitors was all we needed to bring this rally back in 2016" says Skilton. "When you hear Dakar Rally ambassador and last year's Cortez champion, Quinn Cody say 'What an amazing adventure! From hundreds of miles of massive sand dunes in the Altar desert to crazy flooded dry lake beds in Baja, this was one of the most incredible events I have ever been a part of! Can't wait for next year!', you know you have created something special.
Watch SonoraRally.com and Sonora Rally Facebook page for coming details.
2016 REGISTRATION WILL OPEN OCTOBER 1st and will be LIMITED to 40 competitors
2016 SONORA RALLY Dates: April 3th - 7th, with registration and rally school on April 3rd, and racing 4th - 7th.