I'm racing my buggy in Sportsman class too. Racing Sportsman can be just as competitive and fun as a pro class depending on how you approach it. My car is a 1985 w a Type 4 3-liter and wouldn't fit into any other class except Class 1. Racing in Sportsman is cool and I'm freaking stoked too. Can't wait...Last year I blew a motor and got a DNF. Got to redeem ourselves!
How does this compare to the baja 500? Is the terrain about the same? Less spectator issues? ie: booby traps and course deviation. How hot is it during this time? Is it pretty much the same course every year? How remote is it?