Are you interested in rocks? Ultra4 has a North series that races in Canada, Montana, and next year will have South Dakota and Crandon. Ties into KOH and our National in Reno.
A stock 85 Toyota won the stock class at KOH 2 years ago.
Rocks arent for everyone, but the racing is hard to beat.
Buy dont build. Learn from it while you modify it to your tastes and fix all the crappy things the last guy did that you didnt see when you inspected it. Race it. Sell it. Start your new 6 month build w $50 budget. Spend 3 years and $95k. Wish you would have bought a really nice truck for $70k and been racing the last three years. Take on a partner to help finish your build. Split up partnership. Sell remains for $17k. Buy used but well sorted and carefully inspected race utv w ton of spares for $28k. Go race and have a lot of fun 5 years from now. Or just do the last part first.
You might want to consider sportsman AKA 1450. You can use a toyota platform and then basically go nuts on however you wanna make the truck since outside of the safety requirements there is really only two rules. Steel cab and working doors.
The unfortunate part is if BAJA is your dream there aren't may who race in that class so you don't really have competition. But there is the "You vs. Baja" contest which is a gigantic challenge in itself. Fundamentally that is true with any desert race though. Its just bigger when its Baja.
Keeping it a Toyota would be great since thats your market and a Baja style Toyota will be cool to park in front of your shop like a billboard.
Don't discount Daves Ultra 4 races. His events are top notch.
in MdR, 1450 was a sportsman cheeper class, i would race That class in non jeepspeed series races, is it still ??1478,hmmmm, or was it 1479?, jeez , memorie is slipping, better get to next check point before they close,
bet you get some, hmmm, ' insightful answers' on that question...., lets just say top 1450 trucks of today are dang near trophy trucks of not to long ago, AND they are very fast for any new desert guy, work your way up as you pour the cubic box of $ into it as you get to know the truck& get more skills
1985 Leduc Built Bronco- Linked, 40 spline full floater, crossover steering, full cage, BFG Baja 37s on KMC Beadlocks, 3Legend has it Kurt Leduc built about a dozen of these. I always see a few at the San Felipe race. Previous owner had it built in 2005, used it very little. I bought it in 2010 and put about 6600 miles...click to see more of this listingclassifieds.race-dezert.com
Doooooo eeeeetttttt! Wonder if the cage is tagged to grandfather it in?
All the components is what makes a good car, this one has all the right parts that dont break, , rule number one, buy someone elses labor, & investment in the parts, its about 25 cents on the dollar( im being generous),,,2 cans of undercoat included. Clean up is easy, buying the expensive parts (full floater, King Shocks, Bead locks, radio) and fabricating the front and rear suspension is the hard part.
Come on Coleman, help me out here