September 15, 2018 (Agua Dulce, Calif.): 

The SAVVY Safari Class Is Coming To NORRA

Now everyone can take part in the most fun and popular events on the Baja Mexico Peninsula. NORRA has formed a safari class that will travel with both the Mexican 1000, and the NORRA 500. If you have ever wanted to explore Baja during a sanctioned event with a fun group people, the SAVVY Safari Class is for you. The Baja Peninsula is unmatched in its beauty, diverse landscapes, and delicious food and beverages. It has become a foodie paradise and the local wineries around Ensenada are internationally acclaimed. Participating in the SAVVY Safari Class will turn you into a Baja traveler in no time, and you’ll have a ton of fun doing it. The SAVVY Safari Class will not be a speed contest, but you will have challenges each day that include a scavenger hunt sponsored by 4Wheel Parts. Each vehicle will be equipped with a tracking device, and NORRA will have a lead and a sweep vehicle so that everyone knows where to go and gets to the finish safely.

Gerald Lee of SAVVY Off ROAD has good reasons to sponsor the SAVVY Safari Class. He has competed in Baja for years. “Racing Baja is fun, but it’s demanding. The SAVVY Safari Class lets you relax, enjoy, and understand why so many of us spend time in Baja. Once you experience Baja with NORRA, you will be hooked like I am.”For those of you who might be unfamiliar with NORRA, (National Off-Road Racing Association), they are the sanctioning body that organized the first Baja race back in 1967. They were offroad enthusiasts like you who loved the adventure, scenery, and culture of Baja. There were unofficial runs down the peninsula by racers taking place to establish the quickest time to LaPaz. NORRA made it official by sanctioning a race, and offroad racing in Baja was born. Over the many years, the race was taken over by the Mexican Government, and then by another sanctioning body, but in 2009, NORRA returned to put on the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally, which has exploded in popularity ever since. In 2019, the NORRA 500 has been added to the schedule and the SAVVY Safari class will run at both events. You can be one of the first to start a new tradition; the SAVVY Safari Class.

The SAVVY Safari Class participants will run their events on much of the same course but not while the race cars are competing. They will take part in all the same opening festivities, attend Day 1 registration, technical inspection, and the Welcome Fiesta in Ensenada. They will also enjoy the same Hotel and Food Package so that everyone is eating and resting together with the same NORRA standards of hospitality. The best part of each day is reflecting back on the great experiences you had with fellow participants who run the gamut from regular Joes, to celebrities, Icons, and professional racers. During the YOKOHAMA NORRA Mexican 1000, SAVVY Safari participants will travel the day before, and after an entire week will arrive ahead of the racing competitors. Everyone will be at one of the highlights of the entire event; the finish line celebrations, and the awards ceremony. In the earliest days, competitors would toast their adventure with a shot of tequila in a dusty cantina. Now the awards ceremony is held on the beach with great food, drinks, fun and fanfare. The evening is topped off with a fireworks display over the ocean.

If you would like to take part in the “Happiest Race On Earth!”, you’re in luck! Early registration starts September 15th. The first NORRA event of 2019 will be the YOKOHAMA NORRA Mexican 1000 Presented by METHOD Race Wheels. It takes place Fri. April 26th through Fri. May 3rd. There is plenty of time to make plans to attend, but please do take full advantage of early registration. Details about NORRA, their events, the history of the NORRA Mexican 1000, and answers to any questions you may have are all on the official NORRA website found here: https://norra.com NORRA events honor the past, and celebrate the future. You will have amazing experiences, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Make plans to attend today!

(Mexican 1000 & NORRA 500)

• Pre-Registration opens Friday 9/15/18 at noon (PST).
• $500 non-refundable deposit.
• Monthly payment plan options.
• Mexican 1000 non-Safari classes: when your entry is paid in full – you will be able to purchase your room in Bay of LA until they are sold out.
(Please see Accommodation Notes at end of press release)
Want To Get A Head Start?
Login to your existing NORRA account, or create a new NORRA account at www.norra.com/member/member_home.php. Have picture images (.jpg, .bmp, or .png) of your Driver’s License, Passport and Health Insurance Card ready to upload to your profile. Have your race radio frequency handy as well as your emergency contact phone numbers.


Determine what category your vehicle should be competing in (refer to 2019 rules at www.norra.com/rules_current.php). Update and complete the ‘My Profile’ and ‘My Vehicle’ sections of your account. Once, pre-registration opens, it should be as easy as selecting your vehicle and choosing your preference of payment option. Upon completion of registration you will receive a confirmation email and see your entry online.

Questions? – Contact NORRA: www.norra.com/contact.php
NEW! The 2019 NORRA 500

The bigger and better part of the “Happiest Race On Earth!” will be a second event that will be held October 10th-13th of 2019; the NORRA 500! Based in Ensenada, Baja California Mexico, the event will be family-friendly event that will offer two separate and concurrent 250 mile race courses starting and finishing in front of the Riviera Convention Center. Cars and Bikes will be separated appropriately and then switch courses on the second race day.  Each evening the NORRA team will offer locally inspired hospitality starting with happy hour events and concluding with dinner. The event’s unique format is intended reduce complicated planning and logistics and create an event that racers new and old can easily manage. If you have always wanted to bring your family and friends to see what NORRA is all about, or want to get your feet wet racing in Baja, this is the event for you. On Sunday, there will be an amazing Awards Ceremony held to NORRA party standards that will include brunch at a great location to be announced.

Registration opens for the 500 on September 15th at noon (PST) as well with only a $500 required deposit.  

The 2019 NORRA 500:
Ensenada to Ensenada

October 10thTech and Registration

October 11th – Race Day 1

October 12th – Race Day 2

October 13th – Awards Ceremony

The 2019 YOKOHAMA NORRA Mexican 1000:
Ensenada to San Jose Del Cabo

Friday, April 26th
Tech and Registration (Day 1)

Saturday, April 27th
Tech and Registration (Day 2)

Sunday, April 28th
Race Day 1

Monday, April 29th
Race Day 2

Tuesday, April 30th
Race Day 3

Wednesday, May 1st
Race Day 4

Thursday, May 2nd
Race Day 5

Friday, May 3rd

ACCOMMODATIONS NOTES: One thing to keep in mind when making the Mexican 1000 peninsula run is that there are a shortage of hotel rooms at some of the towns we visit. Unfortunately, we cannot increase the existing infrastructure of Baja for the one night a year that we pass through. For racers new to NORRA, Bahia de Los Angeles is a very small town with very limited resources. The organization does reserve rooms ONLY in this location in an effort to limit one room per team until sold out. From there, racers can purchase a concrete pit pad from the NORRA online store or create their own camps. In an attempt to support our smaller stops like Bahia de Los Angeles and Loreto, we will have bivouacs available to help provide an alternative solution to the best of our ability and according to what Mother Nature allows.

As an organization, we cannot prevent poor practices or inflated prices at the available hotels. Please be aware that the ONLY room block secured in the name of NORRA is strictly for staff/safety/volunteers and the folks required to make the daily event safe and successful. The NORRA organization suffers a significant financial expense moving our teams down the Baja Peninsula as quickly as we do, and does not in any way profit from the hotel bookings. We support making online reservations with hotels that are large enough to be represented so you have a confirmation of receipt. This will never be a perfect process and we recommend that EVERY team be prepared to camp and/or rough it just in case best made plans fail. This is all a part of the Baja adventure. If you choose to use a third party vendor to secure your reservation, please understand that NORRA has no authority or interest in these reservations and they are made at your own risk. Our number one priority is as always to make sure you have the best time of your life at the “Happiest Race On Earth!”  Go to https://norra.com for the latest news and information about NORRA’s upcoming events.

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Beginning in 2010, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) began promoting a rebirth of the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. The unique off-road rally was co-created by promoter Mike Pearlman to consist of special stages (unlimited speed timed stages in the dirt) linked together by controlled speed liaison / transit sections (highway). The one-of-a-kind, once-a-year, four-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, as well as modern desert Rally Raid cars, pre-runner trucks, buggies and motorcycles.

Pearlman’s late father Ed and others established the first running of the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road rally in November of 1967, which eventually became internationally recognized and evolved into the Baja 1000 in the mid-1970’s.

The 2019 YOKOHAMA NORRA Mexican 1000 is supported by Yokohama, Method Race Wheels, South Point Hotel Casino, Walker Evans Racing, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, Steel-It, Multitool USA, RIGID, Savvy Offroad, VP Racing Fuels, Timberline, 4Wheel Parts, Ensenada Proturismo, Mastercraft/Impact Safety, Cerveceria Transpeninsular, Roganto, Biltwell Inc., Schampa, Racing TraX.com, Satellite Phone Store.com, P.C.I. Race Radios, WARN, Magic Bullet, US Action Trax.com, and many more.  

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