BFG Team Rennsport Climbs To Second in Class, 27th Overall at NORRA Mexican 1000

NORRA Mid-Race Report: BFG Team Rennsport’s “Angelina” is a Little Car With a Big Heart

Team Starts Today’s Race to La Paz Second in Class, 27th Overall
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  LORETO, BAJA, MEXICO (May 1, 2019) – In a field full of 800 horsepower trucks and unlimited open-wheel buggies, to most observers BFG Team Rennsport’s vintage racer seems an almost quaint throwback to yesteryear. She is small in size and power, lovingly prepared and worked on by crew chief Paul Perrizo, Brian Coats and other hard working volunteers on the BFG Team Rennsport posse.

That perception is proving to be deceptive, as the light, nimble and surprisingly fast #124 BFG Team Rennsport 1989 Finshline single-seater is now reliable as well. As many of its more powerful competitors are discovering in the current five-day, 1,254-mile NORRA Mexican 1000, it can be wrong to discount the underdog.

In off-road racing’s most prestigious vintage desert race, the small can be mighty.

“ANGELINA” AT FULL SONG:  Receiving her nickname after causing at least two divorces in the early 1980s, BFG Team Rennsport’s unique Finishline vintage single-seater has surprised many a NORRA Mexican 1000 competitor at this year’s rally. Powered by an Adam Wik-built 2,332cc air-cooled Type 1 Volkswagen-engine coupled to a newly installed Weddle HV-1 gearbox, the car is surprisingly nimble and quick. (Photo credit: Brian Bink)
  After a difficult Day 1 due to electronic navigation gremlins, BFG Team Rennsport began their journey back to the top of the NORRA timing charts on Monday with steady driving efforts by Marty Fiolka and Justin Blower piloting the car from San Felipe to the remote overnight stop in Bay of Los Angeles.

It was in yesterday’s longest day of competition that the team made their move thanks to a blazing performance by Brian Coats from Bay of Los Angeles to San Ignacio, with Blower matching that with a near-perfect 208-mile run into last night’s stop on the Sea of Cortez in beautiful Loreto.

When the timing clocks stopped, the BFG Team Rennsport crew celebrated a hard-fought climb to second place in the NORRA Vintage 4-cylinder Buggy class and a sparkling 27th ranking in the overall standings.

BAJA BEAUTY:  Justin Blower blazes a trail through the remote Boojum cactus forests outside of Baja’s Bay of Los Angeles (Photo credit: Brian Bink)
  Today’s Day 4 of the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally will be a 300 plus-mile marathon, with desert veteran Blower behind the wheel all day. The race begins at 10:00am Loreto time (9:00am PST), with the #124 Rennsport buggy starting 20th at 10:19am.

BFG Team Rennsport is supported by the top brands in the off-road industry, a list that includes BFGoodrich Tires, Method Race Wheels, Fox Racing Shox, Weddle Industries, Brown & Miller Racing (plumbing and wiring), Eibach Springs, AEM Electronics, Maglock, KC Hilites and Caltime Metals. A significant contribution also comes from Coats (Brian Coats Motorsports), the Rennsport Group and B3Kreativ.

BFGoodrich Team Rennsport will be providing updates throughout the Mexican 1000 on their Facebook and Instagram feeds, while the vehicle can be tracked all the way down the Baja peninsula by logging on to For more information visit


Team Starts Today’s Race to La Paz Second in Class, 27th Overall
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