SEPT. 30, 2016 (Agua Dulce, Calif.): NORRA has been flooded with a huge wave of entries for the 50th anniversary celebration taking place in 2017. Hours after registration opened, the entries were stacking up in record numbers. After only 6 days, the numbers are nearly the total of last year’s event which was also a record for entries. Pro racers, icons of the sport, past winners of the rally, and first timers too are all chomping at the bit to compete in “The Happiest Race On Earth!”
One of the coolest cars competing this year is the 1965 Meyers Manx of Jon Steinhilber. You can’t get much more authentic than an old Meyers Manx. Jeff Furrier is racing to get his ex-Roger Mears Budweiser Jeep Honcho restored for the race. Anyone who is following his project knows he is pulling out all the stops, the truck is very nice! The DirTrix car that was restored by Rory Ward has a new owner. Ted Baker will be racing the car against the other Challenger Buggies. In the Vintage Production Cars class, it will be David against the Goliaths. Lyman Scherer is racing his 1959 TriumphTR3 against a bevy of American muscle including Renee Aguirre’s 1964 Ford Galaxie, Jim “Rooster” Riley’s 1957 Chevy, Floorian Oger’s 1971 Nova, and John Swift’s 1972 Olds Cutlass. The Historic Era has some heavy hitters who are already registered. Mark Post will be driving his 1992 F-150 Trophy Truck as well as Jim Bult in his Dodge Trophy Truck and Dana Dague in his recently restored 1983 mid-engine Raceco Trophy Truck.
Mike Shatynski is back supporting Racing for Vets and Warfighter Made in his light strike vehicle. He will have some stiff competition from Robert Blanton, also with Warfighter Made racing the Flyer 22 military vehicle. Renee Hudson and Heather Bonanni will be getting dirty for the Ta-Ta’s. They race their Polaris RZR in the top UTV class to raise money for breast cancer. They have raised over $25,000 for the cause.
The NORRA Mexican 1000 honors the past while also forging the future. Competitors in this year’s historic event will create the stories and tall tales that will be shared around the camp fire by future generations. The Mexican 1000 is the genuine deal. The words that we use today to describe the sport, “Off-road Racing” were conceived by Mike Pearlman for the original event in 1967. Today, the Mexican 1000 captures the same challenge, adventure, fun, and Mexican hospitality as the original race; nothing else compares.