Exclusive McMillin Family Book Signing Added To Baja Legacy Celebration At Horsepower Ranch
~ Fans Can Purchase and Personalize New “Big Blue M” History Book ~
~ Evening To Celebrate Parnelli Jones and Rob MacCachren ~
(San Juan Capistrano, Calif.,) ~ Adding another feature to November’s Baja Legacy celebration, event organizers today announced that all six members of the legendary McMillin racing family will be on-hand for an exclusive signing of their newly-released “Big Blue M: The History of McMillin Racing” coffee table book. Taking place on Wednesday evening, November 18th at Ensenada’s picturesque Horsepower Ranch, the 8th edition of the Baja Legacy celebration will also honor two of off-road racing’s most recognized heroes – Parnelli Jones and Rob MacCachren.
Timed to coincide with the 48th running of the SCORE Baja 1000, the Baja Legacy event was created to celebrate the colorful history of off-road competition throughout the rugged Mexican peninsula. Held just six miles east of downtown Ensenada, the 2015 Baja Legacy celebration opens at 5:00pm, with dinner beginning promptly at 6:00pm. The McMillin book signing will take place just before and after an on-stage presentation that begins at 8:00pm. Jones and MacCachren will be inducted into the Horsepower Ranch’s “Hall of Fame,” which features a distinguished list of past honorees that includes Corky McMillin (2003) and Mark McMillin (2010).
Written by Marty Fiolka over the span of more than 30 months, the new “Big Blue M: The History of McMilllin Racing” coffee table book is a must-have for any off-road or Baja racing enthusiast. The extensive work was co-authored and commissioned by 2010 Baja Legacy Inductee Mark McMillin (center). Jessica, Scott and Andy McMillin (L-R) will also be at Baja Legacy book signing.
The exclusive book signing will include several McMillin Racing vehicles as well as special appearances by Mark McMillin, Scott McMillin, Andy McMillin, Dan McMillin, Luke McMillin and Jessica McMillin. Copies of “Big Blue M” will be available for purchase and signing that evening. Tickets for the Baja Legacy evening went on sale last week, as guests will also enjoy an on-stage presentation for Jones and MacCachren, a complete Mexican dinner, fireworks, live music and a commemorative event poster.
The most prolific team the annuls of desert racing, the McMillin racing dynasty began at the 1976 SCORE Baja 1000 with family patriarch Corky McMillin purchasing a friend’s old Class 9 Hi-Jumper dune buggy “just to try it once.” While he and eldest son Mark McMillin failed to finish that event, their trademark blue “M” logo has graced 40 cars and trucks that have competed in 303 total races – a heritage that has also produced 100 victories (45 of those represent overall titles).
“Big Blue M” features extensive chapters that offer new insight into 37 years of McMillin off-road motorsports excellence.These include sections on McMillin Racing’s work with the Porsche factory in the late 1980s (top) and Corky McMillin’s last season before passing away in 2005 (above).
At a whopping 536 pages, the eight-pound book is the largest printed publication in off-road racing history – taking just over 30 months to complete. Produced for Mark McMillin and the McMillin family as a joint project between the Rennsport Group and Mark Racing, the work was researched and written by “1000 Miles to Glory” author Marty Fiolka. The completed work features more than 1,200 images including many from the private McMillin family collection, as well as feature photography shot by Boyd Jaynes and historical art from the Trackside Photo archives. Off-road racing graphic artist Bill Brindle III did all of the book’s extensive graphic design and layout work.
“It took nearly three years for this book to come from an idea to being celebrated at Horsepower Ranch just before our family’s favorite race of the year,” explained five-time Baja 1000 champion Mark McMillin. “We really appreciate the offer from Marty and the guys at Horsepower Ranch to bring our family together for another great night — and allow us to offer personalized versions of “Big Blue M” to everyone interested in getting a copy.”
The inspirational founder of McMillin Racing and the San Diego-based McMillin Companies, the late Macey “Corky” McMillin was a multiple Baja winner and desert racing champion. Always an innovator, Corky was inducted into the Horsepower Ranch’s Baja Legacy “Hall of Fame” in 2003.
Advanced tickets and t-shirt reservations can be made by visiting www.hprbaja.com. Due to overwhelming response, advanced reservations are strongly suggested for all race teams, VIP and crew members. Event tickets include gate admittance, gourmet Mexican dinner and 2015 commemorative poster. Cost is just $22.00 per person prior to November 13th and $27.00 at the gate. Additional ticket/t-shirt packages are also available. ve poster. Cost is just $22.00 per person prior to November 13th and $27.00 at the gate. Additional ticket/t-shirt packages are also available.
Media reservations must be made in advance via Marty Fiolka at The Rennsport Group: [email protected].
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Horsepower Ranch Baja Legacy Hall of Fame Inductees
Doug Robertson Jr.
THE STORY OF HORSEPOWER RANCH
The history of this amazing property goes back long before today’s modern off-road machines – back to a time when the Hollywood crowd of the 60’s and 70’s came to Baja to indulge in the allure of Mexico. The original name of Horsepower Ranch was “Rancho San Juanito” and it was built as an oasis resort. Americans and wealthy Mexicans spent their weekends lounging by the swimming pool, singing along with the piano player, and carousing in nearby Ensenada.
Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, the ranch exchanged ownership before laying dormant; waiting for an opportunity to emerge with a new identity. Having been restored to its former glory, today Horsepower Ranch has its roots firmly planted within the racing community and also hosts weddings, parties, and other social events throughout the year. The pool and palapas are favorites during the summer months with an open-air bar and the sweet smell of mesquite.
In recent years Hollywood and racing celebrities have returned to Horsepower Ranch, a list that includes Paul Newman, Sandra Bullock, Patrick Dempsey, Jesse James, Chip Foose along with many professional Indycar and international sports car racers.