San Felipe is one of those little gems that Baja has to offer. If you’ve been there, you know. The people, food and terrain is just as unique and special as it can be. However, the fishing town is going thru hard times, economically speaking. With this in mind, business owners and off-road enthusiasts came together and decided to create a race with no affiliation to any race organization, an event which sole purpose is to help the economy of San Felipe and bring a great event package. In their own words:
The San Felipe Desert Mayhem 150 Off Road Race was an idea that was born after noticing a huge decline in tourism in the month of January. The idea is to help local charities and share our love of off road racing. When we shared the idea, more people came along and offered to help. The main goal for this inaugural race was to promote tourism, help out local charities, and for all of us to be able to share our love for off-road racing. Our current organizing committee consists of Ledgar Osuna, Martin Rangel, Juan Gallo and Cesar Quirarte. We plan to donate a percentage of the profits to the local charities like San Felipe United, Local Cancer Prevention Center, Universal Golf Foundation Fund, Volunteers Without Limits and Cruz Roja San Felipe.
When we heard about this, we couldn’t miss it and at the end, it didn’t disappoint. The event started with a qualifying race where the class 16 drivers fought for the 1st spot at the main event. Contingency was held at the main street next to the beach, followed by 2 days of racing divided into 3 groups. Group A were the VW limited and safari categories, group B were the main event with the fast guys and finally the next day was group C with bikes and UTV’s.
This first edition of the DeZert Mayhem had around 100 entries, a shy number however being its first event the race had great entries from the whole region including racers from Ensenada, Tijuana and Mexicali and also teams like the COPS who took their complete fleet to compete. The Baja Triumph car, whose last race was the first Baja 1000 50 years ago, was also there!
The weather we had for the event was just perfect. No rain, no dust and a temperature around 70*F – perfect conditions for an off-road race. The track consisted in a 3 lap, 40 mile loop heading south of San Felipe with sections completely different from the usual sections that SCORE or RECORD uses. One of the features was the addition of the “stadium” as the locals call it, an old motocross track with tight turns, jumps and whoops perfect for spectators to enjoy the show in a completely safe area with help of the local police department.
Add the beautiful background of “La Sierra de San Pedro Martir” (San Pedro Martir mountains)…
Andre Myers took the overall in his Class 1 car with a winning time 4 minutes over Zack Langley who took 2nd overall and the 1st spot in the Trophy-Truck Class. Third on the overall podium, Morgan Langley in the #150 Class1 had a great weekend of racing for the COPS team. Damen Jefferies beat the rest of the TT Spec field with a final time of 2:40:56 and brought home the 1st place trophy. In Class16, Jorge Sampieto, Ruben Sañudo and Roberto Romo finished the 1-2-3 respectively.
At the end of the weekend, the race collected 30’000 pesos, money that went directly to the charities mentioned above. We might be coming back again in a few months for the SCORE San Felipe 250 but we can’t wait to come back next year and see this event with much better numbers!
(Photo by San Felipe Desert Mayhem Staff)