Feature VehicleFeaturedNews

The Farm Truck

At this years NORRA Mexican 1000 many were surprised to see a ’73 F100 leading the pack ahead of the mega dollar trophy trucks and luxury prerunners. Whoop scissors in their full glory slicing their way down the Baja peninsula driven by Baja veteran Craig Smith. 

We caught up with Craig and the “Farm Truck” after the race to check out the “knife that won the gunfight” and snapped a few photos while we chatted near his home in Imperial Valley. The truck is a little beat up from 1300+ miles of Baja but she’s still a beauty. 

Photo. Art Eugenio, GETSOMEphoto

“I’ve owned the truck for about 13 years.” Said Smith. “I saw it at a cruising the pits at a MDR race and fell in love with it. It came up for sale a few months later and I bought it. It was owned by multiple people in the San Diego area before me and rumored to be built by multiple fabricators none of which has ever been verified. Originally it looked to have been built in the mid 90’s. I remodeled most of the truck in my garage over the first few years. Over the last 7 or so years Jimmy Weitzel of Weitzel Motorsport has handled all the fabrication changes on the truck. There have been a number of major changes to the truck since we got the crazy idea to race NORRA. Mostly strengthening the cage and moving weight around to get the truck to handle correctly.” 

“I really want to thank my crew Darren Hardesty, Dan Morales, Eric Ellerman, Troy Hutchinson, Mark Martinez, Chris Hoppe, Robert Kennedy, Jason Wilson, Jeff Dickerson, Dorothy Smith and my Dad Bruce Smith and my navigators on this run, Justin Morgan, Cameron Corfman and my son Dyson.”

Photo. Art Eugenio, GETSOMEphoto

Model: 1973 Ford F100

Engine: Turn Key Trophy Truck spec motor approximately 535 hp. 

Transmission: Culhane Turbo 400

Suspension: Fox shocks serviced and tuned by SDG shocks

Wheels: Method Race Wheels

Tires: BFG Projects

Wiring: Mark the Wire Guy

Axle Housing: Dirt Tech

Hubs: BMS

Rear Links: Scott Baker

Beams: Jimmy Weitzel and Craig Smith

Steering design: Jimmy Weitzel

Radio and intercom: PCI installed and tuned by Wise electronics

Sway bar: Pro Am bar with BMS arms

Fuel Cell: Harmon Racing

Seats: Sparco

Photo. Art Eugenio, GETSOMEphoto

For those of you who were caught a little off guard with Craig in the overall at NORRA, he’s no stranger to the top spot. Here’s some stats on the man behind the wheel. 

Kawasaki Team Green off-road team from 90-97 

– multiple Score Championships in the 125 and 250 class

– overall motorcycle winner of the 95 Score San Felipe 250 teamed with Danny Hamel

-overall winner of the 95 Score Baja 500 teamed with Paul Krause and Dave Ondas

American Honda off-road team from 98-2000

-1999 24 hour world record holder from the 24 World Endurance Championship teamed with Johnny Campbell, Greg Bringle, Ron Wilson, and Torsten Bostrom

– Overall winner of the SCORE Baja 2000 teamed with Johnny Campbell, Steve Hengeveld, and Tim Stabb

-2001 24 hour world record holder from the 24 Hour World Endurance Championships teamed with Johnny Campbell, Steve Hengeveld, Tim Stabb, Jonah Street, and Greg Bringle with a total mileage of 1362.3 miles

AMA National Hare and Hound Vet Champ in 2009

Multiple AMA District 38 Championships from 90-2010 in the 125, 250, 500, and vet classes. 

6 time King Of the Desert winner.

2019 NORRA Mexican 1000 / Photo. Raul García Zarate, GETSOMEphoto
  • L
  • May 13, 2019
Have a special place in my heart for the older trucks...My first truck I ever owned was a 73' F-100 2wd long bed...(which got the frame cut down to mount the short bed)...That was back in 1979. My first pre-runner also...
Congrats to the entire Team!
  • S
  • May 13, 2019
Was a great truck to watch moving down the race course!
Nothing makes me more proud than reading this Article about how a family started a NORRA Project and fulfilled it with success all the way to the top of the Overall Win, congrats to Craig and Team on the win, I remember how stressed Craig was at the start in Loreto because the Starting order had him behind a buggy he chased day 3 at the end all the way to the finish with no passing option working on the Stella Unit, spoke to them and told them the problem at start and everything worked great after that for all; then flew to La Paz to catch them at the finish and saw him come in with his son navigating in the truck after a great Norra day; congratulations again and hope to have you guys back soon !
  • K
  • January 30, 2020
  • P
  • January 30, 2020
so awesome. I am a WP comment anonymous guest type of commenter
ohh well