The first official “Baja 1000” started in Tijuana, Baja California, on October 31, 1967, and was named the NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally. The course length that year was 849 miles (1,366 km) and ended in La Paz, Baja California Sur. The overall winning time was 27 hours 38 minutes by Vic Wilson and Ted Mangels while driving a Meyers Manx buggy. From 1967 to 1972, the race was organized by NORRA and featured by ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” with Jim McKay covering the 1968 event. The race attracted many notable participants such as the late Mickey Thompson, Parnelli Jones, James Garner, and Mary McGee, the first woman to compete in the event. SCORE International has promoted the Baja 1000 since 1975. The race course typically starts and ends in Ensenada with every third year being a peninsula run ending in La Paz or Cabo.
Feature photo from NORRA.com.