The Baja 1000 also known as the Mexican 1000 is a race(s) or rally of off-road vehicles, motorcycles and ATV that takes place in the desert of the peninsula of Baja California, Mexico since 1962. It is the longest off-road race in the world, which takes place in a single stage. It traditionally begins in the port city of Ensenada and ends in the port city of La Paz. It has a route of a little more than 1,050 miles (1,700km), to this it owes its name.
Five months before the race begins, The Pueblo Magico (Magic Village) of Loreto is getting ready with all the preparations as it is considered one of the most important annual events. Special interest will be placed on this 50th Anniversary edition, in order to make the passage of vehicles through the Loreto region a successful spectacle, guaranteeing safety, good service in hotels and restaurants, excellent urban image and tourist orientation, etc.
According to the calendar of events published by Score International for 2017, the Baja 1000 race will take place from November 14 to 18, 2017.
Wonder how this race began? The story goes back to the year 1962 when two crazy adventurers Dave Ekins and Bill Robertson Jr. on a pair of Honda motorcycles started from Tijuana to La Paz, undertaking the first challenge of this route. To confirm their travel time and give more legality to the competition, they sealed a form in the Telegraph offices. These have been replaced by the famous check points. This first competition was won by Dave Ekins with a time of 39 hours and 54 minutes, while Bill Robertson showed up an hour later at the telegraph office. These competitions were continued for five years, following the custom of using the telegraph offices to certify official times.
In 1966 the same Dave Ekins again won this competition in which his brother Bud and two other runners, named Cliff Coleman and Eddie Mulder, also competed aboard two motorcycles Triumph 500s and two Triumph 650s. In that year Ekins got lost on a ranch, ran out of gas (he had to ask for gasoline from a rancher) and lost 10 minutes when he did not find the telegraph office in La Paz, but he still clocked up a record of 39 hours 46 minutes, breaking his own record set in 1962.
These competitions tuned the enthusiasm of Ed Pearlman, a florist from the San Fernando Valley, who asked himself why we did not organize a race? That is how the "Mexican 1000" was born, on October 31, 1967, with a record of 68 participants, leaving Tijuana to La Paz on November 1. This race would no longer be governed by the telegraph offices but by an organization, led by Pearlman, called the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA).