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Goodyear
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radials
ta1ne
the
badlands
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of
the
Baja.
The
B1ja
1000 is more
than
just a
wild
adventure. ·
It's a 1000-mile lesson
in
survival.
And
for
Goodyear drivers, Walker
Evans
and
Jim Conner, they not only
survived the course, they won the race.
In
Class 8, Walker's big Dodge Ram
finished more
than
three hours
in
front
of
his
nearest competitor.
And
gave
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Walk~r his
ninth
Baja 1000 victory.
In
Class 7-4x4, Jim Conner won
his
second Baja 1000 by a margin
of
ten
minutPs
and
36 seconds.
And
Jim's Nissan Hardbody finished
almost
an
hour
in
front
of
the nearest .
truck
with
competitive tires.
Both Walker
and
Jim won
with
Goodyear Wrangler radials.
They took
on
the
rock
and
the
ruts; _
the
deep silt
and
the wet sand;
the
bush,
the
brush
and
the
baddest lands
of
the
Baja
with
the
same tires you
can
buy.
Goodyear Wrangler radials.
Get a set for your truck.
And
they'll help you tame
the
wildest terrain.
You
either have
Wrangler
radials.
Or
you
need
them.
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- Framed by the giant cactus trees unique
to
the
area
around
Catavina, Mark McMillin was
on
his way
to
a magnificent
victory in the 1986 Score Pemex Baja 1000 last
month
. Mark and relief -
driver Ralph Paxton charged down the course in the Porsche powered
Chenowth Class 1 racer to finish first in Class 1 a
nd
first overall car.
Only
one motorcycle beat their swift time
of
18
hour
s, 26 minutes and
28
seconds. Congratulations
to
the entire McMillin team for winning
the big one, from Ensenada
to
La
Paz
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it,would have changed everythiilg.
Also,
if
I
would
have
had
200
or
300 decals
to
pass
out,
it
would
have
helped
.
They
just
wanted
a
little
something
to
take
home.
Also,
a flare
gun
to
signal
for
help
w,
ould
have
been
a
great
By Bill
Varnes
advantJ).ge. ,
Having
just
returned
from
the
1986
Baja
1000,
I
would
like
to
share
the
details
of
an
experience
I
had
on
the
race while I was
co-
driving
with
Rob
Tolleson
in
the
1-2-1600
Mirage
race
car.
Hopefully,
this
will
help
someone,
if
the
same
thing
should
occur
again.
Due
to
ah
electrical
problem,
I
coasted
to
a
stop
approximately
30
miles
past
El
Arco
. By
the
time
I was able
tq
get
my
helmet
off,
and
get
out
of
the
car, a
group
of
local
-
people
had
already
started
to
strip
off
and
loosen
parts
.
The
spare
tire,
spare
tire
hold
down,
chit
can
and
decals .:_.
all
of
these
items
were
gone
in
less
than
a
minute,
gone
by
the
time
I
got
out
of
the
car.
At
this
time
I
stopped
the
looting
by
just
walking
arounld
the
car
and
physically
stopping
people
from
taking
anything.
Within
30
minutes
the
crowd
had
grown
from
a dozen
or
so
to,
at
times,
approximately
200
people.
I
had
tried
calling
on
our
car
radio,
b_
ut
I
never
got
a
response.
I
did
not
think
anyone
could
hear
me,
so
I
stopped
calling.
That
was
a
mistake
on
my
part,
because
I
found
out
later t(The
Weather-
,
man"
could
hear
me. I
could
not
hear
him
and
I
did
not
give
my
location.
If
you
need
help,
they
have
to
know
where
you
are,
exactly.
By
now
I
had
told
a
couple
of
bike
riders
to
send
help. l was
sitting
on
top
of
the
car;
and
the
crowd
began
to
throw
rocks,
bottles
and
clumps
of
sand
they
had
doused
with
gasoline,
lit
on
Page4
fire
and
then
tossed
at
me
and
the
car. . _
All
of
a
sudden
someone
in
the
crowd
shot
off
two
1
rounds
with
a
rifle.
When
this
happened
I
got
back
in
the
car
-
and
got
out
a
pistol
that
I
had
·
brought
along
for
an
emergency. I felt
that
this
was
an
emergency!
At
this
point
I
felt
my
best
option
was t_o
stand
on
top
of
the
car,
which
I did.
When
I
appeared
on
top
of
the
car
with
the
pistol,
about
h~f
of
the
crowd
went
back
into
the
bushes.
What
happened
next
is
what
really
helped
me.
Wiitie
Valdez
stopped
his
7S
Ranger
to
help
me
when
I
flagged
him
down.
I
explained
what
was going
on,
and
his
co-driver
yelled
at
the
·
crowd
in
Spanish.
This
changed
everything,
and
all
but
._
a ·
half
dozen
of
the
local
people
left.
"Thanks
Guys",
your
help
really
made
the
big
difference.
A
million
thanks!
I
hope
this tale
from
Baja will
help
·
some
of
you
in
the
future.
I
would
personally
like
to
thank
these
people
who
really
helped
rrie.
Willie
Valdez
and
his
co-
dtiver,
John
Howard,
Tony
Vanillo,
The
Great
Candy
Cane
Car,
Miller
American
Chase
·
crew,
The
-
Westherman,
the
Checkers
pit
team. .
See
you
in
Baja
next
year,
because
I will
be
back
to
race
there
again.
Our
thanks
to
Bill
Varnes,
manufacturer
of
the Mirage chassis,
for
sharing his Baja experience
with
us. Reports
of
trouble around El
Arco
with
the local people surface
everytime the race
goes
near the
town
,.
but
usually
there
is
no
gunfire
.
This round there were also reports
of
shooting around Constitucion,
and
one race truck had bullet holes
in
it
as mute evidence that the reports
were tru
e.
Fortunately nobody was
injured in these incidents, although
one
bullet
through
the
truck
windshield just missed the co-driver.
The
long
delay
and
the
pesky
electrical problems that· would
not
hold a fix made Rob Tolleson decide
Of
the
local folks left
around
my
car,
three
had
tried
to
help
me
from
the
beginning. I gave
them
$100.00,
in
pesos,
·
and
asked
them
to
find
me
a
battery,
so
I
could
jump
start
the
car.
Approximately
.
one
hour
later
they
returned
with
a
battery,
and
. I was
able
to
get
the
c_ar
started.
_
All
of
this
happened
when
I was ,
six
to
eight
miles
from
the
main
.
to
give
up
the race
at
San
Ignacio,
feeling the lost hours
and
the need
for
a
fresh
battery
made
the
venture
onto the beach a fruitless journey.
highway. _
Looking
back
on
this
incident,
if
I
would
have
been
better
prepared,
the
incident
wouldn't
have
been
so
serious.
There
are
a
few
things
that
would
have really
helped
me.
If I
had
been
able
to
talk
to
the
crowd
"in
Sanish,
I feel
A Very
Merry
Christmas from
all
of
us
at
Dusty Times
to all our
friends
all _
over
the
country
and
the
world.
Happy Holidays -
Volunteers
are
invited
to
climb
on
their
"Soap
Box"
and
fill
this
space
with their thoughts about what .
is
good
and
what
is
not
so
good about
the state
of
off
road racing.
We
«'ould welcome some discussion
on
the state
of
the Pro Rally Series as
well. Call
or
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DUSTY
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December
1986
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MARKS
ANOTHER
MILESTONE
with this December
1986 issue.
Not
only does it signal the start
of
our fourth year in publication,
but it
is
also the first anniversary
of
the combination
of
DUSTY TIMES and
OFF
ROAD
ACTION NEWS. Starting from ground zero, late
in
1983, with
no organizational mailing list for a seed, DUSTY TIMES has grown to
be
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off road publications.
We
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Racing, the California Rally Series, Score Canada, and Western
Off
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well. As
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all
for
your staunch support
of
DUSTY TIMES, then and now.
We
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RACING.ASSOCIATION
has moved its office to
larger accommodations a couple
of
blocks from the former space, near Sloan,
Nevada. Now Walt, Edna, Sue and Danny have plenty
of
space for
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paper work, and a giant adjacent barn in which to park the motorhomes and
the Nissan trucks, keeping the equipment out
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THE FINAL FLAG. It
is
always sad to report on a death
of
someone
in
the
sport, and more
of
a shock when
an
accident
is
the cause. One
of
the long time
members
of
the off road racing fraternity, Roger Roderick died in a highway
accident while returning from the-
Baja
1000. The Las Vegas resident
was
resting in the back
of
a Bronco, towing the pre-runner home, when the
rig
got
away
from the driver, rolled and Roger
was
thrown
out
of
the rig, and he
was
1
killed instantly. Another passenger, and associate in racing with Roderick,
Dennis McCreedy,
was
very seriously injured in the same accident. The team
was
returning from
Baja
where
Roder_ick
co-drove in the Stan Parnell entry
that finished secbnd in Class 5.
Our
sincere sympathy goes to the Roderick
family and all
of
Roger's friends.
We
wish Dennis McCreedy a speedy
recovery from his injuries too. SNORE dedicated the last race
of
their 1986
series, the Midnight Special last month, to the memory
of
Roger Roderick.
THE
SCORE/HDRA
DESERT POINTS
SERIES
championships are
still
up
for grabs at Barstow in many classes, despite the pair
of
back to back
races· offer:ing double points, the Frontier 500 and the
Baja
1000.
On
rough
count
after the Baja 1000, 1-2-1600 leader Jack Ramsay has a lock
on
the
overall championship with 769
point!?-
However, the race to
La
Paz
did
tighten
up
the points chase in many classes. In Class 1 Mark McMillin
extended his lead, now holding 673 points, and Ivan
Stewart:
is
second with 510,
followed closely
by
Larry
Noel at 507. Second place will
be
decided at Barstow.
In Class 2 Bob Gordon jumped from fourth to first with
640
points,
Dave Kreisler has 611' and former leader Bob Richey has 568. Behind Jack
Ramsay in Class 1-2-1600, Willy Higman
is
second with 630, followed
by
Jeff Papple at 509. In Class 3 Don Adams still leads with 444, but Matt Pike
is
closing in with 385 points, and Mike Schwellinger moved into third with 331
points. Rod Hall has a safe lead
in
Class 4 at 462 points over Don Y oston at 314.
In Class 5 Hartmut Klawitter and Stan Parnell are in close combat, with
Klawitter 26 points ahead. Max Razo
is
just another five points back, and this
should be a real race in December. Steve Lakin still leads the 5-1600 battle
with 523,
but
David Anckner
is
up to second with 506. Owen Duggan has
-481 points and Mike Lesle has 470, very tight with one race
to
go.
Larry Schwacofer has a lock on another Class 6 title with 552 points, and
he
is
second in Heavy Metal standings. W~s Moser
is
second in Class 6 with
301 followed
by
Arne. Gunnarsson at 239. Manny Esquerra has Class 7
wrapped up with 4 78 points. Roger Mears trails with 268 and Larry Ragland
has 194 points. ·
- In an absolute tie at
578
points, not only·for Class 7S horrors, but for the
Mini Metal title, are Willie Valdez and Spencer Low. And, with a win at
Barstow, Paul Simon, with 552 points, could pass them both. Mike Falkosky
is
fourth in 7S with 506.
ln
Class 7 4x4 Jerry McDonald has nearly a sure bet
for the title with 555 points, lying third in the Mini Metal battle. Jim Conner
is
second in class with 435, while Mike Horner has 355 and Dave Ashley has
343, tight for third place. -
Baja champion Walker Evans leads Class 8 and the Heavy Metal contest-
with
570
points. Dave Shoppe
is
next with 518, and Steve Kelley trails with
416 points. Bryant
Wood
has the lock
on
Class 9 with 358 points.
The third place in Baja put Rick Johnson in the Challenge Class points
lead with 642. Mike
Ward
is
second at 503, and Rich Minga, 475, and Kent
Lothringer, 4 72, are close
for
third. Rick Hagle
is
looking good for the Class 10
title with 686 points over Steve Tetrick at 585 and Roger Mortenson at 455.
Ramon Castro has th~e title in hand in Class
11
this year with
329
points
over
270
for Andy Diaz. While Carl
Cook
has 133 points in Class 14, he has
not competed in enough.races tb be eligible for the title. So, Steve
Mize!,
at
123 points, has his championship locked up. _
Don't
forget to order your tickets early for the Score/HORA Awards
Banquet
on
January 3. Last year it was a sell out long before the night
of
the
party. Also,
don't
forget to use the ballot on
page
8 to help choose the
Off
Roadsman
of
the Year for 1986. All Score and HORA members, the press
and con~ingency donors are eligible to vote, so do vote for your favorites
to
win the
-1986
awards.
THE
CHECKERS
BANQUET, one
of
the highlights
of
the party season,
is
scheduled for January 9, 1987. While some members
of
the Checkers Pit
Club may seem a little rough around the edges sometimes
out
in the desert,
this
is
i:he
one occasion each year where they put on their Sunday best and
bring their ladies to a sit down dinner, complete with open bar. The place
is
the Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills, CA, and the bar opens at 7 :30
p.m. The Checkers always have a complimentary and huge door prize cache
on hand for the attendees, and they also present the Checker
of
the
Year
awards along with the famous Dr. Checker trophies. It
is
a fun evening, open
to non Checkers
as
well. Get your tickets from a friendly Checker member or
at a Checker meeting, any Wednesday night at the Dugout in Van Nuys, CA.
mo
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Dusty Times
Roger
Mears'
Nissan
Truck
took
Class
7.
NISSAN
TA
S
BAJA1000
NOT
ONCE
.
BUT
.·
TWICE!
Mears and Conner take the
SCORE
Baja
1000 in
Nissan
Hardbody
Trucks.
The
Baja
1000
is
known worldwide
as
the longest
and
most demanding of
all
off-road desert
races.
And this
year-
· with a trail that
stretched
1,013
miles
from the desert
to
the
coast,
from the mountains
to
the valleys-it
was
longer than
ever
before.
Yet,
in
spite
of
the great
distances,
the competition
was
neck
and
neck
right
to
the very
end.
After driving
his
Nissan
Hardbody
Truck
for a grueling
20
hours,
41
minutes
and
49
seconds,
Roger
M~ars
claimed
a
spectacular
victory
in
Class
7.
In
Class
7
4X4,
.
Jim
Conner's
victory
was
almost
as
close
when, after
23
hours,
46
minutes
and
39
seconds,
he
crossed
the finish
line
just
11
·
rninutes
ahead
of
his
nearest
competitor. And both Hardbody
Trucks
came
through it
all
with no
ma
·or
re
airs
or
breakdowns.
In
Class
7S,
Nissan
driver
Spencer
Low
placed
second,
losing
the
lead
by
· ·
only
one
minute
and
17
seconds.
. im
Conner's
Nissan
Hardbody
ck
was
the victor
These
durable,
tough
Nissan
Hardbody
Trucks
proved
to
· ·n class
14X4.
be
the
fastest
trucks
on
the
Baja
1000
course,
and
more
than
a
match
for this ultimate test
of
man
and
machine.
Nissan
'
congratulates
Roger
and
Jim
on
their championship
victories.
Of
course,
events
such
as
these
mean
more
than
victory.
·
They
offer
al')
opportunity to drive
Nissan
cars
and
trucks under
some
of the
severest
conditions
possible.
This
is
just
one
of
the
maRy
ways
in
which the quality that-
goes
into
Nissan
cars
and
trucks
is
constantly
being
improved.
-
You
can
get the
same
top quality, too, with
Nissan's
full
line
of
specialized
parts
for
racing
vehicles
and
production
cars.
Just
send
your
$10
check
or money order
(do
not
send
cash)
for our Competition
Parts
Catalog
to:
Nissan
Motor
Corporation
in
U.S.A.,
Motorsports
Dept.,
P.O.
Box
191,
Gardena,
CA
90247.
Please
allow
six
weeks
for
delivery.
· ·
And
also,
remember to
check
out
the winners at your
nearest
Nissan
dealer
today.
eart:Fl'I.
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1987
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.
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34810
I
High Desert Racing Association ·
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AZ
85067
(6P2) 252-1900
12
1
97
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Las Vegas, NV
89124
December 6
Florida
Off
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(702)
361-5404
Sonoita to Rocky Point
Drivers'· Association
December
5-7
Hare
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5349 Hansel Ave.J C-1
Sonoita, Sonora, Mexico
Orlando, Florida
32809
Budweiser
250
(305)
851-6245
Barstow,
CA
January
3,
1987
AMSA
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FL
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IDA OFF .RO
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Anaheim, CA
P.O. Box 5473
RACING ENTERPRISES
March 6-8,
1987
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40
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439-2114
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933,7947-
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(904)
726-6560
May 7-10,
1987
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RACING ASSOCIATION
Las Vegas, NV.
John Ohanesian
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July
3-5,
1987
P.
O.
Box
31811
RACING TEAM
Phoenix, AZ
85046
250
Kenn~dy,
#6
Fireworks
250
(602)
867-4769
Chula Vista,
CA
9:Z0ll
Barstow,
CA
(619)
427-5759
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1987
August
8,
1987
Frontier
500
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250
IV
Las
Vegas,
NV
January 24,
1987
Ancient Dry Lake
Bed
December 5,
1987
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El
Centro,
CA
Glen Belen Rallycross # 1
Desert Series Awards Banquet
October 3,
1987
Las
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March
1987
(TBA)
200
Mile Plaster City Blast
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Plaster City,
CA
April 1987 (TBA)
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CO
80155
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779-6625
February
13-15,
1987
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San Francisco,
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March
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1987
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Carson City, NV
April
10-12,
1987
Tulip 200
Chillicothe,
OH
May
14-17,
1987
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Westcliff,
CO
June 5-7,
1987
Susquehannock Trail
Wellsboro,
PA
July
24-25,
1987
Arkansas Traveler
Little Rock, AR
August
21-23,
198
7
Sunriser Forest
Chillicothe,
OH
September 11-13,
1987
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September
25-27,
1987
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Grand Rapids, MN
October
22
-25,
1987
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1987
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1987
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1987
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1987
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1987
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1987
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1987
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1987
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1987
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1987
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11-17,
1987
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1987
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TRAIL
NOTES
BILL
CIVISH
has been a familiar figure at the Nevada desert races for
several years.
The
genial Bureau
of
Land Management officer
putin
many
extra hours insuring the progress
of
desert racing in Nevada, particularly
southern Nevada, where the B.L.M. truly bends over backwards
to
help
outdoor
recreation
of
all kinds. Bill Civish got a great promotion to Head
of
the B.L.M, Recreation Department, but, unfortunately the promotion takes
him
out
of
the Nevada desert and into an office in Washington, D.C.
We
wish
Bill all the best in his new position, and it
is
nice to know that
off
roaders have
a really understanding buddy in a responsible position in the political arena
that
is
Washington, D.C.
BEHIND
THE
BAJA
SCENES.
During the Score Baja 1000, the airwaves
and pits were afive with race information and many rumors. Communication
_
is
always a problem
on
a
point
to
point
race
of
such distance, but, happily
most
of
the rumors about disasters were gross exaggerations or, happily,
totally unfounded. There were a
few
wrecked rigs among the hordes
of
chase
vehicles,
but
only minor injuries were reported.
More
good news
is
that
the
two bike _riders who crashed early
on
the course are
on
the recovery list.
Sheldon D'Baum was released
from
the hospital
on
November 19, and Barry
Mancha was scheduled to be released before Thanksgiving. Both young
men
suffered multiple fractures
of
the legs and hips, and, while recovery will take a
long time, it
is
great to know that
both
arewell enough
to
leave the hospital.
On
the fun side of.the chase brigade at the Baja race,
one
very talented
chase truck driver was rally star
Rod
Millen, who also races a Mazda
truck
on
the Glenn Harris team in the MTEG Stadium Series.
Rod
drove a chase
truck
in
support
of
Glenn Harris' 7S Mazda during the Baja 1000, and that must
have been a keen ride for his passenger!
Rod
confessed
to
often passing race
cars
on
some
of
the twisty pavement sections
of
the course. Millen also said he
would like
to
try driving a desert race next year. Anyone in search
of
a very
fast and fearless driver for their car, might think about
Rod
Millen, when he
is
free from his SCCA Pro Rally Schedule in 1987.
On
the organizational side
of
the race, for the first time
on
the Baja 1000,
Score ran
out
of
the goodies for the drivers.
In
fact, the T-shirts were all gone
~fore
the race started from Ensenada!
The
high, over-
60
percent finish ratio
took
all
of
i:he
finisher pins from the box in La
Paz
. But, the go
od
news
is
that
Score has ordered more
of
the T-shirts and finisher pins. So, contact Score
headquarters
if
you need more mementos for the rest
of
your crew from the
1986
Baja 1000.
On
the tire war scene, the undisputed winner
of
the battle
of
the tire
companies in Baja was BFGoodrich, with eight class winners, in Classes
1,
2,
3, 4, 6, 7S, Challenger and 14. Yokohama was next with five class winners, in
Classes 1-2-1600, 5, 5-1600, 9 and 10. Goodyear came in with a pair
of
truck
winners in Classes 8 and 7 4x4.
And
Bridgestone got the win they wanted in
Class 7. The tire bra!ld
on
the winning Class
11
is
unknown.
CA<L
CITY
LIVES!
SNGRE,
out
of
Las Vegas,
is
planning their first
out
of
Nevada race for January 1987.
The
Bottom Dollar
is
scheduled
to
happenon
the California City course, probably
on
January 10. The date may be mov~d
back a week
to
January 17, depending
on
motorcycle races at Cal City.
SNORE
folks are enthusiastic" about starting their season in the back yard
of
the California desert racers. Call the
SNORE
hot
line for the latest info'
on
this race, later
on
this month.
AMSA
ANNOUNCED
late in
October
that they were forced
to
cancel
their remaining schedule
of
races for 1986. Jim
Webb
stated,
"AMSA
is
still
pursuing insurance coverage for 1987,
but
the situation does
not
look good.
The
problem
is
more
severe in the long course, desert type races, where the
.
short
course, controlled spectator type races are
not
a problem. Insurance
is
not
the only
problem
we are,faced with in the sport,
but
until AMSA can
solve the problems and gain driver and sponsor support, it has
no
other
option
but
to suspend racing operations at this time."
Webb
went
on
to
describe how the
1986
Desert Championship points
series winners would be paid.
He
announced a special meeting planned for
early January 1987 for all drivers, sponsors, and interested parties. He plans
then
to
discuss the future
of
the
sport
and AMSA. Jim signed the letter
by
saying,
"Thank
you for your
support
over the last 12 years, and
we
hope for a
brighter future,
With
your support,
we
will have it."
It
is
sad
to
think about
off
road racing
without
the fun style AMSA
events. But, Jim and Joanne
Webb
have inv¢sted enormous amounts
of
time
and money in their events, which in recent years have seen lower and lower
entries and higher and higher organizational costs. Hopefully the meeting in
the New Year will point AMSA back into racing with a brighter prospect
of
real support from the racers and the industry.
MICKEY
THOMPSON
announced, right
on
press time, the news
of
a most
exciting young driver coming into his
off
road stadium series next year. Al
Unser, Jr. will tackle the lumps and jumps
of
the MTEG series behind the
wheel
of
a Jeep Comanche in the
Grand
National truck competition. Dick
Landfield 's
Enduro
Racing organization will maintain the
Stroh'
s Jeep for the
series. Little Al
should
bring
out
some real press coverage for the opening
salvo
of
the 1987 Mickey
Thompson
series
on
January 10.
SCIDA
RACERS; MEET
OUTLAW!
The
Outlaw Mini Stock Racing
Association will have a full, eight to ten race schedule in 1987, running from
April through October.
The
home base
is
Bakersfield Speedway,
but
other
tracks in negotiation are Ascot, Ventura, Santa Maria, Kings and Baylands.
The
Outlaw M.S.R.A. runs the quarter mile dirt oval.
With
minor
modifications, SCIDA cars can be very competitive. In fact, a SCIDA sprint
buggy won the 1986 championship. M.S.R.A.
is
a growing organization,
currently with 25 cars in regular competition.
If
this type
of
racing in the dirt
is
your bag,
don't
call us,
we
have told you all
we
know. Contact either Neal
Beissert
or
Rick
Pazanowski, Mini Stock Racing Association, P.O. Box 204,
Palos Verdes Estates,
CA
90274.
AffENTION
DESERT
RACERS
DUSTY
TIMES
has
contingency
money
posted
at
all Score
and
·
HDRA
desert
races. Check
it
out
on
contingency
row
- Two
different
classes each event.
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oad Award Ballot
RULES FOR VOTING
1.
Only
ONE
nominee
per
category
2.
To
be
eligible
to
v9te,
you
must
be
a
current
SCORE
member,
HORA
member,
Contingency
Sponsor,
or
member
of
the
active
automotive
press. ·
3.
All
ballots
must
be
received
at
SCORE
no
later
than
Wedne
1
sday,
December
10, 1986
to
be
counted
in
the
balloting.
MAIL
TO
SCORE
INTERNATION~L.
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Via
Colinas,
Suite
111,
Westlake
Village,
CA
91362.
4.
Only the official
voting
ballot will
be
acceptfd· Any copy o
ri
facsimile
bf
this ballot ~ _ill NOT
be
accepted.
5.
Only ONE official voting ballot per person o/ill
be
accepted.
6.
No "Write-ins" allowed. I
NOTE:
Full -time SCORE officials nominated have been elilT)inated from the voting ballot
as
they are not
eligible for
an
award. . . I
SCORE/HORA
CONTINGENCY
COMPANY
OF
THE
YEAR
D
Bridgestone
D
Valvoline
D
Toyota
D
Bilstein
D
Armstrong
Tire
D
P.C.I.
Inc.
D
Fram
-
Autolite
·
D
Trick
D
Dodge
D
IPF
Lights
D
Rough
Country
D
Doug
Thorley
D
Bosch
D
Sports
Gas
D
B&M
Automotive
D
Summers
Bros
.
D
Downey
Off
Road
D
Ford
D
Chevrolet
D
Jeep
D
Firestone
D
Super
Boot
D
S&S
Headers
D
General
Tire
·
on
Oirt
D
Fox
Facto!'¥
D
Champion
Spark
Plugs
D
Pennzoil
D
Chenowth
D
Hella
D
R.H.L.
Enterprises
D
Goodyear
D
Ford
Motorsport
D
BFGoodrich
D
K.C.
Hilites
D
Yokohama
Tire
D
Nissan
D
Pro
Gas
D
K&N
D
H.P
.S.
D
Jamar
D
Art
Carr
MOTORCYCLE
MANUFACTURER
OF
THE
YEAR
D
Honda
D
Kawasaki
D
Yamaha
D
Husky
'
D
Suzuki
D
ATK
D
KTM
D
M-Star
ORIGINAL
BUGGY
CHASSIS
MANUFACTURER
OF
THE
YEAR
(Classes
1.
1/2-1600,
2.
9,
10
&
Challenger)
D
Mirage
D
Raceco
D
High
Jumper
D
O.R.E.
D
Palmer
D
Chaparral
D
Chenowth
D
Bunderson
D
Funco
D
Jimco
OFF-ROAD
4-WHEEL
DRIVE
MANUFACTURER
OF
THE
YEAR
(Classes
3,
4)
Chevrolet
D
Toyota
D
Dodge
·
D
Ford
D
Nissan
AMC/Jeep
OFF-ROAD
SEDAN
MANUFACTURER
OF
THE
YEAR
(Classes
6,
6S)
D
Oldsmobile
Ford
Chevrolet
D
Dodge
v.w.
D
Saab
Nissan
I
OFF-ROAD
MINI
PICKUP
TRUCK
MANUFACTURER
OF
THE
YEAR
(Classes
7,
7S,
7
4x4)
D
Ford
D
AMC/Jeep
D
Nissan
Mazda
Toyota
D
Dodge
D
Chevr
·
olet
I
OFF-ROAD
PICKUP
TRVCK
MANUFACTURER
OF
THE
YEAR
.
(Class
8)
D
Chevrolet
D
Dodge
D
Ford
D
AMC/Jeep
OFF-ROAD
ENGINE
BUILDER
OF
THE
YEAR
D
Keith
Black
D
Bill
Stroppe
D
Ryan
Falkner
D
Darrell
Jacques
Don
McCrey
Bob
McKray
Larry
Bitcon
Jack
Bayer
D
Peter
Perry
D
Louie
Unser
D T.R.D.
Jim
Patelli
Bob
Goshen
Mike
Evans
Larry
May
Bob
Gordon
·
D
Kleen
Rev-Power
D
Randall
Racing
F.A.T.
D
Bill
Varnes
D
Husky
·
Leon
Patton
D
Volker
Bruckmann
D
Don
Hatz
D
Jon
Kennedy
D
Dave
Head
D
Clark
West
D
Butch
Dean
D
Honda
D
Car
Craft
Lee
Leighton
Jim
Wolfe
Toysport
D
German
Auto
D
Auto-Craft
I "
OVERALL
MECHANIC
OF
THE
YEAR
Bill
Stroppe
D
13rian
Stewart
.
D
!Joey
Moore
D
Don
Gibson
D
John
Johnson
1
Uon
Nelson
· D
Reggie
Smith
Billy
Reed
.
Scott
Matlein
· D
Jeff
Arneson
Don
Spethman
D
Cal
Wells
D
Scott
McKenzie
Randy
Anderson
D
Bob
Corbett
D
Mike
Hardeng
D
John
Ray
D
Larry
Bitcon
D
Rudy
Haiba
D
Frank
Ferraro
D
Ron
Fleming
D
David
Kreisler
D
Eric
E.
Arras
D
Butch
Dean
D
Harry
Sladwick
D
Craig
Stewart
D
Jim
Doyle
D
Chuck
Johnson
D
Jim
Connors
Phil
Page
D
Eric
Hoolie
D
Chuck
Wade
D
Steve
Spirkoff
D
Don
Tebbe
D
Gary
Johnson
Jim
Patelli
D
Russ
Weinermont
.
Darrell
Jacques
Gregg
Lewin
D
Bob
Goshen
OFF-ROAD
PHOTOGRAPHER
OF
THE
YEAR
D
Trackside
Scott
Soto
D
Rick
Sieman
Hot
Shot
Paula
Murphy
D
Bruce
Simurda
D
Larry
Reyes
D
Centerline
D '
Tom
Rosian
D
3-D
Photo
Judy
Smith
/
Lane
Evans
D
Andrea
Wade
D
Paul
Leedy
D
Mike
Rehler
D
Stewart
Bourdon
D
Henry
Kuyper
D
Lou
Peralta
D
Action
Photo
D ·
Jean
Calvin
D
L.B
.
GP
D I
Danny
McKenzie
D
Bruce
Smith
,
Pete
Biro
Kirk
Naylor
D ,
Chris
Naylor
OFF-ROAD
JOURNALIST
OF
THE
YEAR
D
Judy
Smith
D
Pat
Ram
D
Walt
Schwalbe
D
Off
Road
Magazine
D
Stan
Parnell
D
Russ
Biswell
D
Shav
Glick
Jean
Calvin
D
Tom
Rosian
D
Pattie
Hammer
D
On
Dirt
D
Bill
Sanders
D
Lane
Evans
D
Jeff
Walters
D
Tom
Hamilton
D
Tim
Carlson
D
Marsha
Collier
D
Lou
Peralta
D
Dick
Johnson
·
D
Stewart
Bourdon
D
Steve
Campbell
· D
Athie
Sanders
D
Bill
Center
D
Jim
Short
D
Dusty
Times
D
Gordon
,
Morris
D
Bruce
Smith
D
Joe
Stephan
Daryl
D.
Drake
D
Tom
Owens
ENTRY
SPONSOR
OF
THE
YEAR
D
Gordon
Feed
Toyota
D
Ford
D
Budweiser
Barbary
Coast
Hotel
McDonald's-T.
Spiel
Vernon
Roberts
D
MacPherson
Chevy
_
D
Chief
Auto
Parts
D
Yokohama
D
Nissan
D
Downey
Off-Road
Sierra
Auto
Recycling
D
Dodge
D
Bilstein
D
FAT.
D
Chenowth
D
McMillin
Uniden
Radio
D
B&B
Sounds
D
Vessels
Stallion
Farms
D
BFGoodrich
D
Coors
D
Max
Razo
D
Firestone
D
Stiles
Racing
D
Club
13
D
On
Dirt
K.C
. Hilites
D
Goodyear
Miller
Hussongs
South
Coast
Heating
& A/C
Griffins
Racing
Rad.
D
Larry
Minor
Racing
PIT
SUPPORT
TEAM
OF
THE
YEAR
Checkers
D
MacPherson
D
Chapala
Dusters
SNRS
D
Bill
Stroppe
Razo
·
Racing
F.A.I.R
.
McDonald's
Goodyear
D
Randall
D
Howard
Rosenhower
D
Los
Campeones
D
Walker
Evans
D
Husky
D
McMiliin
BFGoodrich
D
Arciero
Racing
D
Larry
Minor
D
Mag
7
D
Jimco
D
Precision
Prep.
Inc.
D
C.O.R.E
.
D
Sp
irit
Racing
D
Lasor
ROOKIE
OF
THE
YEAR
D
Robbie
Gordon
Chris
Robinson
D
Don
Yosten
D
Dennis
Fry
Dick
Johnson
Lou
Peralta
Rich
Minga
D Jeff
Bolha
D
Mike
Burns
Willy
Higman
Dave
Anckner
D
Matt
Pike
D
Steve
Lakin
D
Stan
Howton
.
Danny
Ashcraft
Brian
Stewart
D
Greg
Weyhrich
D
Willie
Melancon
D
Morley
Williams
D
Jeff
Papple
D
Cameron
Steele
Tom
Fetters
D T
udy
Esquerra
Karlinda
Geiler
D
Max
Razo
D
Aaron
Norris
PERSON
OF
THE
YEAR
D
Dave
Shoppe
D
Walker
Evans
D
Vance
Scott
D
Ivan
Stewart
D
Joe
Aguirre
Frank
Arciero
Jr.
D
Manny
Esquerra
D
Louie
Unser
D
Mose
Nowland
Steve
Tetrick
D
Frank
DeAngelo
Roger
Mears
Bob
Hines
Cal
Wells
D
Dick
Johnson
D
Jim
Sickles
D
Steve
Millen
D
Stan
Parnell
D
Jim
Doyle
Dick
Ralstin
Don
Yosten
D
Mike
Lund
Bob
Renz
D
John
Files
D
Mark
Steele
D
Corky
McMillin
Bob
Summers
D
Bob
Mount
D
Eric
Arras
Jim
Fricker
D
Larry
Sc~wacofer
D
Bob
Steinberger
D
Ron
Fleming
D
Rich
Minga
D
Jerry
McDonald
Gregg
Symonds
Dave
Simpson
D
Willie
Valdez
Max
Razo
D
Don
Adams
D
Jack
Johnson
0
Rod
Hall
D
Sid
Spradling
D
Louise
Reider
Mark
Thurber
Gregg
Aronson
D
Jim
Moses
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Arras
&
Anckner
Peterson,
Goldbaum
&
Mears
Rick
&
John
Hagle
Five
Baja
winners
had
1000
reasons
to
use
Yokohamas.
Those
1000
reasons
were
found
in
some
of
the
nastiest
terrain
the
Mexico
trail
had
to
throw
at
us.
And
Yokohama
fought
back
with
five
Class
winners
in
the
grueling
Baja
1000.
Taking
a
first
in
Class
10
and
leading
the
Yokohama
contingent
were
Rick
and
John
Hagle.
Their
victory
increased
their
lead
in
the
Class
10
points
race
and
put
them
in
the
running
for
the
overall
HORA/SCORE
Series
Championship.
In
Class
1/2-1600,
the
three
man
team
of
Art
Peterson,
Richard
Goldbaum
and
Roger
Mears,
Jr.
brought their
Yokohama
shod
ORE
to
the
finish
line
first.
For
Mears,
the
win
came
in
his
first-ever
Baja
·
race.
In
domf n·
ant
fashion,
the
team
of
Max
Razo,
John
Johnson
and
Don
Robertson
took
Razo's
Yokohama
equipped
Baja
bug
to
Class
5
victory
M
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·
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by
over
three
hours.
The
win
gave
Johnson
a
record
10
class
victories
in
the
Baja
1000.
A
Riding
the
Yokohama
Baja
bug
to
a
hotly
con-
tested
victory
in
the
5-1600
Class
were
Henry
Arras
and
David
Anckner.
Having
a
big
hand
in
their
first
place
finish
were
their
Yokohama
tires.
They
managed
to
complete
the
entire
1013
mile
rock
strewn
course
without
any
flat
tires.
Rounding
out
the
field
of
Yokohama
Class
winners
were
,
Todd
Francis
and
ti
Brian
Johnson.
They
drove
their
1200cc
single
seat
Chenowth
car
to
Class
9
victory.
Razo,
Johnson
&
Robertson
This
year
Yokohama
off-road
tires
have
been
equipped
on
more
HORA/SCORE
Class
winners
than
any
other
tire
brand.
Which
is
just
another
of
the
many
reasons
Jo
choose
the
best
light truck
tire
the
market
has
to
offer.
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BAJA
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By
Jean Calvin
Photos
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Photo
Enterprises
Mark
McMillir
WiJs
it all
with
Porsche
Power
champs
of
the race, were in the
ball
game
here,
another
20
minutes
out,
followed in half an
hour
by
the
Funco
of
Bud
Feldkamp
and
Ron
Gardner,
who
retired here with a lack
of
steering
due
to
a close encounter
with a tree.
Ten
of
the
13 starters
were still running.
Check 7 was just ·
north
of
Guerrero
Negro · at Villa Jesus
Maria,
and
at this
point
I van
· Stewart had the
Toyota
back
up
front,
about
15
minutes ahead
of
Larry Noel,
who
was next
on
the
road
but
a
couple
minutes
behind
Mark
McMillin
on
elapsed time. Sourapas/Richard-
son
were hanging tough, another
15
minutes back,
and
no
other
Class 1 was in the next hour.
Tom
Koch
had
troubles right
from
the
start,
and
Gregg
Symonds/ Bob Richardson
hit
a
cow,
then
lost the steering box,
and
bought
one
from
the
wrecking yard at Catavina,
out
of
an Oldsmobile.
. face
of
all. His time
of
18:26.28
was
good
for
' seco"nd.
overall
, behind just
one
bike. Six· rriore
cars finished in Class
1,
well back
on
time. Gregg Symonds and
Bob Richardson came through
their problems
to
place second,
·
about
hours behind, and in
another
five hours and change
Tim
Kennedy got his Chaparral
home
third,
about
50
minutes
ahead
of
Steve Sourapas/Dave
Richardson, who
had
. a rash
of
problems. In
another
hour
40
minutes,
Jerry
Whe
'
lchel
and
Greg
George
took
fifth
in
a
Funco,
not
bad for a pair
of
short
course racers. In another
hour
Rafael
Ruanova
finished,
an'd
Tom
Koch was seventh, taking
40: 18
to
make the finish line,
half
of
that
time spent making
repairs.
Next
off
the start, Class 2 was
18 strong, and it was a powerful '
entry, with only two falling
out
before
the
first
check
.
Time
·
Mark
McMillin
,
with
Ralph
Paxton
co-driving
,
got
the
biggest
prize
of
all
,
first
overall
at
the
Baja
1000
to
La
Pa
z.
Close
all
the
way
,
the
winning
Chenowth
took
the
lead
in
the
last
200
mites
and
sailed into
the
finish, first
on
the
road
and
on
time
.
. Stewart kept
on
trucking in the
lead through San Ignacio, Check
9, and
onto
the famous beach
run.
McMillin,
with
Ralph
Paxton driving relief, dropped a
little
time,
but
held
second,
followed by Sourapas and Noel,
who
were close.
Over
the beach
into
La Purisirria,
Noel
was
missing; and he was apparently
lost in the fog, and said
to
have
been stuck
on
the beach for a day
and
a half. Stewart here had only
four minutes
on
Mark
McMillin,
and,
other
than
the
Class
2
leaders, nobody else was within
hours.
· reports from the first
third
of
the
course
are
sketchy,
but
pit
reports say Malcolm Smith was
first
on
the rqad at
Check
3.
By
Santa Ines there was a real race in
progress.
Corky
McMillin/ Brian
Ewalt were first
on
the road
there, just two minutes ahead
of
Malcolm Smith/ Perry McNeil,
who were less than a minute
ahead
of
Bob
Gordon
/
Tim
Crabtree, who had Bob Richey/
Tom
Baker
"just
a couple minutes
The
magic was back in spades
for the 1986 edition
of
the Score
Baja 1000, sponsored in
part
by
Pemex, the Mexican National oil
company.
The
traditional route
from Ensenada
to
La
Paz
excited
the racers from all over the globe,
and it brought
out
some unusual
entries, like a
4x4
Rolls Royce
and
an
Audi
Quattro,
mixed
among the
more
conventional
off
road race cars.
The
odd
vehicles
harked back
to
the
olden
days,
15 years ago, when people went
to
race
"the
Baja" in everything
from a side hack
to
a
motor
home.
While
the
entry for the Baja
1000
has
not
been super strong
in
recent years, the racers
turned
out
in
force
for
the
1986
trek,
this
round
well over
1000
miles.
Including
all
the
motorcycle
engined classes, the total entry
on
the starting line
numbered
240,
and
of
that
178
were in
the
car
classes,
an
increase
of
25
cars
over last year's loop 1000.
Of
the
starters, 112 cars and a total
of
143 entries made it
to
the finish
line in La
Paz
under the
42
hour
time allowance.
Race
activity
started
on
Wednesday, November 5 with
registration,
tech
and
contin-
gency inspections in Ensenada.
Adding'
to
the fun
of
the several
block long rows
of
contingency
donors, a huge turnout, was a
bonus
for racers at registration.
While
they did have to wait in yet
another line
to
get a Mexican
tourist visa, they also got a nifty
carryall piece
of
luggage with a
race plaque
on
it from Pemex,
two
per
entry,
and
a case
of
oil.
.
The
bags are a keen
and
useful
memento
of
the
race,
and
providing
two
to
each entry is a
class touch.
By
evening Ensenada
was
half
empty
as
the
pit
crews
headed south
to
be
on
station.
Only
a few
minor
course changes
were announced at the drivers'
C'
1arging
through
the
Boojum
trees,
Bob
Gordon and
Tim
Crabtree
were
in
c--ntention for
the
overall
win,
took
second
overall by less
than
two
minutes
ana
won
Class
2 convincingly
in
the
sleek
Chenowth
Magnum.
Page
10
meeting, one that was already
blockaded
by
the local folk near
El Arco.
Thursday morning the bikes
and
A
TVs
left
around
six,
and
the first car was away at 7
:30
a.m.
It
was
Ivan
Stewart
in
the
modified
Toyota
truck
who was
first
off
the line, and Stewart had
a good
shot
at a win, with a
dust
free
run
through
the
dust
bowls
of
the early miles.
Reports
are that Stewart held
his first
on
the
road
spot
through
Valle Trinidad
and
Mike's Sky
Ranch. Pit folks say he was still
out
front, leading Class 1 at Santa
Maria, about 350 miles
down
course.
Two
Class
ls
failed
to
make the first check, Bob Renz
did
not
get to the Sky Ranch,
and
the front runners were tight
at
Check
5,
Santa Ines. There Larry
Noel
had his Chaparral
in
a slim,
couple minute lead over Stewart,
'
and
merely eight
odd
minutes
J back was Mark McMillin in the
Porsche
powered
Chenowth.
Steve Sourapas/Dave Richard-
son,
the
defending
overall
At
Check 11, Constitucion,
180
miles from pay dirt, Ivan
Stewart still led,
but
pit folks said
his
engine
sounded
rough
.
Indeed it might have, because the
Toyota
soon
stopped
with engine
trouble, unfixable by the chase
crew, putting an
end
to
Ivan's
bid
to
score another Baja 1000
Iron
Man
victory.
About
20
minutes ·
later
Mark
McMillin
cleared
Check
11, just inches ahead
of
Bob
Gordon's
Class 2 Chenowth,
and
the
race was
on
between
these
two
drivers for the overall
victory.
First car
to
La
Paz,
first overall
and
in
Class 1, was the white
Chenowth
of
Mark
McMillin,
who
also
won
Class 1 last year.
Always close with
the
new single
seat car, built late last year,
Mark
finally got the big prize, first
overall at the
most
prestigeous
. back in their dust.
in
the next
few
.
minutes
were
Dave
Kreisler
/
Curley
Nobles,
Raceco,
and
Chris
Robinson
in
the
Olds
Calais funny car.
Not
much
changed in the next
two checks in Class 2, with the
contest still a matter
of
mere
minutes
up
front.
At
San Ignacio
Bob
Gordon
had
about
seven
minutes
lead
over
Corky
McMillin,
and
Smith
/
McNeil
were
about
18
more
minutes
, back. Both Richey and Kreisler
I were still in the
hunt
too. S
ix
teen
made it this far,
but
the cars
of
Frank
Arciero,
Jr.
and
Len
Newman went no farther. In fact,
the Lear Jet
of
Newman's
co,
driver,
Mike
Gaughan
crash
landed at San Ignacio Interna-
tional, which may be why the car
stayed there.
Positions moved
around
some
in the tide pools,
and
at Check
10
Gordon
had the biggest lead
of
the entire Class 2 race, about 16
minutes.
Corky
McMillin was
next,
and
Smith/McNeil
were
Surviving
many
perils along
the
way
,
Gregg
Symonds
and
Malcolm Smith
and
Perry
McNeil
teamed
in
the
fancy
Bob
Richardson
made
it,a
1-2
punch for
Porsche
power
in
Renault powered
ORE
to
zip
home
a strong
second
in
Class
-1 · taking second
in
class
in
the
ORE.
Class
2
and
third overall
in
cars
, ·
December
1986
Dusty
Times
over an
hour
later. Mortenson
and
Welch
were
another
55
minutes down in fourth,
but
five
hours ahead
of
the
Tom
Bradleys,
father and son, in a Chaparral,
who were solid in fifth place.
Walker Evans
had
rio serious problems with his
dandy
Dodge,
and
Evan's took
the Class 8 lead after Santa Ines,
and
kept on
trucking
to win Class 8
by
hours.
It
was
-a tight dice all the way in Class
10,
and
at
the checkered flag Rick and John
Hagle got the job done, taking the victory
by
a good margin in their Raceco.
As usual, Class 1-2-1600 was
the largest in the race at
20
starters. This bid fair
to
be a close
battle, and so it was for a time.
The
first
reports
came
from
Santa
Ines,
about
340
miles
down course. Here the
ORC
of
Art
Peterson, Richard Goldbaum
and Roger Mears, Jr.
was
first on
the road, with the Bunderson
of
Jack Ramsay/
Don
Hatz and the
Mirage
of
Rob
Tolleson
/ Bill
Varnes next in the same minute,
just two minutes back. A
few
more
minutes back were
both
Willy
Higman
/
Mitch
Mitchell
and David Bufe/ Kermit Rima,
and this was a very tight contest.
One
of
the few
different
leaders in Class
10,
William
and
Michael Church
ended up losing time on _the last leg
and
had
to settle
for
second in,the
competitive class.
breathing down·his tail pipe.
The
close times are incredible after so
many miles, and the group stayed
tight.
At
Constitucion,
with
Stewart . out,
Gordon/Crabtree
had the overall lead over Mark
McMillin according
to
the time
charts. Corky was still second in
class with Smith close in third,
and Kreisler was close also.
The
Bob
Gordon
/
Tim
Crab-
tree Chenowth flew down the
last
180
miles, and won Class 2
handily, arriving a mere minute,
54
seconds
on
ET behind Mark
McMillin
for
a
keen
second
overall in cars. Malcolm Smith
and Perry McNeil
turned
up
the.
wick
on
the
ORE,
despite
a
slipping clutch, and
took
second
in
Class
2
and
third
overall,
merely
2 7
minutes
behind
Gordon
. Corky McMillin and
crew were
third
in
class, fourth
overall,
another
16
minutes
back. Dave Kreisler and Curley
Nobles
.
came
back
to
place
fourth, fifth overall in the Raceco
pickup
.
Of
note
is
that
Jim
Hunter,
from
Australia,
and
Randy Salmont, finished fifth in ·
Class 2 in one
of
the ex
PJ
Chevy
Blazers.
In the next twelve
hours
the
rest
of
the
Class
2
finishers
arrived, with tales
of
woe,
but
14
out
of
the
original 18 made the
finish line, including the Candy
Cane
Raceco
of
the
Walter
Prince team who were 14th.
A full eleven started in Class 8,
and
right
from
Ensenada
the
battle
was
between
Frank
-
Vessels/Gary
Pace,
Chevrolet,
·
and
Walker
Evans,
Dodge
. .
Contender Steve Kelley left the
start with
no
oil pressure, and got
to
Check 3 before the engine let
go in the Chevy.
At
Santa Ines
Frank Vessels was first
on
the
road
with a 16 minute lead
on
Walker
Evans.
The
next truck, .
about an
hour
back, was the Ford
of
Brian Stewart and Charlotte
Corral, about 2 7 minutes ahead
of
the
Larry
Wilcox
/
Dale
Sexton Ford, and the others were
way back, including contender
Dave Shoppe who had serious
transmission trouble.
Out
of
Santa
Ines
Vessels
retired with engine trouble, and
that
was
the
Class
8
race
.
'-Nobody was close
to
Walker
Evans,
nor
did
they get close,
as
he held at least a two
hour
margin
all the way
south
to
La
Paz
. Evans
and his Dodge
took
the Class 8
victory by well over three hours, ·
and went fast enough
to
score
eighth overall in cars.
Walke,:-
was another repeat winner from
1985 and a happy man in La
Paz.
Nearly
all
the
Class
8s
had
trouble \llong.the route, and most
of
them spent time stuck in the
tide
pools
.
on
the
beach,
a
common delay in most classes.
At
the finish, a team from La
Paz,
Marco
Antonio
Lopez Cinco and
Rafael Pulido,
took
second in
Class 8 in a Ford, and the local
folks truly celebrated.
Brian Stewart kept
on
trucking
in
the
Corral
Ford
to
finish a fine
third
in Class 8, less than an
hour
later, and Brian
no
longer needs ·
to
be referred
to
as
Ivan Stewart's
son ... he
is
· a racer in his own
right. Larry Wilcox and Dale
Sexton nailed fourth, about an
hour
ahead
of
Dave Shoppe, who
struggled home
to
get fifth place
points. Also finishing were Steve
McEachern, Bruce Kawell and
Juan Hussong, and eight
out
of
the eleven starters finished, a real
truck record.
A
baker's
dozen
started
in
Class 10,
but
five were
down
and
out
by Santa .Maria.
The
front
runners were truly in a tight pack
all the way
to
Santa Ines, and we
have
no
time records before that.
There Steve
Tetrick
and Fred
Ronn
had the
ORE
in the lead
on
the road by seconds over the
Funco
of
Roger Mortenson and
Russ Welch, and the
Mortenson
car was probably leading Class
10
on
ET.
About
a
dozen
minutes back, the Racecos
of
Bill
and Mike
Church
and Rick and
John
Hagle were also in a dead
heat on time, well ahead
of
the
rest
of
the pack.
Moving
on
to
Check
7,
Tetrick/Ronn
now had a good
lead
for
this
class,
about
15
minutes over Mortenson/Welch.
The
Church
team was just a few
minutes back, with the Hagles
just a
few
more
minutes behind,
and the race tightened
up
to
a
four horse dash. Dwight Lundell
vanished after this check,
but
the
seven left running all finished the
race.
By
San
Ignacio
positions
scrambled.
The
Church Raceco
was a
few
minutes ahead
of
the
Hagles. Tetrick and Ronn, and
. Mortenson and Welch were tight
too.
Over
the now
foggy
beach
and deep tide pools, ·
most
of
them had some trouble,
and
the
order
was set
at
Check 11. Rick
and
John
Hagle took the lead
there
by
16
minutes over Bill and
Mike Church, while
both
Tetrick
Gorky
McMillin
and
Brian Ewalt
had
a
good
day in the
always strong Chenowth/Porsche, finishing
third
in Class
2 and fourth overall
car
.
Home town drivers from La
Paz
, Marco Lopez and Rafael
Pulido came back from troubles
to
pull
into the finish,
second in Class 8 in their
Forcf.
Dusty
Times
December
-
1986
-and Mort~nson
we~e
digging
out
of
the tide pools.
Rick and
John
Hagle held their
-~
ead
in
the
final
miles
and
rought
the
Raceco
to
the
checkered flag first in Class 10,
15th
overall, and the brothers
~ad
not
pre-run the course! Bill
and
Mike
Church
nailed second
by a bunch and
18th
overall,
arriving
22
minutes
behind.
'Tetrick
and
Ronn
dug
out
the
fastest and were third in class,
At
Check 7 the Peterson car
had several minutes lead over
Ramsay
/ Hatz,
while
Tolleson
dropped
an
hour
with electrical
trouble.
Hayward
Mendenhall
and
John
Alabaster were next in a
tight dice, and the time · report
here and from San Ignacio
is
not
complete
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Racing
into
the
twilight
, Brian Stewart
and
Charlotte Corral kept
the Ford together in fine style and came in a
solid
third
in Class
8.
The
highest
placed
Mexican team in the race,
Bill
Rodriguez and
. Carlos lribe scored
third
in Class 1-2-1600 in their
potent
Jimco.
Four
drivers, Stan Parnell; Dave Wood, Reggie Smith and Roger
Roderick drove the Bitcon Bug to a fine second in Class 5 despite
a few problems.
Robertson arrived and the car
went
on
.
Johnson
laughed when
he said Robertson was one of
those who got lost
on
the beach.
However, the Klawitter Bug hit
the beach, and a tide pool, an:l
promptly got stuck, also drown-
ing the engine.
It
took
the chase
crew four hours
to
get to the
Bug,
pull it
out
of
the
hole and get
it
running.
The
three'man team
of
Art
Peterson, Ri
chard
Goldbaum and Roger Mears,
Jr
.
puffed
off
the biggest win
for
purse, taking the victory in Class 1-2-1600 and
_12th
overalfby
20 minutes.
Jack Ramsay
and
Don Hatz clear a cattle
guard
in the Bunderson, en route to
second in Class 1-2-1600,
and
the points to
put
Ramsay in a
big
lead
for
overall
series honors.
At
Check
11
i:he
Razo Bug
was
in command, leading by hours,
and it stayed there
to
pay dirt.
The
Razo, Johnson, Robertson
team, with Craig Stewart, who
race preps the car, riding most of
the distance, won by almost three
hours
and
the
'y
were
11th
overall. It was the tenth class .
vic,tory
on
the Baja 1000 race for
09'-
on
this class. Tolleson's
Mirage retired after San Ignacio
with
electrical
and
other
troubles, detailed in
the
Soap
Box column by Bill Varnes.
Over
the beach
to
Check
10
at
La
Purisima
the
herd
fought
through the fog. Ramsay· and
Peterson were tight at this point,
putting good time
on
the
field,
now down
to
14. But, they all
made it
to
La
Paz.
·
Hauling fast
down
the rough
run, Roger Mears, Jr. got the
In
thrill
of
b~ing in the winning car
over
'
the
La
Paz -finish
line,
bringing
the
Art
Peterson
/
Richard
Goldbaum
team; 1and
himself the big victory in qlass
1-2-1600,1 and beating all I
the
Class
10
cars
to
the finish.
The
crew placed a smart
12th
overall,
unusual for a restricted. engine
·
car
on
such
a
horsepower
demanding course.
Only
20 minutes back Jack
Ramsay and
Don
Hatz garnered
second
spot
and enough double
points
to
keep Jack in the overall
points lead in the
1986
desert
series,
and
they
were
14th
overall, also ahead
of
the Class
10 winners. Nearly another
hour
back, the Mexican team
of
Bill
Rodriguez and Carlos lribe
took
third
in class, 1 ½
hour
ahead
of
Hayward Mendenhall and Gary
Gilbert,
Raceco.
Just
another
four minutes down, David Bufe
and
Kermit
Rima
got
the
Chenowth in for fifth spot.
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1986
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entry
of
14,
but
five were
out
of
the picture by Check 3.
The
up
front group had a good dice going
to
Santa
Ines,
as
the
Max
Razo/
John
Johnson
Bug
had
about a minute lead
on
Hartmut
and
Wolfram
Klawitter.
Stan
Parnell/Dave
Wood
were about
half an
hour
back, and in another
halfhour,Jim
Cocores, then Mel
Vaughan passed the check.·
At
San Ignacio
John
Johnson
arrived with a good lead,
but
relief driver
Don
Robertson was
caught in highway traffic.
John
did extra pit work, cleaning
out
the filters and so
on
. Finally,
about 20 minutes later, Razo and
·
John
Johnson, those wins coming
. in a wide variety
of
classes. Stan
Parnell,
Dave
Wood,
Roger
Roderick and Reggie Smith came
to
the fore in the waning stages to
score second in Class 5. Nick
Firestone/Rich Carbafal slid into
third, nearly two hours later, just
four
minutes
ahead
of
Mel
Vaughan and
Dan
Reynolds who
were almost three hours ahead
of
the Klawitters; Trailing by more
hours, Jim Cocores
and
Dave
Snoddy salvaged a sixth place
finish.
A hefty 1 7
took
the
green flag
in
Class
5-1600,
gr-
The
winning
trio
in Class 5 was Max Razo, John Johnson
and
Don Robertson,
who
pulled
off
the victory
by
hours, and placed eleventh overall.
It
was a close dice in Class 5-1600,
but
Dave
Anckner
and Henry Arras
pulled
out
the victory
by
23 minutes when the checkered flag fell in
La
Paz
.
Dusty Times
HO
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Clinches
SCOREIHDRA
Class
7
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Championship.
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--
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When
you
run
away
with
the
Class
7
4x4
Championship,
you've
beaten
LIi
the
toughest
circuit
and
the
toughest
compact
4x4
pickups
in
all
the
West
And
in
1986,
the
winner
wore
a
red
bovvtie.
Jerry
MacDonald's
success
on
the
1986
SCORE/HORA
rac
i
ng
campaign
trail
didn't
~ome
by
taking
Easy
Street
It
came
one
punishing
race
at
a
time.
His
3,500-mile
march
through
the
desert
included
first-place
finishes
for
the
Team
McPherson/Southern
California
Chevy
Dealers
S-1
O
at
the
Parker
400,
the
Great
Mojave
250,
the
Mint
400
and
the
Frontier
500
.
All
in
a
truck
that's
simply
a
modified
version
of
the
same
S-10
you
see
on
.
the
street
Same
powerful
2.8
Liter
V6
and
4-speed
automatic
with
overdrive
available
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Road
competition
the
grounds
for
proving
one
simple
point:
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works
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second,
only
23 minutes back
at
the
flag.
William
and
Steve
Taylor
recovered
from
their
down
time
to
place
third,
3½
hours
back
.
John
Howard
and
Judy
Smith
were
another
hour
down,
but
slid·
in
fourth
spot
in
their
never-raced-before
Bug,
followed
in
by
Ernesto
and
Alfredo
Arambula.
Class
5-1600
held
the
absolute
last overall car
as
John
Sundstrom
·
and
Roy
Sherrill
took
41
ho
urs
,
46
minutes
and
33
seconds
to
get
·
their
finishing
pin
.
No
doubt
this
.
team
from
Phoenix
was glad
just
to
get
to
La
Paz.
.
Defending points champ Mike Lesle, with R.C. Jones co-driving, stayed in
contention in Class 5-1600 all the way, and ended up in second spot.
Matt Pike drove dad's Ramcharger, with Gale starting the race this round, and
the Pikes stayed with the program to win Class 3 honors
by
over.40 minutes.
Class 3 held seven rigs, a big
number
for
this waning class.
Some
of
them
had
a · real race
going for a time,
and
all seven
qi.ade it as far as
San
Ignacio,
quite
a
performance
.
Time
reports
on
this class are
almost
nil,
butthe
word
is
that
the
Jeep
of
Buck
Griffin
and
Don
Coffland
was first
on
the
road
at
Check
3. All
but
one
rig were
within
the
same
hour
at
Santa
Ines . .Most
had
been
down
for
repairs along
the
way,
but
they all
soldieted
on,
with only one, Dick
Sasser, failing
to
get across
the
beach.
At
Check
9 it was tight for
the
lead
with
the
Jeep
Cherokee
of
Don
Ad
a
ms
holding
just
a few
minutes
on
the
Dodge
Ram-
Second
generation
drivers,
Nick
Firestone
and
Rich
Carabajal,
pulled
up smartly in the waning legs to finish
third in Class 5 action.
William and Steve Taylor were in the
5-1600
hunt
in
the
early
going
, dropped a
bunch
of
time,
but
came back
strong
to
finish third. ·
C.-.
and
a
nifty
dozen finished
the
race.
At
the
Santa
Ines check Mike Lesle/
R.
C.
Jones
had
the
lead
by
just
a
few minutes
over
Dave_
Anckner
/ as this class really
strung
out.
At
Henry
Arras.
Bill
and
Steve
Check
7
Anckner
/
Arras
had
a
Taylor
were
running
third,
slim,
couple
minutes
lead
over
almost
an
hour
behind
the
leader
Lesle
/ J
ones
,
the
Taylors
held
TO
Allt
THE
BFGOODRIGH
'
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PIT IC-
REWS
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·.
SCORE BAJA 1000
My
son
and
/_
wish
to
express
our
gratitude
for the tremendous
and
speedy
service we
received
in
your
pits
d_uring
the
race.
It
certainly
helped
us
on
the
way
to
the
Class 3 victory.
We also wish to
tender
our
apologies
for
our
sometimes
gruff
manners.
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GALE
AND
MATT
PIKE
DODGE
RAMCMAR
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·
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14
December
1986
third
, followed by Alex
Rod-
riguez,
and
the
new
Bug
of
John
Howard
and
DUSTY
TIMES
columnist
Judy
Smith
was
up
to
fifth.
Lesle/
Jones
moved
into
the
. lead
over
Anckner
/
Arras
at
San
Ignacio,
and
the
rest
more
or
less
stayed _in formation. But, things
got mixed
up
through
the
famous
beach
traps
.
At
Check
11,
Dave
Anckner
and
Henry
Arras
had
a
healthy lead
of
nearly
half
an
hour
,
and
the
team
flew
on
to
La
Paz
the
winners
in
Class
5-1600.
Mike
Les le
and
R.C
.
Jones
made
up
a
bunch
of
time
to
take
Mike Leon and Javier Tiznado scored a big win in their
Jimco
, first in
Challenger Class after a race long dice for the lead in the tight running class.
Despite a broken torsion bar, and
later
a tie rod, Rich Minga and his riders,
Theresa Coelho and Pancho Bio, sailed home second in Challenge Class,
about six minutes
out
.
It
was
a long time coming,
but
Roger Mears saved the victory for the big race,
the Baja
1000
, and Mears and Sherman Balch
put
the Nissan home first
by
a
scant
13
seconds in Class 7.
Dusty
Times
charger at
Matt
and Gale Pike.
Despite a lot
of
trouble, the Jeep
CJ
7
of
Michael Schwellinger and
Jon
Snyder was going well, just a
·
few
more minutes back in third,
and nobody else
was
close.
Down the home stretch, the
Ramcharger
picked
up
steam
.
Matt
and G
al
e Pike, son and
father, rolled into
La
P
az
the
Class 3 winners. They held a 43
minute magin over
Don
Adams/
Larry
Olson
who
had
big
troubles. It started with a blown
head
gasket,
so
on
they
were
.
down
to
four
cylinders,
and
finished
on
.three cylinders. Just
14
minutes
later
Michael
Schwellinger
and
Jon
Snyder
were thrilled
to
get third place,
and this was .the Conejo
Off
Road Team's ·first Baja 1000.
Eric and Mark Heiden spent a lot
of
time pulling stuck vehicles
out
of
the -holes and silt beds, and
they brought the Gadzooks Jeep
CJ
7 home in fourth spot, about
four
hours
later. Phil Dean and
Bob
Lehrer,
who
came
from
·
Oregon
to
race in a
Ford
Bronco,
arrived fifth in Class 3.
Larry
Ragland
had
the Chevrolet
up
front
from time to time in Class 7, and he
took
a heart breaking 2nd place,
just
seconds
out
of
his first trucker
triumph
.
Chuck
Johnson
had had
troubles
all
year,
but
jn
Baja he and
Scott
Douglas
drove the Ford Ranger 1013 miles with no real trouble to win Class
7S
,
by
just
over a minute.
As an even dozen started
out
in
the Challenge Class, and seven
of
them went all the way
to
La
Paz
.
The
timing records for this class,
whfrh had a close finish, are also
incomplete at most checks.
At
Santa Ines, Rich Minga had a ten
minute lead ln his Chenowth,
followed
by
Larry
Martin
in
another
Chenowth
and
Rick
Johnson
/
Gary
Watson
,
Hi
Jumper, and here
nobody
else
was close.
By
San Ignacio, another
260
miles
down
course,
Mike
.
Leon/Javier Tiznado had the lead
by
over ten minutes
on
Minga,
who drove the whole distance
with co-drivers Pancho Bio
and
Theresa
Coelho.
Minga
had
repaired a broken torsion bar.
Johnson/
Watson
were another
dozen minutes back, and two .
·
··'.
'Spencer
Low
and Paul DeLang, here
putting
the Nissan ahead
of
Paul Simon,
lost a close one in Class 7S, anci came in
2nd
and
out
of
the 1986
points
chase.
Experie_nce
counts
in Baja, and Jim
Conner
and Carl Jackson have .. the
experience,
and
drove the Nissa_n to a ten
minute
.vicrory in the
hard
fought
7
4x4
contest.
Dave
Ashley
and Wally Kaiser
put
in a great drive in their Ford Ranger, taking
second
in Class 7 4x4, very close
behind
the winner.
Dusty
Time
.s
Don Adams.
and
Larry
Olson went from six to
four
to three
Rick
Johnson
and
Gary Watson moved into the Challenge
cylinders
working
in the Jeep Cherokee, en route to Class
points
lead when they drove the aging
Hi
Jumper to a
second place in Class 3. fine
third
place finish.
- -
--
hours ahead
of
the pack. Things was back in -th;; lead by a dozen Kent-Lothringer was fourth in his
tighteneduplater
,
asnearlyallin
minutesoverLeon
/ Tiznado,and Baja Bug,
about
18
,
minutes
the class had deep trouble on the
both
were a couple
of
hours
ahead
of
Larry Martin.
beach.
At
Check
11
, Rich Minga ahead
of
Johnson/
Watson,
and Minga stopped
to
fix
a [;If"',
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Steve Sourapas
and
Dave Richardson won overall
and
Class
10
last year, ran the
same
car
this
round
in Class 1
and
finished
fourth in class.
Dave Kreisler
and
!Curley Nobles had a
good
race in the super long
Raceco pickup,
firishing
4th in Class 2 and a swift 5th overall.
Larry
Wilcox
and
Dale Sexton had their woes on course,
but
they
kept the Ford moving fast enough to finish well, fourth in Class
8.
!;9- tie
rod
·
about 100 miles out, and
Mike
Leon and Javier Tiznado swept
on
to
La
Paz
and the victory in
their Jimco. Rich Minga made up
a bunch
of
time and was second,
just seven minutes behind. Rick
Johnson
and
Gary
Watson
brought the
old
Hi Jumper into
third, 1 ½ hours down.
The
big
race was for fourth
as
Larry and
Karla Martin finished exactly one
minute ahead
of
Kent Lothringer
and Carl Cabaniss,
too
_close for
This
is
the
system
run
by
most
off
road race
winners
comfort
after
1000
miles
of
I
racmg.
In
post
race tech the J imco
of
Mike
Leon
was
found
to
be
wearing
alloy
valve
covers,
against the Challege Class rules.
First the entry was disqualified,
but
24
hours later, just before the
awards ceremony, the car was
reinstated
and
declared
the
official
class
winner.
This
decision, based
on
the withdrawal
of
the original protest,
is
not
at all
consistent
with
other
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DEALER
INQUIRIES
INVITED
decisions concerning the same
class at
other
events in the points
series. So be
it.
The
lone Class 9 starter
was
the Chenowth
of
Todd
Francis
and Brian Johnson.
The
team
from Vancouver, Washington,
went all the way in just over
28
hours for the finish.Johnson also
won Class 9 ori the
1985
Baja
1000. .
Class 7S started in front
of
Class 7 in Baja, and therewere 16
stocker trucks
on
the line in
Ensenada. Half
of
them finished
the race. Attrition started early
as
four
were
out
before
Valle
· Trinidad, and Glenn Harris was
down for 2 ½ hours changing a
trans in his Mazda. Paul and Dave
Simon led the pack at Santa Ines
in
the
Ford
Ranger,
but
the
'
Nissan
of
Spencer
Lo~/Paul
. DeLang and the Ranger
of
Scott
Douglas/Chuck Johnson, were
in
a dead heat just a few minutes
back, and Mike Falkosky had his
Toyota in fourth . .
Moving
on
to
Check
7;
before
the silt beds
of
El Arco, it was
tight
up
front.
Douglas
and
'
Johnson had the lead by a
few
minutes over Low, Simon
was
back 15 minutes in third and
Falkosky
was
closing up.
Into
San
Ignacio
Low
was
the
apparent leader. Falkosky's .co-
driver missed the
turn
to the
town and went
60
miles down
-
the
highway
before
turning
around
and
coming
back
60
miles to the race course.
After the beach run, the
7S
field was down to the eight who
finished.
At
La Purisima Spence
Low
had about 15 minutes in
hand
over
the
Simons,
and
Douglas/Johnson were only a
few
more
minutes
back.
By
Check 11, Low's lead was down
by several minutes, and Douglas/
Johnson were very close. Simon
had brake trouble and stopped to
fix
things.
Somewhere
on
the rugged final
miles the scene shifted.
In
La
Paz
the
7S
winners were Californian
Scott
Douglas
and
Chuck
Johnson
in
the
Ford
Ranger
·
Chuck
built at home in Illinois,
now carrying a little California
hands-on treatment. Their win
was a close
one
as
Spence Low
brought the Nissan in just
one
minute,
28
seconds behind
on
ET. Paul and Dave Simon held
third, only
15
minutes in arrears,
but
more than an
hour
ahead
of
Willie Valdez, who had trouble
all the way with his Rangir. Mike
Falkosky
salvaged
fifth
place.
Glenn Harris and Bobby Ferro,
who
was
stuck in the silt for over
an hour, came in for sixth spot,
followed
by
Malcolm
Vinje/
Mark Hansen and
John
Cabe/
Tom
Ebberts.
Five started in Class 7 and five
finished, about 12 hours apart.
Favorite Manny Esquerra lost
the trans in the Ford right
off
the
bat, and later lost a drive line
three different times.
The
race
was
between
Roger
Mears,
Nissan,
and
Larry
Ragland,
Chevrolet, neither having done
well this year in their respective
new trucks.
At
Santa Ines Mears had aboot
three minutes lead over Ragland,
and Esquerra was an
hour
back,
with John Swift, Mazda, about
six minutes behind him. Mark
Steele/Mike Harding had lost
hours in their S-10.
At
Check 7
Ragland had about a minute
on
Mears!Jr-
Todd Francis and Brian Johnson came from way north in Washington to race and
win Class 9 in their Chenowth. Johnson also won Class 9 in the 1985 Baja
1000.
Paul
and
Dave Simon had the Ford up
front
for
a time in Don McCormack
and
Dick
Greenlee stayed close in Class
Class
7S,
but
brake problems late in the race
put
them back 4 for
half
the distance; then had
big
trouble
but
still
to third
at
the flag. finished second in class. ·
The sleekest
looking
vehicle in the race, the
Audi
Quattro
rally
!
car
of
Bruno
Kreibich, Dick Lee
and
Clark
Bond
,
surp1ised the pundits, taking second in Class 6 . .
I December
1986
Jack Zandbergen
and
Clark Williams stayed in contention
all
the way in
their
Beetle and finished a strong second in
the Class
11
wars . .
Dusty
Times
Steve Tetrick
and
Fred
Ronn
were r.ight
with
the leaders_in
9Iass
10, .
until
the tide
pools
cost
hours
,
and
the team finished
3rd
in class.
I
Roger
Mortenson
and
Russell
Welch
had
the
Class 10
Funco
in a
slim
lead
midway
in
lthe race,
but
lost
time
on
the
beach
brought
I
them
in fourth. , . ,
Hayward
Mendenhall
and
Gary
Gilbert
had
the
Raceco
going
well
until
problems
cost
a
bunch
of
time
and
they
finished
fourth
in
Class 1-2-1600 .
.
Early
problems
cost
a
bunch
of
time
,
but
Mike
Schwellinger
and
JO(I
Snyder
kept
the
Jeep
CJ
7
going
and
Larry
and
Karla
Martin
were
up
front
in
Challenge
Class
for
a
time
,
but
dropped
back
later
to
take
fourth
in
class
by
Just
one
minute.
came
in
a
close
third
in
Class·
3.
· ·
~
and
Esquerra
hac(lost
more
time.
By
San
·1ghacio :
Ragland
. was flying,
holi
;Hng
nearly half
an
hour
on
Meats,
and
off
they weat into
the
b'each.
Both apparently got,stuck for. a
time,
but
Ragland still led by 14
minutes at Check 10. ·
At
Check _
11
Ragland's lead
was down
to
about six minutes,
and Roger Mears pitted
to
put
Sherman Balch behind the wheel
of
the Nissan, and the race was
on. Ra.gland's radio was
out,
and
thinking he still had a good lead;
he tried
to
save
the
Chevy and
finish his first race
as
a trucker.
Larry Ragland crossed t
he
finish ·
_ line in La
Paz
first,
but
1
Sherman
· Balch was right
on
his bumi;ier; ·
scattering the spe'ctatot
s.
Since
Mears
had
started
30
J ·seconds
behind Ragland, the Nissan won
the race
to
La Paz
hy
~bout
13
seconds, an incredible dontest.
: Roger Mears was thrilled with
his first desert victory l
with
his
own
· team's Nissan,
and
doubly .
happy when his
son
Roger- Jr.
arrived in the winning 1;2;1600.
Larry Ragland was mdst disap; -
. pointed, sure that he c9uld have
gone faster if he had known Balch
was
so
close behind.
So
swift was
their· Eattle that the
pair
· were
sixth,and seventh
ov..erall.
Manny
. . I .
and Tpdy Joe Esquerra soldiered _
on
between repairs
to
take third
in '
cl!iJs
and
tenth overall.
John
Swift
!
and
company
kept
the
Mazd~
popping
corn
all
th.e
way
to
fourth, and Mark Steele came
in fifth. -
Cl.ass
4
shrank
to
three
starte~s, two Dodges and a Jeep
Honcho.
Rod
Hall led all the
way, with no serious problem
this
ri
ound,
and
he
and
Jim
Fricker
sc@red
their umpteenth
victory in Baja in
4x4
classes. ·
Hall was ninth overall
as
well,
KC
HAS
SHINED
THE
WAY
TO
MORE
OFlf~ROAD
RA~ING VICljORIES
THAN
ALl.
OTHER
BRANDS
1
COMB~NED!
·
At
KC
H_i~iTE?,
w_~'re
serious
about
-
c,mpetttwn
ltght~tW,
So
why
take a
. clilance
with
anything
else?
j
~
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18
December
1986
Rodney
Hall,
Jim
Fricker
ahd
the
powerful
Class 4
Dodge
did
their
usual
nu171ber
once
agaih,.
winning
by
almost
six
hours
and
placing
_
ninth
overall.
and a repeat winner from
1985.
runners among the eight starters
Don
McCormack and Dick in Class 7 4x4. Jerry McDonald
Greenlee
kept
-
their
Dodge
took
off
fast in the Joe MacPher;
within striking distance, less than son Chevy,
but
several were close
an
hour
back, all the way .
to
San
to
him
a_!:
Trinidad.
By
Santa Ines
Ignacio,
but
.lost a couple hours McDonald was in trouble,.having
on
the next
leg,
and lost time all
put
· a fan through . the radiator
the
rest
of
the
way.
But
and dropped a couple
of
hours.
McCormack was second, almost Jim
Conner/Carl
Jackson
had
six
hours
behind
Hall.
Don
their Nissan
out
front, and by
pit
Yoston and
Bill
Donahoe
had a
reports,
Dave
Ashley/Wally
book
full
of
troubles, starting Kaiser were second in the Ford,
when
Donahoe
rolled
the
followed by Mike
Horner
and
Honcho
to
avoid hitting a parked Leo Brown, Chevy.
car in
the
middle
of
the course. All eight made it to Check 7
. They welded and tinkered all the where Conner/Jackson led by
way
to
La Paz, and were happy
to
' nearly half an
hour
over Ashley.
finish.
Horner
was another 35 minutes
There
were
many
back~
There was
strong
competition
in
Class6
this
round,
but
the
winner
still
was the
'55
Chevy
of
Larry
Schwac;ofer
and
Sid
Spradling,
leading
when
it
counted
in
La Paz. ' ·
There was a keen
bunch
of
ten in Class
11,
but
Sergio
and
Porfirio
Guiterrez
were
out
front
most
of
the
way
and
ended
up
winning
·
by
43
minutes
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