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Old 11-24-2009, 02:26 AM   #1
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I'm going to cross-post some of these photos in the RMIC photo thread.

So as I stated earlier, I had a spur-of-the-moment chance this last week to run down to Baja California, Mexico and work on a pit crew for a guy who was running the Baja 1000 in a Class 8 truck. We were team El Guapo Motorsports.



A 700 horsepower truck built atop 1978 Chevy frame rails served as the race vehicle.



We arrived in Ensenada last Wednesday, just in time for Contingency on Thursday. Contingency is a huge downtown party/parade leading up to tech inspection of the race vehicles which run the gamut from trophy trucks to quads to old VW bugs.



We also kept running into this abortion of a vehicle: a jacked-up H1 painted pink. The entire underbody was also pink and it was driven by a pair of stereotypical SoCal blondes. Those people aren't short -- the hood is actually about five feet off the ground.



Friday was race day. The pit crews started out long before the truck, so we missed seeing all the action at the start line. Instead, my brother and I trekked to the other side of the peninsula... south of San Felipe.



We set up our stop at race mile 310 while the motocrossers and quads burned through ahead of the trophy trucks. The sun set over the Sierra Santa Rosa mountains as we waited. And waited. And waited.







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Our truck came through around 11 p.m. We fueled her up, checked over the engine and suspension and sent it back on the course. Then it was a mad race to chase it up to the fourth pit at El Borrego. We met the truck and the other pit crews there at about 1 a.m.





We then chased the truck to Valle de la Trinidad. It was freezing cold (about 25 degrees F) and the hundreds of people jammed into the pits area had scattered cedar bonfires all over. The problem is, our truck never showed. They'd broken down in a canyon area near Mike's Sky Ranch, where neither radio nor sat phone could get out. We waited nearly 12 hours there before learning of their fate. By the time they made it out, it was pretty much a certainty they couldn't finish in the 31 hours allotted.



Still, we fueled the truck and sent it off. Not a mile out of the pit the truck broke again. That sealed the team's fate. We sent the flat bed out to recover the truck.





It was a freaking awesome experience. I'm not a big truck guy by any means but it's hard not to appreciate the hardcore nature of this race, especially if you have an even passing interest in stuff like stage rally.

Random other awesome stuff:

Apparently, you can buy Bimbos off the shelf in Mexico:



For some reason, this made me think of medamullet:

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Old 11-24-2009, 02:46 AM   #3
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Bimbo is the bread I lived on in el Salvador! Looks like u had an awesome time!
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sounds like it was a blast. u lucky bastard
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:00 AM   #5
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That looks like a great time!
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Thanks guys. It seriously was. It was so much work while there... it's really only when I stepped off the plane to freezing weather and snow here in Salt Lake that I fully realized how freaking sweet it had been.
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I can only see a couple of the pictures.
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I can only see a couple of the pictures.
Really? Anyone else having problems? They're all loading fine for me.

I also put together a montage of footage I shot on my iPhone from the pits:
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