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  1. #1
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    I just got back from the Baja 500 off road race. I went to pit for a friend that was running a class 9 car. About 230 miles into the race and running in 1st place they broke a front spindle. By the time we got to them with the parts and got it fixed it was too late. The next checkpoint was closing in one hour with a 1.5 hour drive time. What a heartbreaker.

    Here are some pictures

    http://www.fortunecity.com/marina/coconut/602/id26.htm
    Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut.

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    what part of baja is that in?
    thehumid1-------I live in NJ, a state where it's free to come in but you have to pay to leave!

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    The pit area in the pictures is south of Ensenada in a town called Colonet.
    Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut.

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    COOL...........

    Bassman, looks like a good time.???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Basman, I ran offroad in mainly northern Ca. for 17 years. Class 2, 1-2-1600 and 9. We ventured south about a dozen times.

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    Yea I love that place I lived in Rosarito beach between ensenada and Tiajuana for a year. Did u eat any Lobster in Puerto Nuevo?
    thehumid1-------I live in NJ, a state where it's free to come in but you have to pay to leave!

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    No lobster for me, thanks. I'll take fish tacos with a cold Pacifico over lobster anyday.

    hvac45, Do you still do any racing? Sounds like you got into it for a while. I started in 1976 and over the years have run class 2, 5, 5-1600, 9, 10 and 11. My favorite was class 5. I have gone wheel to wheel with Parnelli Jones, Walker Evans, Micky Thompson, Roger Mears and Ivan Stewart to name a few.
    When I say wheel to wheel I mean been passed by or rammed by them. Roger Mears left a big black tire mark down the side of my class 5 car with his Budweiser Jeep Honcho in one race. Now that was fun!

    hey poppa, pitting can be fun and a lot of work. But nothing that I have ever done beats racing in Baja.
    Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut.

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    No, quit about 10 years ago and moved east. My 1st time meeting Ivan Stewart was in vegas at the mint 400. we were running good times, Ivan blew by me like I was parked. I sure miss it sometimes. 1st time I met Walker Evans was at the parker 400, he was always pretty cool to people, especially small kids. I saw him stop in mid conversation a few times just to talk to a small fan.

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    Originally posted by hvac45
    No, quit about 10 years ago and moved east. My 1st time meeting Ivan Stewart was in vegas at the mint 400. we were running good times, Ivan blew by me like I was parked. I sure miss it sometimes. 1st time I met Walker Evans was at the parker 400, he was always pretty cool to people, especially small kids. I saw him stop in mid conversation a few times just to talk to a small fan.
    The Mint 400. If there was one race that I always made it to it was the Mint 400. By far the roughest of them all. I loved it. What years and class did you run in the Mint?
    Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut.

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    I ran it four times in class 2, in the mid to 80's up to 91. The only race I never finished. I personally liked the vegas to reno race, we ran that twice, 5-1600 the 1st year and 1-1600 2years later. Not the loop race all the way to reno. we took 6th in 5-1600 and 13th in 1-1600. Your getting me going just thinking about it, you haven't lived until you've raced the desert.

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