Race Morning, loaded up and heading to
Mark, John, Bill, Trevor and George
Trevor and Mark sharing
a laugh with Dave Simpson
while staging for the start
Dave was driver of record of the winning
5/1600 car at this race - we had some great battles and
swapped the lead back and forth many times before the finish
All the 5/1600 cars lined up in
"Staging" on race day
There were only 4 5/1600 cars at this race but we
were racing in Baja! No BLM to micromanage
every little detail here......
Dave Simpson, Curtis
Murdock, Trevor and Mark waiting
for the start
Trevor and Victor just
before getting into the car for the start
Trevor talking with
some friends in Staging
Waiting to be called to
the Start Line is really stressful.....
Finally, time to get
ready to move to the Start Line
Trevor and Victor
warming up the car for the Start
The green flag drops at 2pm
Trevor and Victor start the race
Trevor and Victor catching car #565 in
the "Chanate Wash"
Car #565 started 1st in Class 5/1600, Trevor
started 3rd with 30 seconds between each start.
Going by Martin Rangel, #565
All 4 5/1600 cars were in close proximity in this
area. #565 was first to start so he had a
1 minute head start on us; Trevor caught up by about Race
Mile 10 or so.
Chasing down Dave Simpson, #554, on
Dave started just behind Trevor; he passed us in
the "Chanate Wash" when he took
a different line than Trevor did. Trevor's line forced
him to slow for spectator traffic.
Slowly closing the gap
Both cars and drivers were closely
matched; we had a very slight speed advantage.
They've spotted us
Dave's Co-Driver, Curtis, turned around in his
seat to wave so Trevor returned the gesture.
Trevor doing everything he can to
It took nearly the whole length of the dry lake
bed to close the gap
Neck and Neck!
Trevor is looking for every little advantage he can
find, finally it comes down to a game of "chicken"; the
are abeam each other, the course narrows to a single
line and someone has to "lift" or they'll be trading
Trevor ends up in front - this time! Awesome
racing with Dave and Curtis!
Ruben and Trevor
change in San Matias before the roll-over
Adjusting the aiming of the lights
after the roll-over
Somehow, the lights all got pushed "back"
aiming them at the sky
The somewhat less
attractive car in "Post-Tech" after crossing the finish line
We rolled the car about 100 miles into the race
on a slick section near Mike's Sky Ranch. Trevor
and Ruben pushed the car back upright with the help of some
local spectators, then continued the race.
Unfortunately, the time lost was impossible to recover and
we finished in 3rd place.