We are a "family" team, originally begun as a
"father/son" project while Trevor was still in High School.
Living in Southern California and regularly vacationing in Baja, it
was inevitable that we would be exposed to the world of off-road
racing in a big way; the Baja 250, '500 and '1000 regularly run
through the "backyard" of our vacation home at Bahia Santa Maria
south of San Felipe, MX.
We started our project during Trevor's Senior year
of High School. We did all our own research, design and
fabrication over the course of the next several months; we learned as much as we possibly could about 5/1600's
before building our
car but there's always more to learn..... Our car was completed
and received it's SCORE "Cage Tag" just 2 weeks before our first
race, the "2008 SCORE San Felipe 250". Our goal was to start small and work our way
"up" but to eventually
race the pinnacle of all off-road races, the "SCORE Baja 1000".
It's been a wild ride, but we've achieved that goal; we've raced the
Baja 1000 three times and won Class 5/1600 at the 2012 Baja 1000 "Iron
The focal points of our team:
Integrity means everything to us and we run our race
team with that as our primary focus. We built our car to be in
total compliance with the SCORE rule set (to the best of our
abilities) despite being told by several Icons of 5/1600 racing that
we'd never be competitive if we didn't ignore what the rule book
says in multiple places. We regularly compete against cars
built by those same individuals, knowing that they are not in
compliance with the rule set. Our integrity is worth more to us than any
victory gained through cheating.
We attempt to conduct ourselves with the utmost in "good
sportsmanship"; yes, we are all racing and no, we can't all be
winners at every race. We can, however, both win and lose with
good sportsmanship. We'll do our best to win but not at the
expense of behaving badly towards our competitors or fans; we
will do our best to win but we'll do so within
the rules. Whether we win or lose, we will do so gracefully;
it's not about bragging rights for us.
One of our primary goals is to bring as much adventure into our
lives as we can. I can honestly say that this has been the
biggest adventure of my life so far! Every race is different,
with new challenges and opportunities presenting themselves before,
during and after each one. The whole family is
challenged and rewarded by these adventures; they have served to
bring us a level of closeness that few of my peers seem to have
experienced. Every race is an adventure but the Baja 1000 is
"the adventure of a lifetime". We've been fortunate enough to
experience it three times so far.
Taking on new challenges keeps us young; once we stop
looking for new challenges, we start to grow old in mind and
body...... Desert racing in a car of our own design and
construction provides an unending stream of new challenges for each
of us. Beyond the obvious physical challenges involved in
finishing (let alone winning) any of the SCORE Baja races, there are
many associated challenges; financing our adventures, managing our
time, maintaining the car, assembling and managing the team,
planning and executing the logistics, etc.. It seems like there's a never
ending list of challenges for every race that force us to rise to
Shared Family Activities
As I noted in the first paragraph, Trevor and I originally
began this as a "father/son" project though "Mom" has
been involved at every step. Teryl (Mom)
hasn't missed a single race; she is an indispensable element of our
chase/support effort. She is our photographer/videographer
when both Trevor and I are in the race car, she handles the
food/hydration issues for us, helps navigate the chase truck and
monitors the race car location/status. The adventures
we've had racing Baja have brought us closer together than I could
have imagined. Every aspect of the team
is operated on the original "family" premise; it has necessarily expanded to
include a few close friends however.
We enjoy meeting other people and this certainly
is one way to do so! We've made many new friendships through
racing, some of them with direct competitors. Racing is the
common ground that brings us together but we don't allow that to
interfere with the friendships. Some of our "new friends"
have become a regular part of our race team; they're now part of our "extended family".
We've also gained several new friendships (and team members) as a
direct result of this website; an unintended but happy benefit!
Throughout our involvement with every aspect of
off-road racing, there have been and continue to be "opportunities
for growth" for each of us. Trevor and I have both grown into
our roles as Driver and Co-Driver (and Team Manager), we've both
become more skilled fabricators, we've learned how to "tune" a
suspension system and how to properly "prep." a car for racing.
We've both had opportunities to work on our "inter-personal" skills
(with each other and with people we encounter along the way) as well...... Every race presents new challenges that we must face; we try to look
at them as opportunities to learn and grow.
We haven't sought sponsorships; we've
been concerned that sponsorships would alter (in a negative way) the
essential nature of our team. We've been
approached by businesses offering to sponsor us but we haven't gone
that direction. We believe that this allows us to
retain control over where/when/how we race; we are not beholden to a
"third party" with needs that we can't or don't wish to be
obligated to meet. We understand that this limits the amount
of racing that we can afford but money is only one of many considerations
for us. A sponsor's monetary contributions
wouldn't free up any more time for us; we'd still want to do all our
own prep./repair work. It comes back to the essential nature
of our race effort; we do this for fun and as a family adventure -
we believe that sponsorships would alter that basic premise.