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    Default Baja Style Off-Road Racing - Who's Tried It?

    Was randomly watching some off-road racing on TV and saw an ad for this outfit Wide Open Baja

    Anyone tried this before? Looks like it could be fun. The Tripadvisor reviews are good, but almost too good.
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    I have not tried it, but I have a friend that crews for off-road rally drivers. You better come to the race with a replacement for every single part on the car including the engine and gearbox. This kind of racing absolutely destroys cars. Most drivers trailer home after the race with a dead wreck.
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    Brent Bauman would be the resident expert on the subject.....I spent couple days prerunning the silver state 300 with him last year. Great fun, hoping to get to do it again.

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    I think Oscar Jackson Jr. did some of this. Isn't he on here?

    I remember talking to Sr. about an incident they had with Robby Gordon that changed his philosophy about the length a tailpipe sticks out.

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    Have you seen the the documentary Dust to Glory? After watching it 6 or 7 years ago, I was ready to go do some desert racing. Great movie btw.
    A dad at my daughter's school races a desert buggy, he doesn't race very often because of the amount of work it takes to keep it running. Looks like lots of fun if you don't have to pay to keep it running.
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    I have been on Wide Open trips twice. The key to having a good time is going with someone you like to share the experience with.

    I went with a group of 18 people from work the first time and had so much fun that I took my brother two years later.

    Cars are awesome and well prepared. They follow in a chase car so if anyone breaks down they either fix it on the spot or you swith cars and keep going. TONS of seat time.

    One of the few things you can do that is actually worth $1,000/day

    Good food, basic motels (as one would expect in the middle of Baja), great tour leaders.

    They now have trips in NV for those not wanting to go to Mexico. I feel the Mexico trip is completely safe as they pick you up at the San Diego airport and escort you the entire trip.

    Go for it! You will not regret it.

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    OMG I so wanna try some off-roading!!
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    I'd suggest putting together a trackHQ group, but now I know better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craZee View Post
    I feel the Mexico trip is completely safe as they pick you up at the San Diego airport and escort you the entire trip.


    Armed escort?
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    I'd suggest putting together a trackHQ group, but now I know better.
    This flashed through my mind:



    I have done some desert "touring" in CA, AZ and NM. Nothing like that. There is something about the deserts of the SW I really enjoy. I have driven a few rails (VW-powered and an LS2-powered) and a modified 250cc moto. Some of my rallying experience was helpful. Driving the Baja would be on my Bucket List.
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    The awesome part about the Mexico trips are one day you are driving 90 mph down the beach sand, the next through the desert and one day even through a pine forest. A great variety of terrain and sights to see.

    The cars have Subie motors and are not scary fast but with 15 inches or more of suspension travel will go over just about anything.

    The guide in the lead car is in radio contact with everyone in the group and warns you of any upcoming dangers on the trail i.e. cows, ditches, drunks etc. Thiis allows you to drive "over your head" by already knowing what is coming up.

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    Down with tarmac.

    Decades ago, I drove a stock Toyota FJ in the Australian bush for a mining company - 30% off road, 70% dirt road. We did get "recreational" on occasion, and the dirt roads were as much fun as the off-road. My "take home" memory is that "the faster you go the smoother it gets" - until you engage huge surface irregularities. Or does my memory deceive me? Input much welcomed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Caboose View Post
    Down with tarmac.

    Decades ago, I drove a stock Toyota FJ in the Australian bush for a mining company - 30% off road, 70% dirt road. We did get "recreational" on occasion, and the dirt roads were as much fun as the off road. My "take home" memory is that "the faster you go the smoother it gets" - until you engage huge surface irregularities. Or does my memory deceive me? Input much welcomed.
    Yep, until you get launched.

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    Yup. Of course, things get very smooth during "full air" - and not so smooth touching down. But "touchdown" was sometimes smoother than you would expect if it was a good "glide path"after the big bump. Ruts are another story.
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