4 January, 2018
The RST Brands trophy truck entered the desert’s greatest racing challenge and successfully completed it with a top 20 finish in the trophy truck class. The team fought through high temperatures and a challenging course that featured obstacles and booby traps from Ensenada to El Paz along the Baja Peninsula.
RST Brands Truck and Performance
Pulling off a feat like the Baja 1000 takes a lot of great people working together–in fact, only 205 out of the 405 teams that entered were able to successfully complete the race. The RST Brands trophy truck entered the race with a support team of 5 vehicles and 16 people.
The RST Brands truck faced the dangers of the desert and conquered. The truck placed in the top 20 finishers of the trophy truck division and 119th place overall with a finish time of 34:17:26.572. Drivers Jayson Strachan, Doug Anderson, and Bill Apgood took turns at the wheel in this rugged off-road race.
Baja 1000 2017 50th Anniversary Race
The BAJA 1000 2017 took place November 14-18 and included drivers from 44 U.S. states and 27 different countries racing in various off-road vehicles. 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Baja 1000 race. For the past 50 years, off-road racers have been braving Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula putting their vehicles, and themselves, to the test.
The Baja 1000’s 2017 course went down Mexico’s California Peninsula starting in about 80 miles south of the U.S. San Diego border in Ensenada and ending in La Paz. Racers were allowed to pre-run the 1,134.4 mile course between October 20 and November 15 to familiarize themselves with the route and terrain. The course was estimated to take between 32 and 38 hours to complete with a maximum time of 48 hours.
Trophy Truck Racing
Trophy truck racing pits the most elite off-road racing vehicles against each other in an exciting battle of speed, control, and determination.
Trophy trucks are designed with one purpose in mind: to move as fast as possible across dirt, sand, and other off-road terrains. These vehicles typically feature heavy-duty shocks, powerful engines, and bodies that are built to withstand the rugged routes.
Baja 1000 Race
Many consider the Baja 1000 race to be the most intense off-roading race a driver can enter. The desert peninsula is unforgiving with its remote, rocky terrain that is subject to dangerous dust storms.On top of the natural challenges, some spectators take it upon themselves to set booby traps for drivers to navigate around.
Another challenge drivers have to remain cognizant of is the mix of vehicle types allowed into the race. SCORE International’s class distinctions allow trucks, motorcycles, buggies, and more all on the same course.
SCORE International hosts four different off-road races throughout the year with the Baja 1000 acting as the culminating event.
History of the Baja 1000
The first race was held on October 31, 1967 and was called the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. The course started in Tijuana, Mexico and ended in La Paz with a course length of 849 miles.
Over time, the race grew in popularity and fame as it attracted the attention of other racers, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and even Hollywood movie stars.
As the race continued to grow in fame, so did its pull on celebrities. Stars such as Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Patrick Dempsey, James Garner and more have all faced this desert test of skill.
We are honored to have participated in this historic event, and proud to have performed so well. Congratulations to the RST Brands team!