Mid Week Match-Up: An Off-Roader For The Mexican 1000
Today’s Mid Week Match-Up comes from Ropey who writes: So this is the deal. I want to do the
Mexican 1000. Not the Baja 1000, but the ostensibly vintage version of
the race put on by NORRA in April. To some extent, I don’t care what I
do it in … a Baja bug, rail, truck, rally car any thing as long as
it’s old school and cool and street legal. And not a Bronco. Don’t care
about winning anything (until the green flag drops), but would rather
not drag my car all the way down to Mexico to spend three days trying to
fix it by the side of the track, so it needs to be non-fragile. Lets
spend as little as possible, say $10k, or up to $15k for something
really stand out. $20k tops. See how my usual car buying process goes
…? Oh, I’m in the PNW, so something west coast would be convenient.
DT E-i-C Vince: If it was my money, I’d pickup this Ford Bronco that has been race prepped and is ready to run — find it here on RacingJunk.com for $19,500 located in Phoenix, AZ.
What do you guys think Ropey should get? Comments below.
Gotta go with the ubiquitous SoCal dezert-dozer: OH YEAH!
The only specific vehicle Ropey gives a thumbs-down to is a Bronco… and what does Vince suggest? How about a Bronco? Cracks me up.
Additionally I don't think Vince realizes that a 1990s Bronco may not count as "vintage enough" for the NORRA Mexican 1000.
I'd suggest this 1975 Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser with 350 small block swap:
If you look at the NORRA website for 2016 registration, you'll see all kinds of stuff from 60s Ramblers to 90s Ford pickups….but yes…if the glove don't fit, you must drive a Bronco.
I don't have any suggestions. I will just say that this is the coolest mid-week match-up question that we've had in a while. Kudos for that.
Am I the only one who was reminded of the "Little Mule" from Romancing the Stone?
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This Bronco would be just fine for NORRA. I've raced the Mexican 1000 5 times (in an early Bronco) and it's a blast!! If you can go up to $30k, I'd recommend my buddy Rory Ward's Dirtrix buggy. Beautifully prepped and ready to race! The bottom line is that people race nearly EVERYTHING in NORRA.
I should have never been born.
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I like this baja bug idea, this one looks like it's pretty built up already
I was thinking Baja Bug too. Here's one I found.
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Baja Bug on Craigslist