Everyone Can Participate In The Inaugural 2019 Yokohama NORRA 500, Presented By Method Race Wheels, Via The Savvy Safari!

AGUA DULCE, CALIF. – – Have you always wanted to experience the food, culture, and incredible scenery of Baja during a competitive event, but didn’t know how to make it happen? Now is your chance to fully experience the sights, sensations, and excitement of the inaugural Yokohama NORRA 500 rally, but at a more leisurely pace. The Savvy Offroad Safari Class is the ultimate spectator adventure during the Yokohama NORRA 500. You will be covering the same race courses the competitors run on, although not at the same time, and not at full throttle. You will visit legendary Baja destinations like Mike’s Sky Rancho, and the Pine Forest while being guided by experienced Baja racing veterans. Safari class participants will also take part in all the opening festivities, attend registration, technical inspection, and the parties, and awards presentation in Ensenada; it will be a fun-filled event. The best part of each day will be reflecting back on the great experiences you had with fellow NORRA participants who run the gamut from regular Joes, to celebrities, icons, and professional racers. The events that create the legends of tomorrow will have special significance because you were there too!

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with NORRA, (National Off-Road Racing Association), they are the sanctioning body that organized the first Baja race back in 1967. They were offroad enthusiasts like you who loved the adventure, scenery, and culture of Baja. There were unofficial runs down the peninsula by racers taking place to establish the quickest time to LaPaz. NORRA made it official by sanctioning a race, and offroad racing in Baja was born. Over the many years, the race was taken over by the Mexican Government, and then by another sanctioning body, but in 2009, NORRA returned to put on the Mexican 1000 rally, which has exploded in popularity ever since. In 2019, the NORRA 500 has been added to the schedule and the Savvy Safari class will give anyone the chance to participate in the inaugural NORRA 500 event.

Run what you brung! The fun of the Savvy Offroad Safari is that you don't have to bring a race car to experience all the Yokohama NORRA 500 has to offer. A good, safe, reliable vehicle and an appetite for adventure in Baja is about all that's needed.

The time to sign up is now! Go to and get your entry in today. The Yokohama NORRA 500 rally begins on October 10th-13th! Based in Ensenada, Baja California Mexico, the event will be family-friendly and will offer two separate and concurrent 250 mile race courses starting and finishing in front of the Riviera Convention Center in Ensenada. The Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000, which runs the length of the Baja Peninsula, is the “Happiest Race on Earth!”. The NORRA 500 will continue this tradition, and forge its own place in Baja racing history. Come and join in on the fun! NORRA events honor the past, and celebrate the future. You will have amazing experiences, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Make plans to attend today!



Beginning in 2010, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) began promoting a rebirth of the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. The unique off-road rally was co-created by promoter Mike Pearlman to consist of special stages (unlimited speed timed stages in the dirt) linked together by controlled speed liaison / transit sections (highway). The one-of-a-kind, once-a-year, five-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, as well as modern pre-runners, trucks, buggies, UTVs, bikes and desert Rally Raid cars.

Pearlman’s late father Ed and others established the first running of the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road rally in November of 1967, which eventually became internationally recognized and evolved into the Baja 1000 in the mid-1970's.

NORRA enjoys corporate partnerships with Yokohama Tire, Method Race Wheels, South Point Hotel Casino, Bilstein Shock Absorbers, STEEL-IT, RIGID, Multitool USA, Timberline, Schampa, Satellite Phone, PCI Race Radios, Warn, Biltwell, USActionTrax, Joe Hauler, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF), B3KREATIV, and many more.