Slow Baja Safari

The NORRA Mexican 1000, and NORRA 500 “Celebrate the Past, while Forging the Future.” Competitors participate in historic and restored race vehicles, as well as motorcycles, ATV’s, and modern race cars and trucks, but what if you don’t own a racecar? Well, the “Happiest Race On Earth!” is for everyone who loves the spectacular scenery, food, and rich culture of Baja; you don’t need to own a race car. The Slow Baja Safari class is for you and your street-legal vehicle.

The Slow Baja Safari class is unique to NORRA. It is a guided tour of Baja that puts you right in the mix of the Mexican 1000 or NORRA 500. You will take the green flag each day, follow the most scenic sections of the racecourse, and have time for photos, scenic vistas, and local fare. Led by an experienced Baja guide, you will see the Baja that only the most seasoned Baja travelers know. From spectacular Missions to fabulous street tacos, your guide will make sure to get you there and get you across the finish line each night.

For the Mexican 1000 Safari, you will stay in beautiful hotels and quaint inns. In the remote Bahia De Los Angeles, you have the opportunity to camp in an exclusive area on the beach. You will get to enjoy every aspect of the Baja experience on your way to the finish line in San Jose Del Cabo. The NORRA 500 Safari returns to Ensenada each night. Logistics are simplified since you can stay in the same hotel every night.

The Slow Baja Safari class will make you into a seasoned Baja explorer by the end of the race. Get your entry in today, and make sure to address everything on our checklist below.

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Pricing

 
Entry
Entry Fee $2,167
Driver of Record
Wristband 120
NORRA Membership 100
 
Co-Driver/Rider
Wristband 165
NORRA Membership 100
 
Crew, Friends and Family
Party Wristband 165

Schedule

(more details to come)

Thu. Oct. 7 Registration / Tech / Welcome Party
Fri. Oct. 8 Racing, Day 1, Return to Ensenada / Finish Line Celebration
Sat. Oct. 9 Racing, Day 2, Return to Ensenada / Finish Line Celebration
Sun. Oct. 10 Awards

Medical and Liability Insurance:

Vehicle Drivers and Co-Drivers will be banded with a wristband for medical and liability insurance while on the course - a policy provided by Instant Mexico Insurance. Please understand the limitations of this insurance by reading the policy. Read the Policy

How to Purchase Additional Insurance

  • Auto liability insurance from a Mexican company is required by law in order to drive in Baja California.
  • Contact Instant Mexico Insurance to cover your vehicle while it is not on the course
  • Contact details: Miguel Rico 52 664 120 9742, miguel.rico@prodigy.net.mx

Border Crossing

Details about border crossing will be distributed as a Rally Alert shortly before most teams will be departing for the event. At that time, you will be able to register all vehicles crossing the border with your entry.

Plan ahead! You will need the following:

  • A valid passport or passport card with an expiration date more than six months later than the date you enter Mexico. (This may take two months or longer to obtain.)
  • Vaccinations. Discuss with your doctor at least two months in advance of travel. See the CDC Mexico Travel page for current U.S. recommendations.
  • You will need either a visa or an FMM (tourist card). U.S. citizens need an FMM. For other countries, check with a Mexican embassy or consulate in your area. Click here to get an FMM within 30 days of travel. You complete the form online and then print it. You need to get it validated at the border if you drive into Mexico. We are trying to make arrangements for FMM validation at NORRA registration in Ensenada; see the border crossing rally alert for updates on this.
  • Valid registration for each vehicle.
  • Valid driver’s license for each driver. Mexico accepts licenses from your home country if they are in English or Spanish. They also accept International Driving Permits.
  • Proof of Mexican auto insurance. NORRA insurance only covers liability for vehicles on the course. Vehicles driven while not on the course must to be insured by a policy from a Mexican insurance carrier, which can be purchased online from instant Mexican Insurance
  • Be sure to bring some Mexican pesos. The best exchange rates are generally found in San Ysidro, California. In Mexico, check the rates at casas de cambio. If you use Mexican ATMs, you will incur high fees from both your bank and the Mexican bank.
  • There are limits on carrying certain items across the border, including the number of spare tires and spare parts. Some items must be declared, such as if you bring more than $10,000 cash. Fuel in containers is not allowed. More information at the Welcome to Mexico webpage and in the upcoming NORRA border crossing Rally Alert.

What to Bring on the Vehicle

  • ID and travel documents. (see Border Crossing)
  • Vehicle registration
  • Mexican insurance documents (see Insurance)
  • Clothing, drinking water, snacks, a lawn chair. Everything to ensure your comfort along the way
  • Prescription medications should be in their original, labeled bottles
  • Everything you normally bring when you go off road: a jack, tool kit, a full size spare tire, some replacement parts like an engine belt, and fuses.
  • Mosquito repellent for the lower half of Baja
  • First aid kit that includes bandages, some antihistamine, and aspirin for headaches. You can purchase first aid kits online, or at most pharmacies, or off road shops
  • Cash for taco stops and "just in case"
  • Do not leave valuables unattended in your vehicle
  • Fuel in containers cannot be brought into Mexico

If you have any questions, be sure to contact NORRA for answers.

Rules & Classes

The general and vehicle rules documents for 2022 are linked below. There may be minor updates forthcoming.

The vehicle rules document includes a list of all vehicle categories (classes) with detailed descriptions.
Download the 2022 Vehicle Rules v 3.28 revised November 4, 2021 (PDF)

Download the General Rules v 3.5 revised March 28, 2021 (PDF)

Hotels

Safari entrants are responsible for their own hotel arrangements, unless they have purchased a hospitality package . If you book your own accomodations, NORRA is not reponsible for the booking and pricing practices of hotels and travel agents.

Click or touch here for a list of hotels in Ensenada and down the Baja peninsula.

Refund Policy

2022 NORRA 500 Refund Policy

  • If you withdraw your entry before August 1, 2022, you will receive a refund of any payments made after open of registration, less a $500 penalty.
  • If you withdraw your entry between August 1, 2022 and September 15, 2022, you will receive a NORRA credit for any payments made after open of registration, less a $1,000 penalty. The credit expires after the next event.
  • No refund and no credit if you withdraw after September 15, 2022.
  • You may transfer your entry to another new entrant for the same race.

Tracking

Stella EVO III unit will be used for tracking and safety. NORRA will supply the unit, but you will need to supply the mount. Watch for an announcement with details on how to purchase it with the NORRA discount.

Maps, GPS and Road Books

Maps, mileage charges, road books and GPS files will be available for download a few days before the race at norra.com/gps. Printed road books and roll charts will be available upon request at registration.

Once you are signed up, and have taken care of the requirements, all you have to do is have fun! NORRA is entirely about having fun and creating memories that will last a lifetime. You will experience the most stunningly beautiful Baja scenery. After each day, you will have enough free time to enjoy a different location in Baja with your new friends and family. All participants will be staying in the same towns, and attending the same events every night, so you’ll have a chance to hang out with your favorite racer, or share stories with a legendary icon. The very first adventurers who set off to challenge the peninsula would throw a huge celebration afterwards to mark their accomplishment. That tradition continues to this day at the Mexican 1000 and the NORRA 500. If you love racing, love to have fun, and love the food, drink and music of Baja, you must come down and experience “The Happiest Race On Earth”.