For the 2017 Baja 1000, which is being recognized as the 50th anniversary of the event, race sanctioning body SCORE has created two new classes for period-correct race vehicles built before 1992. It’s going to be old-school cool fender-to-fender all the way down to La Paz, baby!
You can read the complete rules for the 1982 and older “Trailblazer” class and the 1983 to 1992 “Innovator” class on SCORE’s official website.
But basically, the idea was to create an opportunity for buggies and 2WD and 4WD trucks from a bygone era …well, I guess, two bygone eras… set up as they would have been in their heyday to add a little extra nostalgic flair to what’s shaping up to be a Baja 1000 for the ages this November.
Vintage off-road vehicles don’t have too many opportunities to shine, because realistically, racing one would be downright painful and your odds of breaking archaic technology under duress are pretty high.