• Short Summary

    THE MEXICAN 100, THE WORLDS TOUGHEST OFF ROAD RACE, BEGINS EACH YEAR AT ENSENADA, MEXICO.?

  • Description

    THE MEXICAN 100, THE WORLDS TOUGHEST OFF ROAD RACE, BEGINS EACH YEAR AT ENSENADA, MEXICO. THIS YEARS RACE DREW 300 OPTIMISTIC ENTRANTS. PASSENGER CARS, DUNE DUGGYS, MOTOR-CYCLES, AND TRUCKS, START OFF DOWN 90 MILES OF PAVEMENT INTO THE GRUELLING DESERT AND MOUNTAIN TERRAIN OF MEXICO'S WILDERNESS, THE BAJA (BAH - HA) PENINSULA.

    832 MILES AWAY IS THE FINISH LINE AT THE FISHING AND RESORT TOWN OF LA PAZ. A MAXIMUM OF 48 HOURS IS ALLOWED EACH CONTESTANT TO FINISH THE RACE BUT SOME TAKE DAYS TO BATTLE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE BITING DUST, CACTUS, AND WINDING MOUNTAIN TRAILS.

    THE MEXICAN 1000 ORIGINALLY STARTED AS A WEEK-END ADVENTURE BY AMATEUR CALIFORNIA RACING ENTHUSIASTS BUT THE DEMANDING RACE QUICKLY DEVELOPMENT INTO AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT WHICH ATTRACTS SUCH RACING VETERANS AS INDY 500 CHAMP PARNELLI JONES.

    EIGHT CHECK POINTS DOT THE TWISTING COURSE. EVERY SECOND COUNTS DURING THE FRANTIC PIT STOPS AS ENTRANTS ARE JUDGED BY THEIR ELAPSED TIME. FILM STAR AND RACING FAN JAMES GARNER, COMPETING IN HIS THIRD MEXICAN 1000, PAUSES BRIEFLY BEFORE HEADING BACK INTO THE DESERT WASTE.

    FOR THE FINISHERS LA PAZ IS A WELCOME RELIEF FROM THE AGONIES OF THE MEXICAN TERRAIN. THIS YEAR THE DUNE BUGGY OF MILLER AND WILSON SET A COURSE RECORD OF 16 HOURS. CLOSE BEHIND AND WINNING IN THEIR CLASS WAS THE EVANS AND MONGEAN FORD PICK-UP. FOR THE OTHER CONTESTANTS THE FAMILIAR CRY OFF... WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR...ECHOES ACROSS MEXICO'S BAJA PENINSULA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9E0RKL9VX8D7V5AXI5PIL5Q34
    Media URN:
    VLVA9E0RKL9VX8D7V5AXI5PIL5Q34
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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