Magnificent Milestones for the ages–SCORE Baja 1000 –

Magnificent Milestones for the ages–SCORE Baja 1000


October 18, 2021

Race week Nov. 17-22

BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 1000,
presented by 4 Wheel Parts
All-time SCORE Baja 1000 Milestones


Pre-running opens Saturday on 1,227-mile course down Baja California peninsula;
for legendary season-finale of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship;
Internationally televised event to air domestically on ESPN2’s World of X Games

    ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Known worldwide as the ‘Granddaddy of All Desert Races’, the SCORE Baja 1000 is at the pinnacle of motorsports as the most iconic, oldest, prestigious, toughest and longest continuously held desert race in the world.
Online racer entry applications are available through Friday for November’s massive internationally-televised season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, the final round of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Starting and finishing under strict BioSecurity health and safety protocols in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, and in La Paz, Baja California Sur, race-week activities and the race itself will be held Nov. 15-20. It will be a 1,227-mile race down Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.
Racer entry applications are available at under Race Info on the SCORE Baja 1000 page. Questions should be directed to SCORE Registration and Membership Director Audreonna Garcia at 775. 852.8907 or via email at Online racer entry applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. PT, Friday, Oct. 22.
54th SCORE BAJA 1000
Most of the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s massive BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. The 2021 season-finale will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on ESPN2’s World of X Games programming.
Race week activities will be held Nov. 15-20.
Nearly 300 vehicles are expected at the start line with racers from nearly 40 U.S. States and as many as 20 countries anticipated. Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads will be competing in the Granddaddy of All Desert Races.
This year’s SCORE Baja 1000 will be a point-to-point race of a spectacular 1,227 miles starting in Ensenada in the northern state of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
Ensenada, “The Off-Road Capital of the World” is a coastal city on the Bahia de Todos Santos area of the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego.
La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, is the gateway to the Sea of Cortez and 1,000 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.
Nearly 300 vehicles are expected at the start line with racers from upwards of 40 U.S. States and as many as 15 countries anticipated. Long-time SCORE sponsor and race title sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has also posted a US$40,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel winner to help commemorate the renewal of this legendary SCORE race.
It will start for the 47th time in Ensenada, finish for the 22nd time in La Paz, 23rd time overall to run down the peninsula as 2000 and 2007 finished in Cabo San Lucas. This race is annually the finale of the SCORE World Desert Championship, which has been held exclusively for the past six years in Baja California.
It will be the first peninsula run since the 50th SCORE Baja 1000 in 2017.
     Here is a quick look at some of the many milestones in the history of the Granddaddy of All Desert Races…
1962 –
 In March Dave Ekins and Bill Roberston Jr. ride The 1000 Miles of Baja for the first run ever.
1966 – In May Dave & Bud Ekins, with Eddie Mulder and Cliff Coleman Ride Again to finish the 1000 Miles of Baja and complete the First Non-Assisted Ride.
1967 – October 31, Ed Pearlman puts together the First Official Mexican 1000 Race
From Tijuana to La Paz
-Vic Wilson/Ted Mangels overall winner, driving a Meyers Manx-VW
-J.N. Roberts/Malcolm Smith overall motorcycle winner, riding on Husqvarna
1968 – Larry Minor the first person to win the SCORE Baja 1000 overall back to back in 1968-69
1969 – Rod Hall wins his only overall title in the race (with Larry Minor)
-Hall raced in all of the 50 first years and set a record 25 class wins
1973 – Mickey Thompson takes over the Mexican 1000 Baja race and forms SCORE
1974 – Sal Fish takes control of SCORE and runs it for the next 38 Years
-Only year that the SCORE Baja 1000 did not occur due to U.S. Oil Crisis
1975 – Malcolm Smith becomes the first to win both an overall 4-wheel and 2-wheel titles win he wins the 4-Wheel with Dr. Bud Feldkamp in a Funco-VW. They won again in 4-wheel in 1977
1976 – BFGoodrich Tires begins a 40-plus year history racing in the SCCORE Baja 1000
1978 – Larry Roeseler and Jack Johnson are the first to win the SCORE Baja 1000
three times in a row on motorcycles 1978, 1979, 1980.
1979 – PPI Begins Racing in SCORE with the Toyota Team and Ivan Stewart
-Frank De Angelo, with BFGoodrich Tires, start pits for racers at SCORE events
-Walker Evans wins the overall 4-wheel title earning the first by a truck
1982- Mickey Thompson wins his first and only SCORE Baja 1000 in a Raceco-VW
1990 – Bob Gordon wins the overall 4-wheel with his daughter Robyn and son Robby, marking the first time for both a father/daughter and father/son overall win and Robyn is first female overall winner
1994 – SCORE Trophy Truck Class debuts; created by SCORE’s Sal Fish
-Jimmy Smith wins the first SCORE Trophy Truck title at the SCORE Baja 1000
1994-1997 – SCORE Trophy Truck runs as its own series, Jimmy Smith wins this race in 1994, Larry Ragland wins in 1995, 1996 and 1997
1997 – Johnny Campbell wins his first of 11 overall mototcycle titles, all on Honda bikes
1999 – Larry Ragland wins the first SCORE Trophy Truck overall as part of the regular series to give him four wins in five years in the marquee racing division
2000 – Dave Ashley and Dan Smith win the once-in-a-lifetime SCORE Baja 2000 from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, held to commemorate the new millennium
-Team of Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab/Craig Smith/Steve Hengeveld win motorcycle overall
2004 – Larry Roeseler becomes only the second person in race history to win the overall on both 2-wheel and 4-wheel, earning the 4-wheel title with Troy Herbst.
2006 – 431 total starters, most in the history of this race from Ensenada to La Paz
          –Andy McMillin/Robby Gordon win 4-Wheel overall, Andy is the youngest overall winner at 19
-Steve Hengeveld/Mike Childress/Quinn Cody win 2-wheel overall
2007 – 40th anniversary race from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, race-record 237 finishers
Mark Post, Rob MacCachren and Carl Renezeder win 4-wheel overall
2008 – Johnny Campbell, riding with Robby Bell and Kendall Norman wins his record-setting 11th overall motorcycle title
– Roger Norman wins the overall 4-wheel with Larry Roeseler. Roeseler has a record 14 overall wins in this race, 10 in 2-wheel and three in 4-wheel. Roeseler is the only racer to win this race overall in a truck, car and a motorcycle
2010 – Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola and his father Gustavo Vildosola Sr. become the first Mexican nationals to win the overall; Roger Norman finishes third overall driving solo down the peninsula
2011 – Andy McMillin and his father Scott Millin son/father duo wins the 4-Wheel Overall
2012 – B.J. Baldwin wins the SCORE Baja 1000 back-to-back in 2012 and 2013
-Roger Norman takes over ownership of SCORE on December 20
2014, 2015, 2016 – In 2014 Rob MacCachren wins the Overall SCORE Baja 1000 with Andy McMillin
and Jason Voss. MacCachren wins again in 2015 with Andy McMillin and a third straight in
2016 with Jason Voss
2014 – With riders Ricky Brabec/Robby Bell/Steve Hengeveld/Max Eddy Jr., Kawasaki motorcycle  returns to the top of the podium, breaking the record 17 straight 2-wheel wins by Honda
2017 – Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez and his father Juan C. Lopez team to capture the Overall at the 50th Anniversary of the Granddaddy of All Desert Races, the second team of Mexican nationals to win the Overall title in this epic event
2018 –Motorcycle racers Justin Morgan, Mark Samuels, Justin Jones won on a Honda
-Cameron Steele and Pat Dean won the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck
2019 –Following an unprecedented one-day rain-delay, Motorcycle racer Justin Morgan won his 11th straight SCORE overall 2-wheel victory teaming this time with Shane Esposito, Max Eddy Jr and David Kamo
-Ensenada brothers Alan and Aaron Ampudia became just the third Mexican national team to win the SCORE Baja 1000 in its 52-year history
2020 –In a remarkable story made only in a SCORE Baja race, youthful Luke McMillin, 27, and ageless warrior Larry Roeseler, 64, split the driving for the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck win, giving Ford its race-record 15th overall victory and BFGoodrich Tires its race-record 31st overall 4-wheel vehicle title in this race. For Roeseler, it was his race-record 14th overall victory in this race (including 10 on motorcycles)
-Winning their 13th straight SCORE Overall 2-wheel victory was the team of Mark Samuels, Justin Morgan and Justin Jones giving Honda its 30th overall 2-wheel victory in this race