“Discretion is the Better Part of Valor”
Faced with the prospect of driving off a cliff, the In Search of the Experience Racing Team was forced to bow out of the Baja 1000 after traveling over 400 miles.
The ISOTE Racing Team deserves recognition for realizing a dream that most Rover lovers will only talk about doing. Taking a $400 junkyard Classic and turning it into a legitimate competitor (the ISOTE Team was at the front of their class for much of the race) is a remarkable accomplishment, and truly embodies everything the Rover community – and the Baja 1000 - represents.
"It was so amazing," he smiled. "We were actually leading the class for a long while and we were overtaking Trophy Trucks. One guy in our class had a tubeframed Bronco that must be worth about $100,000 and we were beating him in a $400 Rangie! Man, there are so many stories... We got to mile 410... no, write down 411! The tracks were so rough that we didn't even know that we were driving on a flat tire for who-knows how many miles... and we only noticed that something was wrong with the suspension when the strut started poking through the bonnet."
"We were still going into the second night but heard that people were falling off the cliff in front of us... and we were just about out of time, so we called it quits... but we're already talking about next year. And the biggest memory, the thing that I will take away from this... being part or the Baja racing community where the best of human nature comes out. Total strangers helping you out! Every difficulty and hardship we went through was worth it to experience that!"
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