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Monday, August 29, 2016

MONSTER Mikes SST Hill Climb October 10-16


SST Hill Climb Kick-Off! ON THE BEACH!

Interview with the Great Perry McNeil
about Mike Leon and the "Ranch in the Sky", he hand built.


October 8, 2016 

Drive Your Truck ON THE BEACH

First Time Ever in So-Cal USA!

Off-Road travel trips with use Mike's Sky Rancho regularly. (Mike Leon pictured)

MONSTER Mikes Hill Climb Presents! The First-Ever Hill Climb Race on Legendary Mike’s Sky Rancho To Bring World Class Racers to 
Baja Mexico, October 2016!

WIN TRAVEL for 2 to the Hill Climb! on

The Original Reporting>>>
By Gary Newsome, Editor 

Hill Climb Week festivities will start Saturday October 8, ON THE BEACH in SoCal, 

the MONSTER Mike's Hill Climb Kick-Off Officially crushes all other events with the First Time Ever, Truck event! 

On Sunday October 9, MONSTER Mike's Hill Climb SPECIALS continue with the OFF-ROAD LIVE! Fans ON THE TRAIL! For those who don't cross the border- The San Diego Off-Road Club ROCKS ON THE TRAIL all day Sunday.


Monday October 10, The Hill Climb launches ONLINE on OFF-ROAD LIVE! from San Diego, The Gateway To Baja-Mexico! 4PM West, 7 East.

In Ensenada, at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will be the site of many of the activities surrounding the Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge. Racer registration, Media registration and mandatory pre-race meeting will all be held at the Riviera on Wednesday, October 12.
On Wednesday October 12, the daylong, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency/tech festival will run in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Center in Ensenada. 

Wednesday night, ONLINE on  
MONSTER Mike's GARAGE runs from 5PM to 11PM.

Racers will move out 52 miles east of Ensenada on Hwy 3 in close proximity towards San Felipe Valley and Trinidad where numerous 30’ x 70’ camp spots will await competitors arrival for set up.

Shortly after sunrise Thursday morning October 13, competitors will all have their first opportunity to tackle the course up the challenging hill to Mike’s Sky Rancho. Competitors will have one opportunity to make a practice run.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday based on class size competitors will be scheduled to make timed race passes up the hill to be scored towards whom is the fastest to Mike’s Peak.



Racing entries from all across the United States and around Mexico are expected as online registration for the upcoming 1st Annual Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge is underway.


We'll have "Insider" maps posted and incredible stories of the 'old days' with "Mike" at the ranch and at MIKES-A-GO-GO, in Tijuana!!!

MONSTER Mike's Sky Ranch MAP


In honor of the 50 years of Baja Racing on the road to Mike’s Sky Rancho, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS has partnered with the Ranch to invite all off-road vehicles – of the two, three or four wheeled varieties – to compete in this one of a kind challenging hill climb competition.



The four-day SST racing event will run October 13-16, 2016 with classes ranging from, but not limited to the following vehicle types:
Stadium SUPER Truck
Unlimited Desert Truck Class 1
Class 10
Class 6100/ Spec TT
Class 1450
V6 Open (Any truck or buggy)
Pro 2wd Truck
Pro 4wd Truck
Open Safari: Rally 2wd or 4wd
Open 4wd (Ultra 4 rules)
Class 8 Heavy Metal
Class 11
Class 5 Unlimited
Class 5 1600
Class ½ 1600 Buggy
250 Moto
450 Moto
Unlimited Moto
Unlimited ATV
Vintage Truck
Vintage Buggy
Rally Super Production
Rally Production GT
UTV Stock 1000
UTV Unlimited
Rental Car

United States Auto Club (USAC) officials will score the Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge as an elapsed-time event, with teams eligible to make two timed race passes over the course of the weekend. Competitors will also be encouraged to make a practice run on Thursday in preparation for the scored runs beginning on Friday.

A cap of 144 entries is expected at the start line for the first event of it’s kind in Baja Mexico with racers coming from all over the United States and Mexico to participate.

Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the official Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge website. Drivers and co-drivers are also able to download the registration form and email or mail your entry form in if you prefer that method of entering.

Entries will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. Late entries after that date and all on-site late entries will be accessed a $200.00 USD late fee added to the original cost.

In addition to drivers and co-drivers filling out the Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge registration and submitting payment, all competitors must apply for a United States Auto Club (USAC) SST Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge single event license and provide proof of receipt.

The deadline to enter the race in order to be included in the drawing for starting positions is Saturday, October 1. The drawing, to determine the start order within each class, will be held on Monday, October 3.

When finished, the 31 km race course will be another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including natural rollers, water crossings, high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, and cattle guards, all while climbing to the top of Mike’s Sky Rancho at over 4,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the natural beauty Baja California represents.
On-site camping, close proximity to Ensenada (52 miles East on Hwy 3), San Felipe Valley, and Trinidad, and multiple road access to viewing points, mean the race to Mike’s Peak will instantly become a fan and driver favorite. Add to that a Mexican Fiesta under the stars of Baja California each night for all drivers and guests. Rooms and camping at the Ranch will be open to all competitors on a first come, first served basis, and will be part of the entry fee.

Mike Leon, an American citizen whose family came from Jalisco, Mexico, had owned a couple of bars in Tijuana, but by the mid-1960s he’d had enough of the demanding grind and began looking for a more pastoral setting. In 1967, he bought several thousand acres under the dark skies and twinkling stars of Baja California’s highest mountains and opened Mike’s Sky Rancho, a guest resort in the high foothills of the San Pedro Mártir. Sitting on a knoll above the San Rafael creek in a picturesque and wooded valley, it’s a steep, brush-covered mountains rise in the background to the pine-covered 7,100-foot summit of Cerro San Matìas, visible off to the east. The crystal-clear San Rafael stream winds through the valley floor and must be forded to reach the ranch.

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LIVE! ONLINE The real story about Mikes will be told, only on 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

KING of BAJA ROSARITO Zoo September 12-18, 2016 ***Race being floated as the "20th Annual"SCORE Rosarito Beach Desert Challenge***

UPDATED! August 26, 2016

Two landowners on the course have locked their gates and refuse to have racers use their land! One group, on Monday, were forced to pay $100 to pass!!!

More reports from Rosarito LOADING>>> 

UPDATE August 24, 2016

Everyone looking at the SCORE race map for this event, now sees the truth in Roger Normans administration of this race sanction.

The SCORE race map is exact same as the 2013 Rosarito ZOO event, with minor changes. One, reversed running route. Change of the Start/Finish area. A complete ban of spectators on the course.

The only real difference, Norman charges the locals a s***load of money to have his gringo death circus show up. 

Lets hope the racers won't run over and kill any children this time, as they did in Ensenada during the last Baja 500!  

UPDATE August 16, 2016 EXCLUSIVE

As a part of the strategy to prevent crimes and reduce the crime rate, the Mexican army and municipal police implemented to mixed operations at different parts of the city.

For a few weeks now, they have placed "preventative checkpoints for vehicle inspections" on bulevar Benito Juárez, in search of weapons, drugs and criminals.

Since noon on Thursday, August 11, the checkpoints were on a stretch of road by Plaza San Francisco, on bulevar Benito Juárez, where municipal patrols and Mexican army soldiers were carrying out preventative reviews of vehicles. The dragnet in Rosarito has continued this morning into Tuesday, August 16.

Commanding general, Juan Luciano Rodriguez Reynaga, pointed out that the mixed operations are a part of the coordination strategy carried out by the Mexican army to attack the crime wave in Rosarito.

He asked the citizenry for their understanding in light of the bother these roadblocks causes to drivers, as their objective is to protect citizens and attack the high crime rate which has occurred recently in Rosarito.

UPDATE August 11, 2016 


ROSARITO ZOO 2016 Baja Racing News LIVE ONLINE KING of BAJA  Rosarito Beach Desert Challenge

Same course as 2013. SCORE tried to hide the access roads.

We've been pre-running the entire course for the majority of the summer. Northern Baja Mexico has needed an event in this neck of the woods for the last ten years.

Last months new Rosarito to Tecate event is it. This Rosarito event is a good start, but what racers want is a point-to-point event with real overland challenges.

We're confident the local Rosarito hospitality will meet all the needs of the racing community. We'll report on all the details, stay tuned.

The Fabulous Rosarito Beach Hotel is the HeadQuarters for for this LIVE! coverage. We want to thank everyone at this incredible establishment for their fine hospitality!

The race course is the 2013 Rosarito 200, around the foothills at Cerro La Mesate, Pancho Place, Cerro Coronel and Cantamar. The race event start is 9.5 miles south of Rosarito. At Puerto Nuevo/Cantamar. (See Map Below) Our LIVE! coverage begins Monday, September 12 at 4PM from the BajaRacingClub in San Diego!


Our KING of BAJA "ROSARITO ZOO" LIVE! coverage schedule:

**Monday, September 12 4PM OFF-ROAD LIVE!  ON THE BEACH at the Fabulous Baja Racing Club from San Diego!

**Wednesday, September 14 5PM MONSTER Mike's GARAGE ON THE BEACH at Papas & Beer

**Friday, September 16 Rosarito ZOO, 
Baja Racing News RADIO LIVE! from Contingency

Saturday, September 17 Rosarito ZOO TBA
Sunday, September 18 Rosarito ZOO TBA


UPDATE July 17, 2016

"ON THE BEACH" Rip Off By Roger Norman and SCORE

Jim Ryan said, "Baja Racing News LIVE! tagline, "ON THE BEACH" is so good, we decided to abuse it." 

CLICK HERE! The Complete story and
the pablum 'official release':

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