NORRA Mexican 1000 Baja Race - prerace drinks of Azuñia Tequila
at San Diego Old Town Mexican Restaurant!
Some crazy ass shit this month, I was part of the Azuñia Race Team and Rick Johnson Race Team in the NORRA Mexican 1000 Baja race that covered over 1300 miles of the roughest, desert terrain in the world. https://www.norra.com/ Yes, Rico the mild mannered writer embarked on what may have been his wildest, grandest, coolest adventure to date! This is what movies and dreams are made of. Writing about the NORRA Mexican 1000 as a crew member, spectator and racer in the toughest cross country race in the World. I had my doubts from the beginning if Jim Riley of Intersect Beverage would be able to supply enough Azuñia Tequila to get us from Ensenada to the finish line in San Jose del Cabo. Yes, there was Tequila everywhere, every night, every afternoon and there it was staring at us every morning; however, good race drivers and crew members wait until the race is over at the end of each day to begin whetting our whistle with sweet agave and cervezas. My goal is to write of this particular adventure as I interviewed nearly 30 drivers and various crew members. Team Azuñia and Rick Johnson Racing had four vehicles entered into the race: ’71’ Nova – Snortin Nortins, ‘57’ Chevy – Rippin Rooster, a Trophylite Truck and a 1970s model Jalopy. Of the four starting vehicles, we had three that finished and the ‘57’ Chevy Rippin Rooster took first in its class of Vintage Production Sedan driven by Jim Riley, Dana Dague and Damen Jeffries with navigators Steve Ware, Justin Pulliman and Mike Lawrence. There were 25 of us that made up the team. Just so I don’t spoil the reading for when the book is out, I’ll just tell you it was an awesome experience included with a short vacation in Cabo San Lucas at the end with friends Matt, Tricia, Connor, Rich & Rhonda with tons of pictures of this journey, some of which I shall share at the end of this blog. http://www.azuniatequila.com/
Corporate Greed won out again – Boise State University Football Field aka Bronco Stadium with the Blue Turf is now Albertsons Stadium. It’s Joe Albertsons' supermarket but the football field is his too. Situated right next to Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho – home of where the BSU men’s and women’s basketball team plays their home court games. Not liking corporate names at all, even though Albertsons, LLC has agreed to commit $12.5 million over 15 years.
Looks as if Tiger Woods might never get back to where he once was due to his back injury. Jack Nicklaus can sleep a little easier on his back knowing that in the near future his record winning 18 major championships are safe for now. Eldrick “Tiger” Woods has won 14 major championships but has been in a drought for several years since last winning U.S. Open in 2008. Yes, age and infidelity have taken a toll on the 38 year old golfer as he has been abused with the same nine iron that he felt so comfortable in the past swinging. Miss Elin Nordegren, a Swedish former model found out Tiger was cheating on her with several different mistresses and hookers and on the early hours of Thanksgiving Day, 2009 one of Tiger’s golf clubs was missing from the bag. It didn’t take long before Tiger knew exactly where that club was: being gripped by his soon to be ex-wife as she swung many times at Tiger and at his car. The National Enquirer was to blame for Tiger getting found out. If you remember many years ago, I wrote that Tiger Woods was a selfish bastard that only thought of himself, this after he being the only top golfer that did not attend Payne Stewart’s funeral. When Tiger was asked about why he did not attend, his response was, that he would be too upset and not be able to concentrate on his game of golf and guess who won that weekend, YES the same man that did not pay his respects to a golf great – Mr. Payne Stewart. Strange how Tiger has time for many extra marital affairs but no time to attend a funeral.
Now we have Tiger giving advice to Rory McIlroy who just broke off his engagement with Danish tennis professional Caroline Wozniacki from 2011 to 2014. He proposed on the 31 December 2013 in Sydney, where she said yes. On 21 May 2014, it was announced that McIlroy had ended the engagement: "The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails. I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we've had.” Yes, Tiger had been seen talking to Rory earlier and it is greatly rumored that he advised the younger McIlroy of against tying the noose unless you want to get beat up by a club on a holiday. As Nike would not say, “Just Don’t Do It.”
I’ve been blessed with another great writing project that has made it to my corner of the world. LUCKY, is about a dog that was stolen in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico this last early March, 2014 and through the gigantic efforts of the Mexican, American and Canadian population in the surrounding towns and cities, Lucky was found 300 miles south of San Carlos this last May, 2014. His friend and owner Jim K. searched diligently and offered a reward of up to $23,000 pesos - $2000 US Dollars for the save return of Lucky. I had made some comments on Facebook about Lucky as I had Jim as a Facebook friend whom I had never met; but, Jim had read my epic, award winning adventure and mystery novel, “My Bad Tequila” and had enjoyed it, so guess who “Luckily” got the call to write the story of “Lucky.” Yes, sometimes we just get “LUCKY.” In the words of the great Henry Ford, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
Saludos y Vayan con Dios,
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'71' Nova - Snortin Nortins, all getting staged at Ensenada for start of Race - Mother's Day
Ensenada, Loreto, Paz & San Jose Del Cabo are Bueno!
Hollywood Dowland, Leo Gladden, Mike Malloy & Justin Pulliman working with wrenches!
ready for Day 2 of the NORRA Mexican 1000!
in Bahia de Los Angeles for Day 2 of the NORRA Mexican 1000!
waking up in back seat of pickup, his bed for the night after Day 1,
this is what the NORRA Mexican 1000 does to a Hombre after 500 + miles
in the Baja Desert, I was one of the lucky ones as 2 of the guys - Hoss Milson
& Steve Ware spent the night in the Baja - 80 miles from civilization and 50 miles
from Baja Highway 1 guarding the broken down 1971 Nova - Snortin Nortins &
believe you me that desert gets cold at night especially where they were near the
Pacific Ocean; Team Azunia only allotted 5 rooms for 25 crew members
which included 22 men and 3 women; but who's counting?
Proud Sponsor of NORRA Mexican 1000 & other fine races - La Mision in Loreto, Mexico
He had to sleep on flat bed trailer because Leo forgot the Room Number - Mas Tequila!
Rico proved his team spirit to the crew that night & was officially accepted!
Safety Numero Uno Priority!
with Rick Johnson behind the wheel on Day 3 - Loreto to La Paz!
Congratulations to all TEAM Members: Jim Riley, Rick Johnson, Brenda Johnson, Mark Taylor, Chris Taylor, Steve Ware, Chris Ware, Bobby Guiterrez, Chris Malloy, Mike Malloy, Hollywood Dowland, Hoss Milson, Leo Gladden, Justin Pulliman, Rick Dorn, Nathan Ford, Dana Dague, Damen Jeffries, Mel Jeffries, Mike Lawrence, Paco Sheriff, Josh Schartel & Rico Austin!
Congratulations to Todd, Shirley & Kyle Jergensen for their great finish & thanks for use of the trailer!
Congratulations to Trophylite Drivers & Navigators - Chris Fantl, Justin Havens & Ben "Race" Philips!
Congratulations to TEAM Messer - Walter, Gary & Troy Messer (3 generations) & Doc Chantler & Mike Padilla!
GREAT RACE & THANK YOU ALL for letting me be a part of NORRA 2014 - Rico Austin
Pictured left to right: Gary Messer, Troy Messer, Rico Austin, Walter Messer and Mooney (Doc) Chantler. 3 generations of Messers w/ Grandpa Walter driving across the finish line & downing his shot of Azunia Tequila
the finish line in San Jose del Cabo at end of NORRA Mexican 1000!
set up the Azunia Tequila welcoming bar at end of each leg each night;
Navigator Chris Ware in black FOX T-Shirt; Steve Ware in black hat & white T-shirt;
Driver Jim Riley in black hat, black T-Shirt & sunglasses standing, finishes in '57' Bel Air;
Driver Rick Johnson seated in black T-Shirt with sunglasses on head, finishes in Jalopy!
Josh Schartel, Mike Malloy, driver of Trophylite, Driver Rick Johnson, Driver Jim Riley
It was a "Full Moon" Noche - May 14th, 2014
Look at all those beer cans - all in a day's work on May 15th!
Both with a Baja Smile that lasted for more than 1300 miles!
Rick Johnson still strategizing in background for next year 2015 NORRA Mexican 1000!
Nathan F. reading the numero uno libro in Mexico - MY BAD TEQUILA!
My kind of Airport, Cabo has a Tequila Tasting Bar! YES, I will return!
Rory takes Tiger's advice and breaks off engagement to Caroline Wozniacki;
"It's not her, it's me. The problem is mine," confesses a smiling Rory McIlroy!
Joe Albertson has everything, even a park in Boise named after his late wife, Kathyrn!
Wonder if there are any Cheerleaders wandering around in the produce department?
Writer, Blogger Uncle Rico Austin #29, bottom far right, next to last;
29 years later he would be a team member for Azunia, racing down the Baja
Thanks to All that helped Jim find his Amigo Perro!