Michael "Skiny" Power, 9 December 2011, 10:29 AM
The GGTR launched with a successful Score Baja 1000 race. With moi’ in the drivers seat and the infamous cross country racer Alex Roy in the navigator seat we managed to finish the treacherous race in under 26 hours and 15th out of 22 in our class.
From start to finish the race consumed four months of my life and every last enzyme of energy. The preparation, logistics and fund raising for a race like “the one thousand” meant I left the start line exhausted. One can imagine what hour twenty five was like. Alex was begging me to stop the car before his bowels created a scene in his alpine star suit that couldn’t be rectified before the finish line. I was throwing up fine silt sand into my own mouth at five minute intervals and re-swallowing it. We were freezing and soaked in our own perspiration but focused on one thing. Finishing one of the worlds fiercest contests between man and nature.
The Score Baja 1000 is the first in a journey that will take Team GGTR around the world to participate in all the great races. From classic’s such as the Mille Miglia to the Paris Dakar we will test ourselves against the worlds most cunning open roads and the gentleman that feel at home at 150mph.
For anyone that has an unscratched itch and would like to follow in our footsteps the GGTR website will act as a step by step manual for how to successfully enter the world of racing. From buying a race trailer to mixing a decent pink gin in the desert the knowledge gained by our mistakes will become a lexicon of wisdom for any fellow gentleman or amateur racer.
Our progress can be monitored through www.thegentlemansguidetoracing.com with a book and television show to be announced shortly.
A host of people need to be thanked for their faith in our project and their generosity.
ABL lights made the night seem like day and gave us an advantage over other cars. The Alpine Star race suits gave us the required uniform to make us feel like an army ready for war. The helmets from Bell were not only comfortable for the long length of the race but also just an object of incredible beauty with thanks to Kelly Kocker custom paint job. The BFG tires held up as though they were bullet proof and the people working the BFG pits were the friendliest faces we saw on the course. The communications provided by PCI race radios made the logistics of racing and chasing over a thousand miles through the Mexican desert possible and the people that work at PCI will be trusted to continue to provide communications for all our up and coming future events. Beard seats made our brutal race a little more gentlemanly and the harnesses they provided kept us snug as two orangutans hugging. Specialty Race Prep and Travis Fletcher for teaching us so much and building an incredible car. Team ONeil Rally School for giving me the skills to slide the car sideways around a corner with a 500ft drop off with confidence. GoPro cameras for providing us with memories usually eroded by alcohol. VP race fuels for putting a little spring in our step and The Saxena Foundation who supported the efforts of GGTR with the hope that their message will draw positive attention to inventive and effective ways of promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in the United States and empowering young women deserves extra special thanks for the last minute support that tipped this project into a reality. Team Polizei and Alex Roy deserve a tremendous thank you for all the laughs and commitment to the Gentleman’s Guide to Racing.
Photos courtesy of Zach Benge