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2004 Baja 1000 SoCal Fab Expose Photo Gallery
2004 Baja 1000
Follow SoCal Fab Shop Team riders Nick Nelson, Jason Greenhaw, Cesar Lopez and Jeff Henderson as the go for glory in the 37th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Check out the full report in
2004 Baja 1000 - Ride With Us
2004 Baja 1000 - Ride With Us Part 2
So Cal Fabshop Honda Team will be back in 2005 for another shot at the Baja 1000.
Here, Jeff uses his injured hand to lure unsuspecting race fans to pose with him at the finish line.
Although the crowd had dwindled by 7am, there was still over a thousand people waiting to see who would cross the finish line next.
Here is an incredible fact: For the second time the So Cal Fabshop Team has completed a Baja 1000 on noe set of Maxxis tires.
The So Cal Fabshop Honda TRX450R powerplant performed flawlessly over the course of 1016 plus miles of WFO.
Extra wide footpegs are a must no matter if you are on a bike or ATV.
Local race fans get a kick out touching the actual mahines they watched racing just a few hours earlier.
The culprit: One nut - welded but not quite right.
Nick Nelson brings the So Cal Fabshop Honda TRX450R across the finish line at La Paz.
Nick takes off towards La Paz - 50 miles from the finish line and the end of this taxing 25 hours of racing.
Nelson heads out towards La Paz - and that elusive finish line.
Team SoCal Fabshop fuels up for that one last blast to La Paz.
Just as he pulled into the final pit the SCF Team springs into action on last time.
An exhausted Nick Nelson tries to convince Greenhaw to ride the last 50 miles to La Paz.
A trophy truck blasts past at Ciudad Insurgentes. Dust was the theme of eve.
Jason Greenhaw hands his lucky goggles off to Jeff moments before he leaves Ciudad Insurgentes. But, how many times did Jason crash during his leg...uh-oh.
Do you think Nick could use a few minutes to relax or what?
Check out Bill's better side while he inspects the bike at Ciudad Insurgentes.
Nick swaps the air-filter at the Ciudad Insurgentes Baja Pit. The bike looks to be in good shape too.
Refueling at the Ciudad Insurgentes Baja Pit around midnight. Check out the dust.
A wild-eyed Nick explains to Jeff Henderson that the trophy trucks are a little scary when confronted in the darkness.
Nick rolls into the Baja Pit at Ciudad Insurgentes.
Local race fans set up camp at Ciudad Insurgentes. Like us, they anxiously awaited the arrival of the 4A bike.
Before Nick leaves Vizcaino Jason confirms that he needs to head thatta way.
Some action from the pit at Vizcaino where Jason handed the bike off to Nick.
Frank holds onto the bike while Greenhaw hands the bike over to Nelson at Vizcaino.
The sunset looked even more spectacular to the naked eye than it does through the camera.
Viva la Mexico!
On the road to only God knows-where some where in the middle of Baja.
Here is what a Baja Pits looks like during the day. They are usually easy to find and are a sight for sore eyes when you've been riding for 2-3 hours.
Ray Schooley (2A) and his support team fuel up at K77.
Ray Schooley (2A) and his support team fuel up at K77.
And he's off. Lopez hits the road running.
Cesar Lopez looks over his shoulder to make sure the coast is clear before heading out of K77 and down the road to his hometown, San Filipe.
Cesar Lopez gets situated for his run to Puertecitos while the team gives the TRX one last look.
Nick hops off the TRX while Cesar ponders his fate: I wonder how far this thing can go on a tank of gas? Well bud, you'll find out soon enough.
Bill Nelson directs his son, and Team So Cal Fabshop rider Nick to the appropriate pit area at K77.
SoCal Fab's Nick Nelson rolls to the first rider change at K77 just outside of Ojos Negros.
Nick Nelson (4A) heads through the final whoops section of his first section during the 2004 Baja 1000.
The 11A Yamaha Raptor took some serious abuse during the 2004 Baja 1000.
Alex Crosthwaite looked good but apparently his teammates had big troubles later on in the race.
Alex Crosthwaite (11A) in action outside of K77.
John Gregory had the 1A machine in the thick of things from the very beginning.
Ruben Martin rode his 10A Bombardier from 10th to 1st in under 100 miles!
6A piloted by Earl Thigpen rolls into the first ATV check at K77.
The American flag waves in the wind as SoCal Fab's Cesar Lopez and the support crew await the arrival of first rider, Nick Nelson.
Nick heads off into the sun-rise aboard the So Cal Fabshop Honda TRX450R pinned to the stop.
SoCal Fab's Nick Nelson - before the end he will have tackled almost half the 1016 miles of the Baja 1000.
Alex Crosthwaite started things off well for his team but they still did not make the finish.
Ray Schooley and his team rode consistent throughout the race, it paid off in the end.
The Earl Thigpen 6A team started strong but ultimately did not finish.
The 10A Bombardier Team consisted entirely of Mexican National riders. Their familiarity of the area would truly pay dividends for them.
Team Honda was on their way to a record setting 7th victory before the race even reached the 50 mile mark.
Crowds would take position as close to the racing line as possible.
This is the Highway 1 road crossing at Ojos Negros.- bikes would fly across the road while flaggers held the traffic at bay.
Here's the view from the truck while we took a 30 minute detour around an accident that included a support truck.
Choppers signal the start of the racing action at the first road crossing by Ojos Negros.
Everyone dreams of racing in the Baja 1000, including this member of the 50A Tecate-sponsored ATV team.
If you think a stray pitbull is scary, then you don't have the sack to tackle racing in the Baja 1000.
Outside of Ensenada is an incredibly beautiful wild and scenic desert wilderness.
2004 Baja 1000 Map - Ensenada to Vizcaino
2004 Baja 1000 Map - Vizcaino to La Paz.
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