Saturday, November 18, 2023
There are only a couple booths that I go looking for every year at SEMA, and Chuck's booth for the Absorber company is one... it's the only one with a tree and turf! Always has an award winning car too (except for the year it had a tank!)
I dig the back wood area, nice design for the tailights too
An instant Baja Legend, Wouter-Jan Van Dijk from the Netherlands via Australia where he became a naturalized citizen... raced the Baja 1000 with nothing but a backpack. No team, no sponsors, no support crew, no pre run.
The start of this story is when he posted a question on Facebook, one month ago, to the Pro Moto Baja Racing page:
Then he flew to the states from Australia, bought a used KTM 500 in San Diego on Craigslist, that had 70 hours on it, rode it to La Paz and entered the Baja 1000. Now it has 48 more hours on it, and will probably end up one of the most famous bikes to complete the Baja 1000!
At tech inspection he was denied entry due to bald tires and missing safety equipment.
He also needed to get a gps tracker and new tires, he somehow gathered everything he needed and took the green flag.
He got help from random pits, even being fed tacos at one stop.
He finished the Ironman Moto class (riding the entire race solo) having never ridden in Baja before and no prerunning.
Zipties were needed: