The Baja 1000 is the longest non-stop, point-to-point race in the world. The race conditions are notoriously grueling, in an unforgiving desert landscape that is meant to test the absolute limits of man and machines. Racing day and night in changeable weather and terrain, it takes a complete race team of drivers, navigators, pit crew, and chase vehicles to entertain any kind of chance to cross the finish line. Without this dedicated team, we would remain envious spectators.
BaseCamp Off-road Team
In a word...Diehards.
Actually, call us ..."Livehards" - because we think living should be bold, no looking back for us dyed-in-the-wool upstate New Yorkers. The challenge, perseverance and hard work needed to prepare for the Baja 1000 is right up our alley.
Desert racing is not for everyone. That's why we are particularly grateful for this crew that is joining us for this crazy hard adventure.
From his time as a US Army Paratrooper when he jumped out of that first plane - throughout his career as a law-enforcement official - Sgt. Matt Barnes has always found value and great satisfaction in the preparation and training for all endeavors. That hardened work ethic, an appreciation for challenges and an annoyingly childish sense of humor culminate in some unexpected endeavors...like entering the world’s most grueling off-road race...for his first racing attempt ever. That’s right, there is no “double dog dare” you could defiantly throw his way that Barnes would not seriously consider. Aha, you start to discern the devilish glint in his eye.
Go big or go home is the attitude here. Like pulling off the first Upstate New York, US Army Best Ranger style law enforcement competition to determine bragging rights for the Rochester area’s “Best Cop.” With the help of then Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter, the law enforcement skills challenge went out and was met by dozens of area cops with the rallying cry to “strengthen and connect our law enforcement community.” From the ground up, Barnes planned, built, carried, and strong-willed the sponsors, supporters and law enforcement community into a unifying day of police tactical challenges including live shooting, rappelling and a helicopter rescue event. Gotta love big ideas.
So the Baja 1000 doesn’t sound quite so intimidating if you know these players.
Foolhardy? Maybe. Unprepared? Never.
Discipline. Service. Leadership. Oh yeah, and a sense of adventure.
Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter is mostly work, except for that sense of adventure. That unique nature that drives a 22 year Army veteran, 30 year law enforcement career, former SWAT Commander and now top cop in Monroe County. So you might ask, what compels one to sign on as co-driver and navigator in this notorious off-road race? Sheriff Baxter replies simply, “Barnes asked me.” Guess he knows a cool adventure when he hears one.
This is bucket list spontaneity at its best.
John Bosch has an impressive race history and an appreciation for detail that we continue to learn is crucial to our madcap attempt to become desert off-road racers. Having John on the team assures us we will last beyond the first (or fifth or fifteenth) hurdle that will be speeding our way at the Baja 1000.
2 time Baja 1000 Moto finisher with Gary Walker - 8th place 2014, 6th place 2015
Rolex Grand Am Series competitor 2008-2012
SCCA World Challenge Competitor 2002
AMA Motocross Competitor 1987-present
Cup Light Competitor 2000’s
Ice Racing series competitor 1990’s
Bob Bondurant Pro Search Finalist 1993