Class 10

COPS Racing at the San Felipe 250

The Baja 250 was run at the end of January — these pictures just got back from processing at Photomat.

COPS Racing entered three cars in the 250 mile race: the Trophy Truck and two Class 10s. The course consisted of a loop, starting and finishing at the Arches in San Felipe. Spoiler alert: Gus Vildosola driving Trophy Truck #21 won the race overall in time of 04:03:41.195.

On my drive to San Felipe, south of Mexicali, I passed a truck on its side on the highway - a reminder to be attentive while driving.
On my drive to San Felipe, south of Mexicali, I passed a truck on its side on the highway – a reminder to be attentive while driving.
Among other things, I took down three, 42" BGF Baja TA Trophy Truck tires to the race -- each wheel set clocks in at 160 pounds which makes it a challenge to lift.
Among other things, I took down three, 42″ BGF Baja TA Trophy Truck tires to the race — each wheel set clocks in at 160 pounds which makes it a challenge to lift.
A spectacular San Felipe sunrise seen from the sixth floor of the Playas del Paraiso Resort.
A spectacular San Felipe sunrise seen from the sixth floor of the Playas del Paraiso Resort.

Contingency is held the day before the race on the Malecón - a place where local race fans can get close to the race cars and meet the drivers.
Contingency is held the day before the race on the Malecón – a place where local race fans can get close to the race cars and meet the drivers.
Zak gets some new sunglasses while passing thru Contingency - gotta look good while piloting the Trophy Truck.
Zak gets some new sunglasses while passing thru Contingency – gotta look good while piloting the Trophy Truck.
Handing out hats (or other free stuff) creates a frenzied excitement among spectators.
Handing out hats (or other free stuff) creates a frenzied excitement among spectators.
John Langley, COPS Racing Team Owner, with the world-famous Baja Kat.
John Langley, COPS Racing Team Owner, with the world-famous Baja Kat.
Pre-dinner chips and salsa and beer. Note to people in the mid-west: this is what chips are supposed to look like.
Pre-dinner chips and salsa and beer. Note to people in the mid-west: this is what chips are supposed to look like.
Staging along the course, race crews and spectators wait for the race to get to them - we won't see race cars until 90 minutes after the they start in San Felipe.
Staging along the course, race crews and spectators wait for the race to get to them – we won’t see race cars until 90 minutes after the they start in San Felipe.
Clyde Stacy’s #5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck was first on the course at RM85 with a several-minute lead on the number two position. He ultimately finished third.
Clyde Stacy’s #5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck was first on the course at RM85 with a several-minute lead on the number two position. He ultimately finished third.
Zak Langley is in the hunt for the win in Trophy Truck #50. Zak came up thru the pack and finished 17th in class.
Zak Langley is in the hunt for the win in Trophy Truck #50. Zak came up thru the pack and finished 17th in class.
Harley Letner drove one of the Team's Class 10s for the first half of the race before handing it over to John Langley for the race to the finish. Morgan Langley drove the other Class 10.
Harley Letner drove one of the Team’s Class 10s for the first half of the race before handing it over to John Langley for the race to the finish. Morgan Langley drove the other Class 10.
Día del pato muerto - our Baja traveling companion.
Día del pato muerto – our Baja traveling companion.
One of the Class 10 wheels underwent a transformation during the race.
One of the Class 10 wheels underwent a transformation during the race.

The Baja 1000 at Punta Blanca

Disclaimer: There’s only three actual race-related photos, and one could be debated.

The Baja 1000 started and finished in Ensenada, with 900 miles inbetween. Steve and my task with COPS Racing was to work as a support/extraction vehicle for our race cars while they pass over a particularly long, nasty silt bed at the southern end of the course. We went armed with all the typical recovery gear, including a sat phone. Our sole purpose in life was to keep the COPS cars moving.

Thursday: We drove from Ensenada to Cataviña and spent the night with the COPS crew.

While driving down Highway 1 to our COPS Racing support position, we took a break at a beach near El Rosario.
While driving down Highway 1 to our COPS support position, we took a break at a beach just north of El Rosario. During the race, we were on the Pacific coast, 300 miles south of Ensenada.
Due to recent rains, the desert was green and blooming and happy.
Due to recent rains, the desert was green and blooming and happy.
Sunset at Cataviña.
Sunset at Cataviña.
The COPS dorms at Cataviña, near RM498. Craig fed us some killer lasagna and fresh-baked cherry/apple pie. We failed to set the desert on fire.
The COPS dorms at Cataviña, near RM498. Craig fed us some killer lasagna and fresh-baked cherry/apple pie. We failed to set the desert on fire.

Friday: Commute from Cataviña to our position on the race course, near RM430, at Punta Blanca. The last 30 miles of the drive was on unmapped, primative desert roads.

There's no Pemex station in Cataviña, but there's gas for sale.
There’s no Pemex station in Cataviña, but there is gas for sale.
Crossing El Islote five miles west of Highway 1.
Crossing playa El Islote five miles west of Highway 1. Pay no attention to that dark spot on the lake.
The road meanders west toward the Pacific. A few miles farther, we passed a Mag 7 support trailer which was at the side of the road,  bent in half. As it turned out, the worse was yet to come.
The course-access road meanders west toward the Pacific. A few miles farther, we passed a Mag 7 support trailer which was at the side of the road, bent in half. As it turned out, the worse was yet to come.
Silt, and lots of it.
Silt, and lots of it.
On the beach north of Punta Blanca (center background), near our support location. We had five hours to wait before the four-wheel racers would arrive at our part of the course.
On the beach north of Punta Blanca (center background), near our support location. We had five hours to kill before the four-wheel racers would arrive at our part of the course.
Two-wheeled racers passing us near RM435.
Two-wheeled racers passing us near RM435.
This unfortunate rider's bike blew a motor at our location, turning him into a pedestrian. We helped him out with a five-mile ride, down-course, to Baja Pits.
This unfortunate rider’s bike blew a motor at our location, turning him into a pedestrian. He cached his bike, then we helped him out with a five-mile ride, down-course, to Baja Pits. He’s from Peoria, Arizona, not Illinois. Update: the Locos Mocos guys at Baja Pits found the rider’s 403X bike (with his help), and got it going again – it turned out the headlight was shorted out, preventing the engine from running. He made a dash for the finish, but timed-out with a DNF.
This bike has been on-the-move for 16 hours since leaving Ensenada.
This bike has been on-the-move for 16 hours since leaving Ensenada.

Both of the COPS entries did not make it to us, both DNF’d. The Trophy Truck, while running strong, hit a boulder near RM350 and took out the front left suspension. The Class 10 car lost its clutch around RM385.

Saturday: Start the drive home. Here’s a video of our drive from our support location on the coast, back to Highway 1, aka Punta Blanca to Laguna Chapala.

Green happy desert.
Green happy desert.
A quick stop to say hello to Coco.
A quick stop to say hello to Coco.
We have a beer with Coco. Or, we have Pacificos, and Coco enjoys some Sauza Conmemorativo.
We have a beer with Coco. Or, we have Pacificos, and Coco enjoys some Sauza Conmemorativo.
Coco believes in recycling beer cans.
Coco believes in recycling beer cans.
From our "What Was He Thinking?" Department: Half-way between Coco's and Gonzaga, headed south. The load appeared to have shifted.
From our “What Was He Thinking?” Department: Half-way between Coco’s and Gonzaga, headed south. The load appeared to have shifted.
Gonzaga Bay from inside Alfonsina's Restaurant.
Gonzaga Bay from inside Alfonsina’s Restaurant.
1. Fly to Gonzaga Bay
1. Fly to Gonzaga Bay
2. Land at Playa Rancho Grande
3. Set up tent under palapa
4. Enjoy weekend
5. Fly home
The south side of Gonzaga Bay. Williard is on the right.
The south side of Gonzaga Bay. Willard is on the right.
Sunset at Punta Final.
Sunset at Punta Final.

Baja 250: Race Day

With the exception of one flat tire, the COPS Trophy Truck ran a flawless day, starting physically in the 24th position, and finishing 14th. The Class 10 car DNF’d 200 miles into the race with a blown tranny.

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Spectators and pits near RM65.5, south of Laguna Salada. The dust shows a Trophy Truck going past, right to left.
The COPS Trophy Truck rips along a pipeline near RM96.2.
The COPS Trophy Truck rips along a pipeline near RM96.2.

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The COPS Class 10 near RM65. Morgan Langley drove the first half of the race sharing duties with John Langley. Mike Howell co-drove the entire race.
The COPS Class 10 near RM65. Morgan Langley drove the first half of the race sharing duties with John Langley. Mike Howell co-drove the entire race.

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The COPS Class 10 running strong at RM96.
The COPS Class 10 running strong at RM96.
The BFG Baja TAs gathered some debris (and was still holding air). The larger stick is around 3x the thickness of a pencil.
The BFG Baja TAs gathered some debris and was still holding air.  The larger stick is around 3x the thickness of a pencil.
After the race, Red Lobster personnel pose for photos next to the COPS Trophy Truck.
After the race, Red Lobster personnel pose for photos next to the COPS Trophy Truck.

COPS Racing in the BITD Vegas to Reno

The COPS Racing Team ran two cars in the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno Off Road Race. The Class 1 ran a nearly flawless 500 mile race, but the Class 10 DNF’d after colliding with an overturned car early in the race. No COPS team members were injured in the accident.

Zak Langley stages the COPS Class 1 car (#1593) at the start of the V2R near Pahrumph, NV. The 500 mile race course roughly parallels highway 95 all the way to Reno.
Zak Langley stages the COPS Class 1 car (#1593) at the start of the V2R near Pahrumph, NV. The 500 mile race course roughly parallels highway 95 all the way to Reno.

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John Langley started the COPS Class 10 in the V2R race. Fifty miles later, he would collide with an overturned race car hidden in dust, taking the COPS car out of the race.
John Langley started the COPS Class 10 in the V2R race. Fifty miles later, he would collide with an overturned race car hidden in dust, taking the COPS car out of the race.

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Zak Langley handed off the Class 1 driving duties to Dan Martin half-way through the race. Here, Martin is slowing down for a 25 mph pit speed zone.
Zak Langley handed off the Class 1 driving duties to Dan Martin half-way through the race. Here, Martin is slowing down for a 25 mph pit speed zone.

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One of the COPS pits with a gravity-fed fueling tower.
One of the COPS pits with a gravity-fed fueling tower.
IonEarth technology allows us to see other COPS chase crews along with the race cars, greatly reducing the "guess factor."
IonEarth technology allows us to see other COPS chase crews along with the race cars, greatly reducing the “guess factor.”

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Dan Martin brings the COPS Class 1 to the finish in Reno after running out of fuel only a few miles out. A helpful course worker added commercial pump fuel to the race car's fuel cell to limp it to the finish.
Dan Martin brings the COPS Class 1 to the finish in Reno after running out of fuel only a few miles out. A helpful course worker added commercial pump fuel to the race car’s fuel cell to limp it to the finish.
Post Mortem: The COPS Class 10 after the race and after the collision with a fatally-damaged front right suspension.
Post Mortem: The COPS Class 10 after the race and after the collision with a fatally-damaged front right suspension.

San Felipe Baja 250

This race was originally slated to be run in Primm, NV, but at the last minute it was moved to San Felipe – the reason so few racers showed up. Also, it was hot – San Felipe is a good place to avoid in September (or July or August).

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Where we were chasing the prerun inland, it was 122˚. Along the coast it was only 108˚, but extremely humid. So it was either hot and humid, or really hot, but with no humidity.
Where we were chasing the prerun inland, it was 122˚. Along the coast it was only 108˚, but extremely humid. So it was either hot and humid, or really hot, but with no humidity.
Ron manages to stay cool in a kiddie pool the team purchased - the hotel where we were staying didn't have its own pool. A beer helps too.
Ron manages to stay cool in a kiddie pool the team purchased – the hotel where we were staying didn’t have its own pool, so we had to improvise. A beer helps too.

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Street art near the San Felipe Marina.
Street art near the San Felipe Marina.
A couple of local COPS fans were following the team on Facebook and decided to come by the hotel to say hello.
A couple of local COPS fans were following the team on Facebook and decided to come by the hotel to say hello.
Manny, George, Ron and I wait for the prerunners to arrive under the only shade in the area.
Manny, George, Ron and I wait for the prerunners to arrive under the only shade in the area.
John and Bill are in the first prerunner to arrive. We'll gas them up, then they'll finish the course.
John and Bill are in the first prerunner to arrive. We’ll gas them up, then they’ll finish the course.
Bill and John in the four-seater prerunner.
Bill and John in the four-seater prerunner.

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Ripping down the old Puertocitos Road, Zak arrives in the other prerunner.
Ripping down the old Puertocitos Road, Zak arrives in the other prerunner.

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A Baja road marker.
A Baja road marker.
Baja residents waiting to become road markers (or carne asada).
Baja residents waiting to become road markers (or carne asada).
Electricity went out in San Felipe, along with extreme Southern California and parts of Arizona. Hotel people came around and put candles in everyone's rooms.
Electricity went out in San Felipe, along with extreme Southern California and parts of Arizona. Hotel people came around and put candles in everyone’s rooms.
Zak brought the Class 12 home for a clean finish. Or as clean as you can get in a desert race.
Zak brought the Class 12 home for a clean finish. Or as clean as you can get in a desert race.
Endo helps the bartenders serve cool drinks after the race - the Class 10 and 12 both finished uneventful races.
Endo helps the bartenders serve cool drinks after the race – the Class 10 and 12 both finished uneventful races.

COPS Racing at the Baja 1000

COPS Racing entered three cars in the Baja 1000: Class 1, Class 4 (aka 10), and Class 12. These pics were taken at two BFG pits – one near RM690 (La Purisima, night time) and one near RM850 (Cuidad Insurgentes, daylight). John Langley brought the Class 4 to a first-in-class finish in La Paz. Hours later, Dan Martin finished in the Class 1, but not without mechanical problems. The Class 12 ran strong until it blew its motor near RM800 and was out of the race.

Grabbing a 2 a.m. taco before the Class 12 gets to us in La Purisima.
Grabbing a 2 a.m. taco before the Class 12 gets to us in La Purisima.
Waiting and waiting at the BFG pits at La Purisima.
Waiting and waiting at the BFG pits at La Purisima.
Morgan Langley brought the Class 12 in for the fuel stop. The car started in Ensenada, 15 hours earlier, and with the exception of getting stuck in a silt bed for 30 minutes, the trip was uneventful. Joe Taylor, COPS Crew Chief supervises from the left.
Morgan Langley brought the Class 12 in for the fuel stop. The car started in Ensenada, 15 hours earlier, and with the exception of getting stuck in a silt bed for 30 minutes, the trip was uneventful. Joe Taylor, COPS Crew Chief supervises the stop from the left.

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Morning tule fog in the desert cut visibility to only 25' at times.
Morning tule fog in the desert cut visibility to only 25′ at times.
At the BFG pits at Cuidad Insurgentes, Ron Martin discovers a sheared bolt on the Class 1's front suspension.
At the BFG pits at Cuidad Insurgentes, Ron Martin discovers a sheared bolt on the Class 1’s front suspension.
Dan Martin, driver, and Brian Martin, co-driver, cousin, depart the BFG pits.
Dan Martin, driver, and Brian Martin, co-driver, cousin, depart the BFG pits.
The Class 4 arrives at the BFG pits at Cuidad Insurgentes.
The Class 4 arrives at the BFG pits at Cuidad Insurgentes.
Mike Howel handled co-driving chores; Zak Langley was the driver. At the next stop, Zak would hand the wheel over to John Langley.
Mike Howel handled co-driving chores; Zak Langley was the driver. At the next stop, Zak would hand the wheel over to team owner, John Langley. John would ultimately bring the car to a first-in-class finish in La Paz.
Craig Casey inspects the Class 4 before departure. He also blew the dust out of my Tacoma's air filter (thanks!).
Craig Casey inspects the Class 4 before departure. He also blew the dust out of my Tacoma’s air filter (thanks!).

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SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300

COPS Racing entered four cars in the 300 mile SCORE race: two Class 1s, the Class 4 (aka Class 10), and the Class 12. The Class 4 and 12 would start the race at 7 a.m, while the Class 1s would start in the afternoon with the other faster classes. The course consisted of three, 100-mile loops in the desert. The COPS main pit was at the start/finish, plus four, smaller, out-lying pits.

Joe Taylor, COPS Crew Chief, sees the Class 12 car off the starting line.
Joe Taylor, COPS Crew Chief, sees the Class 12 car off the starting line.
The COPS Class 4 staging at the start of the race. The car was driven by team owner, John Langley, with co-driver Bill Young.
The COPS Class 4 staging at the start of the race. The car was driven by team owner, John Langley, with co-driver Bill Young.
The COPS heli-video crew.
The COPS heli-video crew.

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The Class 1 cars are given last-minute prep at the main pits.
The Class 1 cars are given last-minute prep at the main pits.
Dan Martin pilots the new Racer Engineering Class 1 car. Brian Martin is his co-driver.
Dan Martin pilots the new Racer Engineering Class 1 car. Brian Martin is his co-driver.
John Langley brought the COPS Class 4 car to a flawless class win.
John Langley brought the COPS Class 4 car to a flawless class win.
On-course pit area speed zones.
On-course pit area speed zones.
Bean Smith rolls past in the Penhill-built Class 1.
Bean Smith rolls past in the Penhill-built Class 1.

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Smith is interviewed at the finish by the media after a well-run race.
Smith is interviewed at the finish by the media after a well-run race.