Words by: Bink Designs
Photography: Bink Designs
La Paz, Baja California Mexico
Just one week ago, Jay Reichert and Charles Dorrance were hanging out with fans at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Reichert spent many hours in the booths of Rigid Industries, Alcon, Spal Fans, ReplayXD and Aurora Bearings signing War Machine posters. Now he was standing in the desert of Baja Mexico waiting for the R&D Motorsports, War Machine Trophy Truck that was long overdue. Charles took the green flag in Ensenada and was racing south on the ruthless, 1,275 mile long course at the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 when disaster struck.
Navigating through the many water crossings in frog wash, he hit an unusually deep hole that sent a deluge of water flooding into the cockpit. The water worked its way into the electronics, causing damage to several systems on board. In order to fix it, the crew first had to get to the truck. Despite quick work responding, diagnosing the problem and making repairs, they suffered 8 hours of down time.
When Reichert got behind the wheel, the challenge he faced was daunting. Not only did he have to negotiate hundreds of miles of rocks, deep silt and whoops but he would have to do it in the dust of those cars that filed past while they were down. Charles had been running strong before the dousing; he was in 7th place after starting 18th. He was ahead of Justin Davis who finished 5th overall but those gains were long gone.
Reichert drove like a banshee once the War Machine was back on course. “I worked my way past UTV’s into the 1600 cars,” says Reichert, “I then passed the 10’s, class ones and finally, Trophy Trucks. Our Rigid Industries amber LED light package gave us a huge advantage in the dust. It would have been much harder getting around so many cars with conventional lighting. The course got really rough and technical from about mile 915 to the finish. It was technical but fun, it’s the Baja 1000, it should separate the men from the boys. We had one issue that cost us plenty but otherwise, the War Machine was awesome.”
The team’s perseverance paid off with a 13th place finish out of 32 Trophy Trucks that started. Many of the early front runners suffered terminal failures and did not finish. The War Machine crew never backed down from the challenge. They soldiered through day and night to get to the finish.
About R&D Motorsports: R&D Motorsports is a premier off-road race team out of Austin, Texas. Piloting the #26 Trophy Truck, also known as “The War Machine”, the driver combination of Charles Dorrance and Jay Reichert compete in the elite SCORE-International Off-Road Racing Series and select Best In The Desert races.
Visit // www.trophytruck26.com
About Bink Designs: Bink Designs is a premier graphic design company located in San Diego. Since 2003, we have been committed to providing cost-effective solutions to our clients’ high-end graphic needs. Whether you want to create, maintain, or revamp your corporate identity, Bink Designs will work with you to develop a strategy that matches your goals. Bink Designs offers a number of services, including: Identity, Print Design, Vinyl Graphics, Web Design, Photography and Apparel.
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