1000 Miles to Glory; A Tribute to the SCORE Baja 1000, combining a pre-race press conference, stage interviews with drivers and a live auction, will be held Wednesday, September 6, 2000 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Tickets are $50.00 (proceeds to benefit the Museum) which includes a Mexican buffet dinner, wine and beer. For reservations call (323) 964-6311.
The event is a tribute to the rich and colorful past of the SCORE Baja 1000, and will include a least 15 historically important race vehicles, many of which have not been seen in years. Cars scheduled to appear are the ³Old Red² original Meyers Manx; the Bill Stroppe-prepared ³Big Oly² Bronco; the original Funco Wampuskitty; the ³Brick Privy² Jeep; Walker Evan¹s original Class 8 Chevrolet truck; an original BRE-prepared Datsun 510; the BFGoodrich Chevy Blazer; and the Oldsmobile ³Banshee.² Special restoration unveilings of two of the sport¹s most recognized machines--the Vic Hickey / Steve McQueen ³Baja Boot² and the Drino Miller ³Dune Buggies Magazine² single seater that won the race in 1970 and Œ71--will also take place. Several historic motorcycles and a broad selection of current race machinery are also part of the evening¹s festivities.
1000 Miles to Glory will be hosted by ABC ³Wide World of Sports² announcer Jack Arute, and include a video presentation and on-stage interviews. Such notable Baja legends scheduled to appear include Parnelli Jones, Ivan Stewart, Robby Gordon, Drino Miller, Frank ³Scoop² Vessels, Bob Gordon, Malcolm Smith, Walker Evans, Bruce Meyers, Rod Hall, Ed Pearlman, and Sal Fish.
A major part of the 1000 Miles to Glory schedule is a Tecate SCORE Baja 2000 press conference, which will feature several factory announcements and the unveiling of the cover art for the new 1000 Miles to Glory history book. Diring the evening, there will also be a silent auction of off-road memorabilia and a live auction for actual rides in the Tecate SCORE Baja 2000, courtesy of Wide Open¹s ³Ultimate Baja Challenge.²
³This upcoming event represents a very dynamic concept as the SCORE Baja 1000 is an icon event with definite southern California roots,² explained Ken Gross, Director, Petersen Automotive Museum. ³The fact that the longest and most prestigious version of this legendary race happens only two months after this fund-raiser makes the whole idea very exciting - it¹s history and the future all wrapped into one package.²
The concept is the vision of long-time off-road racer Marty Fiolka, whose Rennsport Group marketing agency is producing the event along with SCORE International and the Petersen Automotive Museum. Fiolka is also the author of the 1000 Miles to Glory history book, a full-color coffee table work to be published in 2001.
In addition to this special night, the Museum will make the display open to the public from September 7 - 10.
General Information The Petersen Automotive Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles. For general Museum information, call 323/930-CARS or visit the Museum¹s website address at www.petersen.org.