Malcolm Smith and JN Roberts are teaming up to compete in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 utilizing a 2007 Husqvarna TC 510. Forty years ago, during the first Mexican 1000, Smith and Roberts rode to a two-wheel victory aboard a 1967 Husqvarna 360.
Festivities associated with the 40th anniversary of the event take place Nov. 10-16. The race itself travels from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas.
A key priority for bike 301X — The Malcolm Smith Motorsports/Sunstar Racing For Life Off-road Team — is its pledge to raise money and awareness for The Scleroderma Foundation, The Lance Armstrong Foundation and The Malcolm Smith Motorsports Foundation.
The Malcolm Smith Motorsports/Sunstar Racing For Life Offroad Team comprises Malcolm Smith and JN Roberts, Curt Gerritsen, John Gerritsen, Kent Richardson, Jim FIlanc, Les Walker, Dave Simon and Jerry Jones. JN Roberts and Jim Filanc, Racing For Life Team co-captain with Malcolm Smith, are both cancer survivors and are on a mission to help find a cure for the disease.
A fully restored 1967 Husqvarna 360, restored to race condition as won by Malcolm and JN 40 years ago, will be auctioned off in January at the Mid America Vintage Motorcycle Auction along with the 2007 Husqvarna, with the net proceeds be donated to the three charities.
A television special will air Dec. 23 on Pinned TV in the San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix cable TV markets, retelling the story of that first race 40 years ago and featuring Malcolm and JN in this year?s race. In October 2007, Malcolm and JN joined Larry Monir, Rod Hall, Ray Harvick, Dick Hansen, John Barnes and Bruce Meyers in Anza, Calif. to film personal interviews and recollections of that first race in 1967. All these men either competed or built winning vehicles for the first race.
For wider TV coverage of the 2007 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, watch NBC Sports Dec. 30 and The Outdoor Channel beginning Feb. 16.