Classic Dodge triumphs at punishing Mexican rally

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A 1978 Dodge pick-up owned by rally veteran Walker Evans has taken overall victory on the Mexican 1000 run by the National Off-Road Racing Association from 28 April – 1 May.

For much of the gruelling event, two-time winners Bob Gordon, Frank Arciero, Ryan Arciero and Tim Crabtree led the overall standings in their 1992 Chenowth-Toyota.

But they suffered a broken rear hub towards the end of the enduro leaving the door open for Evans to snatch victory.

Setting off from Mexicali, competitors travelled 1200 miles down the west coast of the Gulf of Mexico, visiting Bahía de los Ángeles, Loreto, La Paz and San José del Cabo.

The 1956 VW Beetle of John Howard and Judy Smith finally made it to the finish line on its fourth attempt, earning the car a Spirit of NORRA award.

Rick Johnson and Jim Riley's awesome newly restored 1957 Chevy Bel Air, meanwhile scooped top honours in the hotly contested Vintage Production Sedan class.

The event was marred by tragedy, however, when motorcyclist Jimmy Stoker was killed in a collision with another vehicle.

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