Rallye Raid style race in Mexico

A truly unique race in

North America

March 15-20, 2020

Sonora, Mexico

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Press Release:

Sonora Rally Record Entry

PRESS RELEASE  -   September 30, 2015 :



(previously known as Cortez Rally)

Last April, Dakar Rally veterans Darren Skilton and Scott Whitney brought their vast knowledge and unique experience to a brand new off-road rally running through the intoxicating and massive sand dunes of Mexico's Sonora desert; dunes that rival those in Africa and surpass those found in South America. Under the name Cortez Rally, they worked with the NORRA race organization to give racers an opportunity to experience a true cross-country navigation rally through widely varied and never before raced desert terrain. Next year, with a new name and an all new course, the 2016 Sonora Rally will again lead competitors through spectacular scenery and challenging navigation. The only rally of its kind in North America, Sonora Rally competitors must use true, Dakar-style “HP Navigation” (coming from the French phrase “Hors Piste” which means "offtrack"). Participants will be able to follow existing trails until arriving in the sand dune areas at which point they will have to navigate and finish via compass and expert Scott Whitney's road books. The four day event will include a new version of last years popular bivouac, created by, giving competitors and crew a central location to gather and camp in the stunningly beautiful dunes. The bivouac will be complete with The Sonora Cantina, new camp style showers and bathroom facilities, and round the clock food availability.

Entry will include a half-day rally school, making this true adventure accessible to all levels. "The overwhelmingly positive response we received from last years competitors was all we needed to bring this rally back in 2016" says Skilton. "When you hear Dakar Rally ambassador and last year's Cortez champion, Quinn Cody say 'What an amazing adventure! From hundreds of miles of massive sand dunes in the Altar desert to crazy flooded dry lake beds in Baja, this was one of the most incredible events I have ever been a part of! Can't wait for next year!', you know you have created something special.

NEW IN 2016!

► 4 -WHEEL SAFARI CLASS - For those enthusiasts who want to participate without a fully prepped race vehicle, join the SAFARI CLASS (must be street legal but no roll cage required), and run on selected sections of the course without being timed or scored. Learn how to navigate during the rally school and with road book and compass in hand, get a strong taste of the rally experience and great off-road adventure without the expense of a fully race built car or truck!

► MALLE MOTO - For those moto competitors without crew vehicle support, the race organization will transport supply box, camping gear and spare wheels to each bivouac location and will provide transport of race moto back to the "day one" start location at the end of the rally.

► COMPLIMENTARY HOTEL ROOM - The first 20 paid entries will receive one complementary room (double) at the host hotel the night before the first rally stage.  (November 11 Update: Sorry, the first 20 entries have already been received).

Sonora Rally includes categories for cars/trucks, motorcycles, UTVs, quads and Safari.

Watch and  Sonora Rally Facebook page for additional details.

2016 REGISTRATION WILL OPEN THURSDAY OCTOBER 1st and will be LIMITED to 40 competitors

2016 SONORA RALLY DATES: April 3th - 7th, with registration and rally school on April 3rd, and racing 4th - 7th.

Contact Darren Skilton: +1 (562) 682-2226,  |   |

Quinn Cody Off Road Boot Camp , "Desierto de Altar". Cortez Rally Day 2

Posted by ZooRoadCo on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Little teaser video I shot with the iPad from the helicopter. Looking forward to the real footage.

Posted by Sonora Rally on Saturday, April 25, 2015


Posted by Sonora Rally on Thursday, October 1, 2015

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