The 2015 Cortez Rally

Sunday, April 26 through Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn't always win the race . . .Bible

2015 Cortez Rally and Mexican 1000



This year Paul decided to enter the Cortez rally, a brand new, true Rally Raid for North America. It was organized† by two winners of the Dakar rally in conjunction with NORRA and the Mexican 1000. Having done the M1k two years in a row on a Honda 350 and two years in a row with Dorothy the 18 year old Outback, Paul thought this would be a new challenge worth doing. The following is my account. This link is Paulís article that describes more in depth what a rally raid is and his account of the Cortez Rally.

Our small team decided it best to take a look at some of the mechanicals before trotting off to flog Dorothy again this year, several new sponsors jumped in to make this trip affordable. My parts supplier Cost Less Auto Parts of Vancouver provided us with some much needed up grades. I put in a new clutch and decided to take a look at the heads, pistons and cylinders. I wanted to see how the ceramic coating was holding up. There was only one spot on one combustion chamber that had some coating come off and it was only about 2mm in diameter.

In addition, we replaced the original radiator with almost 200,000 miles on it. New inner tie rods, a left front axle, both rear drive axles (again), and a used AC compressor off a donor Outback.

Paul knew he would be navigating giant sand dunes, so he bought some sand ladders (pictured at right) to get out of deep sand.

Paul lives on the Oregon coast by sand lake. So he went out to get Dorothy stuck so he could practice getting unstuck. It turns out that he could not get stuck out on the Oregon coast as the sand was too wet and packed.† He did however get stuck everyday in the big sand† dunes of the Sonoran desert.