What is Locos Mocos

In the beginning!
It was November 1997 and we were running a pit down by San Felipe for the Iron man. Ivan broke before Borrego and we had all the tools and food and pit stuff… so we thought about where we could go to set up a “mercy pit” along the course to help whoever needed us.  We ran up to Tres Hermanos, got a fire going, set up lights, cooked dinner and settled in for the night well ahead of the first race car.

Through the course of the night we dumped some oil into a 5-1600 car and gave last rights to a shock mount on an 11 car and in the process came up with a concept.  Since we’d be at the races anyway, why not combine spectating with running a good pit for whomever needs us?  We all love to off-road so we would pick the most remote spot possible.  Not only would getting there be an adventure but we also would be of most help to racers where no other assistance was available.  For the first time for many of us we would get to watch the entire race go by.

At the ’98 San Felipe 250 we set up our first pit on top of Azufre Pass.  A 20 mile long, really deep, whooped, steep, sandy wash full of boulders headed up to that point so it looked like a good spot.  We change a tire for Jason Baldwin and did a bunch of work on all kinds of cars. We had a real blast. We pitted the 1000 in ’98.

Since then we’ve pitted the 500 once and the 1000 twice up in the pine forest ’98 & ’99, twice at the silt beds at El Cuarenta 2000 & ’02, once on that really silty hill by San Telmo Rd in ’01, in the silt at the beach at Punta Canoas in ’03.  In addition to “mercy †pits” we also regularly act as one link in a chain of full service pits offered by pit clubs, first for Mag 7 then for Baja Pits.

We get asked all the time about our membership.  We don’t have membership!  Locos Mocos is an organism not an organization.  Without getting all zen about it we just flow.  With the exception of rotating the pack mule duties between a couple of guys.  We just show up and throw up one of the best pit operations Baja racing has known.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Lloyd. June 18, 2010 at 4:10 am

Hi guys, not sure which part of the site i am meant to be sending a message to, Baja Jones told me to hook up with this site to get some stuff sent to me about the itinary and organizing you guys are doing for the 1000 this year. I have booked a ticket and hope to catch everyone for pre running, if there is enything i can do to help please let me know.

Thanks.

Lloyd.

Curt Schermerhorn July 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Just saw your guys footage again on DP videos…awesome thing you guys do. Looks like you all have fun and do a great job of helping people out. Someday, I’ll have to find the time to join you guys for a race or two

Robert Gamboa August 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Hey guys just wanted to know if you are going to 1000 in 2010 i would love to join you guys i have been a tech for 20 years and would love to help.

BCG1 August 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Hey, Curt, why don’t you pencil in San Felipe in March next year? Easy Baja, good weather and lots of action. Great time to get your feet wet.

Jose Garcia, "Bajabro" September 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Jones,

You have no idea how much fun I had with the Locos Mocos crew in the 2008 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. It was the best day of my life.

I can’t wait until November’s 2010 Baja 1000. I will be there with a new PreRunner and a new set of tools. I’m going to be pitting with you guys with a 150 percent work effort.

I’ll bring some hot girls with me again. Just make sure there’s plenty of Tecate for everyone.

See you at the Mil.

Vaya con Dios,

Jose Garcia, aka Bajabro
Internet Coordinator
Salinas Valley Ford Lincoln Mercury
831-444-4444

Jordan Mendoza September 21, 2010 at 7:54 am

Hi my name is Jordan the year before last we pitted with you guys at the baja 1000. Was myself and my dad the welder we were unable to go this past year but we would very much like to meet up with you guys this year please contact me as soon as possible so that I can get my schedule figured out thank you.

rafa!!! October 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm

nise and sound like funn!!!! keep the yotas going pimppins!!!

Rooster February 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

MY BROTHER AND I WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER FOR BAJA 500 2012. I HAVE A 4X4 DUELLY AND A FLATBEB TRLR.WE CAN HAUL EQUIP OR ANYTHING ELSE. PLEASE SEND INFO ON HOW THINGS WORK…….

jose ledezma May 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Hi , I know its late notice but we’ve been racing 5-1600 for a while now but won’t be able to race the 500, id figure if were gonna go watch maybe you guys need a few volunteers ? I own a small welding company and can supply a good work truck with generators welders and hand tool , or if just a couple of guys as support ? Were not looking for a hand out or anything like that we pay our own way, just wanna help those who need it , get back to me if possible and thanks either way see u there !God bless 619 864 2910

BajaBro Lover June 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Anyone else see that big bulge in BajaBros pants…that dude must have an 8″ cock!

Matt Kuczkowski November 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

As posted to Race-dezert.com:

A huge shout out and thank you to the good folks known as Locos Mocos manning Baja Pit 10 at RM 440. My bike succumbed to the silt beds the night before the race. A buddy and me towed, pushed, and pulled by disabled bike for 12 miles over a two hour period. While taking a much need break in a silty right hand sweeper, we saw lights in the distance. To our good fortune, two trucks came upon us and stopped to help. Five minutes later my bike was loaded in “Baton Rouge’s” Raptor, and I was enjoying a beer in the back seat of “Popeye’s” F150 pre-runner as we ripped down the course ten miles to the pit.

As soon as we arrived, my bike was out of the truck and onto a stand with a group of four assessing the mechanical failure. They checked the airbox, pulled the float bowl of the carb, and cleaned the jets. When that didn’t work, off went the tank to get access to the plug. It was a bit dirty from the silt causing it to run rich, but there was a healthy spark. A shot of ether still could not get it to fire, so we accepted it was a more serious engine failure than could be fixed in the field. Finally, we siphoned the fuel out of my bike and into my buddy’s so he could continue 60 miles to Hwy 1 and on to Catavina for the night.

The crew of 30+ took me in and fed me a lobster burrito. After dinner, Omar, a sixteen year old kid mature beyond his years, offered up his place in a two man tent, complete with a bed roll, and sleeping bag. He slept in the cab of a Dodge truck.

Friday morning everyone was up well before the bikes came through. Nicole from Total Chaos offered up a sat-phone so I could tell my wife I was OK, and would be home in a couple more days. For the next 30 hours the pit was rocking. A spotter was on the hill a mile before the pit calling out vehicle numbers over the radio so the crew was prepared for in-coming racers. They were pretty damned organized for being in the middle of nowhere.

Baja Jones kept the camp well fed with breakfast burritos, sandwiches, beef stew, Pismo clams, lobster, and crabs. Nobody went hungry.

Ultimately, Trey hauled me and my bike out of Fish Camp and on to Gonzaga for the night. On Sunday, we made our way back to the states through Calexico and into my home town of San Diego.

Thanks again to the Locos Mocos crew for taking such good care of a stranger. You rock!

jimbotched June 22, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Thank you guys. I once snuck my Subaru (’94 Legacy station wagon!) into your pits – you guys assumed I was in a buggy when I said I needed help with my Subaru…! I puttered up up the Mil course in a station wagon with a snapped tie rod and one wheel pointed south, you guys laughed but still welded a 5/8th inch wrench in there to hold it together. – I drove on that for years!
Much love, Jimbotched

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