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February 25, 2008

Baja 3000 Donation Kings/Queens!

Ripping Supporters!!!

We have been stoked by all the kindness you have shown for this project. The rigs are packed to the roofs with clothing, toys, books, bikes and supplies! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we hope you will stay tuned to the trip progress during March 7-16th. Those who would still like to help out, cash will be the best vehicle to make a difference at this time, please contact Robert before March 7th, 831-206-3080.

[previous] The TGT Team would like to thank the following people who have helped turn this dream into a reality. Your incredible offerings have really blown us away! Our goal as stewards, are to identify the needs, prioritize the needs and use 100% of the proceeds to make a difference. It will be our honor to spread your gifts to the people of Baja whom are less fortunate.

The Duke Kahanamoku Surfer! ($5,000.00 +)
Liz E.

The Platinum Surfer! ($2,500 - $4,999.00)

The Golden Surfer! ($1000 - $2,499.00)

The Silver Surfer! ($100 - $999.00)
A. Lee E.
Emily M.
Ed M.
Stuart & Carol K.
Mike L. & Karen B.
Bernadette B-G.
Dennis & Vicki R.

The Soul Surfer! ($1 - $99)
Mark & Kathy T.
Robert & Pat T.
Zack & Julie T.
Maureen & Louie A.
Colleen & Madison F.
Stella T.
Mike & Joelle T.
Clayton & Paula T.
Helen T.
Stan & Debbie R.
Tamerie G.
Christian N.
Rick S.
Mary A.
Leslie B.
Bob F.
Audrey H-M.
Royce F.
Bernadette B-G.
Jennifer J.
Scott J.
Lena S.
Monica S.
Jim & Joan H.
Steve & Kathy E.
Marcia P.
Pete & Becky V.
Keith S.


SPONSERS (Please give these folks a shout!)
Stokes Signs
Lloyds Tire Service
Scarborough Lumber
Hammond Glass Engraving
Rainbow Fin Company, LLC

The following list are those who have given blood, sweat, tears and costly items to help each team reach their goals!

Team Manresa
Bo Stout and Kennedy Auto - Replacement transmission!
Juan Villaron - Crew Chief & Master Mechanic
Eugene Milburn, Mercury Metals - Metal Supplies
Lou Urbina - Metal Fabricator
Mark Treanor - Shop Use, First Aid Kits

Team El Dorado
AMZ Financial Insurance Services, LLC - New Tires!

Team Westside
Bob Cleaves, CEO of Wilderness Conservancy, supplies!

Team Los Angeles

February 2, 2008

Packin' Party

Two rigs are filled to the roofs, Team Manresa & Team El Dorado.


With all the donations we've received I wondered if we could even fit everything in. Bob's house had tons of goodies.... Mostly clothing, but we also have bicycles, arts and craft and school supplies, roller blades, toys, stuffed animals, surfboards and even a windsurf board setup! Since the Sentinel Article tons of folks have been dropping off donations.

Team Westside is well on their way with arts and crafts goodies and more gear to grab in southern California. Rumor has it, Team SV/Burbank has locked down a Ford F150 (Wy's old truck, details forthcoming). The plan is to load this rig in San Clemente on the way down.

Thanks to: Rob, Danny N., Randy, Mike B., Mike S., Bobbie, Marilyn and Shari!

Major kudos to Jeff/Scarborough for the containers

SPECIAL THANKS to: SHARI & MARILYN the Uber Packers, without your help we would have been sitting with a blank stare saying "Where do we start?" !!!!

Everyone pitched in to organize and pack the donations, powered by Marilyn's bagels and coffee.



Team Eldorado's rig packed up, complete with Starsky & Hutch leather jackets on the front seats.

Team Manresa packed up, racks are pending, we'll load boards, bikes and windsurf gear on the roof! Where are we going to sleep!

February 3, 2008

Team Burbank

Team LA decided to use Wyatt's old truck and clean up his driveway. Jeff and Wyatt wanted to step away from the Suburban madness and drive what they believe to be a true Baja rig. This 3/4 ton Ford F-250 is tried and true and has already been Baja-proven many times in the past. It's going to be the vehicle that carries Foundation For His Ministry goods to Vincente Guerrero. New tires, a nice CD player, and will soon get tuned up for the trip! Watch out Team Westside and Team Manresa! Team Burbank is ready to rumble.

The Burbank rig.

Olson is already celebrating!olson_wolfe.jpg

February 13, 2008

Team ????

Baja3000 organizer Bob E. stumbles on an opportunity!

toyotas.jpgEric and his twin Toyota SR5s

In addition to all of the toys, clothes and tools, Baja3000 also received some cold hard cash. These generous cash donors left Bob E. with a challenge. Bring down a little dough that the teams could use to nimbly address need, or purchase another vehicle to give away. While looking into what Baja3000 could buy, Bob found Eric's 1991 SR5 Toyota (red) on craigslist and got in touch. When Bob and Eric met and the Baja3000 story was told Eric offered a second SR5 (1992) for an additional 50%! We're now up to six cars and we still have a little cash to spread around! We may need more drivers at this rate.

Both Toyotas are in good shape with minor body blemishes.

THANK YOU for your generosity Eric.

Tomorrow, Bob and Mike will head to San Diego to explore the ins and outs of transferring the car titles from the US to Mexico. Also unidentified is the total cost of doing the transfers. There will be taxes, licensing/document fees, the transfer broker cost and who knows what else. We're hoping things go smoothly, worst case, we can sell one of the vehicles to cover any excessive charges.

Check back Friday or this weekend for an update on Mike and Bob's visit to San Diego and to ffhm.org, the donation center in San Clemente where we'll load up more donations for the San Vincente Orphanage on the first leg of the adventure.

February 22, 2008

"The Beast" gets new tires!

The Beast has received lots of loving care and many needed upgrades, including a new radiator, newer transmission, major tuneups, etc. It's ready to tackle Baja and get there with plenty of life left. There was one problem.... The rear tires were pretty bad.

When we tell anyone about the Baja3000, their first question is, "how are your tires?" Well, we can now say, thanks to Lloyd's Tires in Santa Cruz, "our tires are great." Larry Johnson, owner or Lloyd's Tires stepped up and replaced two well-worn tires on the back of Team Manresa's 1988 Suburban. He made sure that the car had high quality all-terrain skins, even taking the time to match the white lettering that was on the existing front tires.

Larry Johnson shows Rob the new skins

Lloyd's shop in Santa Cruz

The new rubber

February 27, 2008

Stokes Signs Sticks it to Baja3000


Santa Cruz signmaker extraordinaire Steve Hosmer found out about the trip and stepped up with some super hip, custom vinyl vehicle stickers. The Baja3000 logos will go on each car so we can be more conspicuous to the criminals searching for weak prey.

Super special thanks to the Stokes crew for doin their thing in a pro way.... Even "weeding" all of the vinyl for us!

The Baja3000 logo

The crew at Stokes. Derek, Justine, Ashley and Steve. Steve was so "stoked" on the trip, he got a new tat!

Check out the Stokes store for local Santa Cruz artwork in poster, postcard and originals.

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