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SCORE Baja 1000: The Fever Begins

By Terry Marcer

SCORE Baja 1000 Fever — It is upon us now!  The teams that are marking the course (Ensenada to La Paz, starting November 18, 2012) are working on that now.  We had the South marking crew stay a couple of days ago and we will have the North marking crew in a few days.  We love this time of year as the excitement is in the air.  I don’t think there is any time of year that the locals like better.


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We started here at Ignacio Springs B&B with three yurts in 2001 and had our first race come through that fall.  We thought it would be a bunch of partying guys having a good time but we did not realize what a serious business racing is.  We were also pleasantly surprised to see all the family groups, sometimes three generations all working together as a team.  They are very serious and those that stayed that first year have come back every second year (when it passes through San Ignacio to La Paz) since.  They are the best people!  We have usually had a team or two ‘pit’ on our property as well.  Last time we had two teams that pitted with us and won first in their respective classes.  I just had to post on our Facebook page that all the winners stay at Ignacio Springs!


Ignacio Springs B&B's thatched yurts and cabins are a magnet for SCORE Baja 1000 participants.

We now rent 11 yurts/rooms and have several multi-bed options and cots that can be added as needed.  We have made the best friends among our clientele base and there is a saying about Bad Roads bringing Good People and I don’t think there can be much worse roads than the Baja 1000 course.

This year we are very busy working on our latest project, Tootsie’s Bar and Grill which will be located just off the square.  We hope to be open by November 7th and will be open 6 days a week, closing only on Tuesdays.  Tootsies will offer a varied menu with a little bit of an international fare and cold drinks!  The site is the historic building that most recently housed the Farmacia Ceseña and this building was the site of all the social events in San Ignacio before the salon social was built.  There is a bar and sitting area inside as well as a patio dining area out back.  Hours will be 11 am to 10 pm or later as needed.  We hope to give the race teams and their support crews a new option for dining in San Ignacio.  It is easy to find, three lefts once you get to the square and you are there.  You can also park in the square and walk through the paseo almost directly to Tootsies!  Can’t wait to have you get to know our daughter Toni who dreamed up the idea of Tootsie’s and will be running it.  The Fever is upon us!  Good luck to all teams!

Terry and Gary Marcer own the San Ignacio Springs Bed & Breakfast, located right on a small lagoon in a thick thatch of beautiful date palms, and famous for its thematic yurt suites and rooms.  For more information, call them at (01) 52-615-154-0333.  Email them at or visit Ignacio Springs on Facebook.  

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  1. Steve Ammann says

    Terry and Gary’s yurts are awesome and Terry’s breakfasts are fabulous. My son and I love swimming in the river and staying in the yurts!

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