Chula Vista CORR

While Codemaster's Dirt has become my favorite racing game, one of the lesser appreciated forms of off-road racing for me has been CORR, or Championship Off-Road Racing. One of the featured tracks I've raced with my measly thumbs was Chula Vista's old rally path. Recently, some racing folk converted an old quarry into a permanent CORR facility. Just miles from Mexico, the new facility barely withheld the crowd that came out to see the trucks and buggies fight it out in the dirt. Me, too.

Of the featured vehicles, single buggies led the pack with mediocre engines and modest shocks. The fun here came from the 36 entries that raced at the same time.

While the single buggiest lined up around the track, the view summarized most of the shots from my vantage point. From the long straightaway that passed in front of the bleachers, turn 1 extended high up onto the quarry and descended just below on the right. A short jump led the drivers into a hairpin right for turn 2, before another jump and a long climb up to turn 3. Atop, various moguls shook up the trucks until the massive jump that extended over Monster hill. I couldn't see much of the course after that, but I think that this seat more than sufficed.

Turn 1, the single buggies packed into the curve.

Even at turn 3, they drove in droves.

Over the hill before turn 2.

For being little more than over-sized go-carts, these managed to get some impressive air.

By the end of the race, cars were strewn throughout the track.

Second were the super buggies. These squeezed in any four-cylinder engine that would fit in the frame with a big budget for shocks and tires. Many of these carts could rival the big pro trucks that came later. Turn 1 was loud as they poured into the turn.

No cart had an easy ride with the next in high speed close pursuit.

Over the jump and sliding down Monster hill 3 carts wide! Wow! Wow is typically reserved for motorsport commercials, but I felt it was actually warranted.

The red BF Goodrich cart by Matt Kross started in last place. By the mandatory yellow flag that happens halfway through every CORR event, he crept up to third and kept the pressure on.

Taking the outside with heat, he moved up to second.

Flying super buggies!

It wasn't long before he pushed through to first and won the race.

In the final laps, Danny Sullivan took a spill over the hill...

...rolling over and over down the long stretch...

...before ultimately walking away from his cart parked on a street truck. The crowd cheered and applauded further when it was proclaimed that the truck belonged to the course designer. Of all people, you'd think he'd know where not to park.

After losing several buggies in a turbulent yellow lap, the remaining dug harder into the turns to rack up those precious points.

The real event came next: the Pro-4 trucks. These four-wheel drive monsters sported more than 800hp that shook the ground when the pace truck took cover.

Having four-wheel drive meant the drivers could really attack the turns.

Roaring all-out from turn 3 meant little trouble from the moguls...

...and a couple hundred feet in the air while careening down the big hill.

Raw power.

These trucks represented the pinnacle of the CORR outfit.

Riding low before the jump.

With the mandatory yellow flag halfway through the race, drivers competed for good positioning, and fought harder to hold it than gain more. An early lead doesn't mean much when second place with be dropped right on your rear fender with half the race to go.

Second and third before the half were watching the leader's every move.

Hanging tight for position.

Big air off the ramp before turn 3.

A heavy wake of dust and fervor.

Once the second green waved, there was no more holding pack. Every truck kept it close.

Off turn 1, the leader swung wide, and dug hard to keep his lead...

...while second place broke for the lane...

...neck to neck going over the first jump...

...and hitting the ground running.

Liftoff.

Media rats waiting for their moment.

Although the leader started to pull away in the early laps, a long turn before the straightaway allowed the others to catch up.

Heavy powerslides through turn 1. Full throttle.

Making every inch count.

Adrian Cenni ultimately ended up scraping the nose of his truck going over the big jump, and his truck tumbled down the big hill flipping front over front. Even near the bottom of the hill, the truck continued to carry into the air.

With an ambulance, he did survive.

Still going.

As the wreckage settled, truck body parts continued to fly.

The race must go on.

The resulting red, yellow flags again moved the competition breathing on first place.

Driving hard.

Flat tire casualty.

Lastly for me, the Pro-2 trucks rallied their rear-wheel drive carts over the torn path...

...digging and sliding any track early to get the lead...

...which included an inside take out-of-bounds...

...but four-wide and three-wide, they poured over the first jump...

...no lack of intensity here.

The black truck was knocked almost over the dirt wall as trucks sped inside.

Fury in retaliation.

Cruising the good life in first place.

Up and over turn 1.

Real-wheel drive meant a big more slippage.

Closing the gap.

No room for mistakes with heavy engines on your tail.

After two rolls on the tight turn, the AMS Oil truck just couldn't make the full circle...

...and ended up with a spot of flame under the body.

Traffic jam. Typical San Diego.

A close race.

Turn 3 bunched them up before they went sliding down the big hill.

Unfettered and unleashed.

While the Pro-4 and Pro-2 trucks went back to the pits for the second round of races later in the evening, many fans dropped by the makeshift garages to lend a hand.

Lots of power.

Inside the driver's seat.

Heavy shockage.

It has to be pointed out: Lucas Oil.

Behind the second set of stands on the western side of the track.

Truck with all the fixins.

Tweaking victory.

From the western stands, here's another view of the track. I was on the southern stretch near turn 1 on the right. Monster hill is to the left of turn 3 in the distance.

Hawks on a ridge.

Easy money for kids.

Tire sculptors.

A bit of a snarl on the frame.

This truck didn't race today. Just there to look pretty.

Truck men.

Down monster hill.

Oh, the fans.

Truck: the official vehicle of CORR.

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