Our History, Part 1

McGill Baja has a proud history full of hard work, friendship, ingenuity and sweat. From sleepless nights to Jacquelin’s Sugar Shack Challenge, we have experienced it all over the years.┬áStarting 1984 a group of engineers, who will remain nameless due to lack of records, joined together to form the McGill Baja Racing Team.

Luckily, we have been able to dig up a few photos of our retired bajas, some of which are from a time prior to the years of coloured photography.

The First Ever McGill Baja, 1984

This baja was getting ready to compete in McGill’s first ever competition, the 1984 Mini Baja East competition, set in Morgantown, West Virginia. We wished we knew how well we did in our first attempt, but at least we can safely say that those attending members fought valiantly and served McGill proudly.

In 1989 we return to Morgantown, West Virgina, but this time we not only race on land but also in water. We are not sure if this is McGill’s first amphibious baja, but we can once again see the awesome power of our bajas’ to tackle any challenge that may present itself.

McGill Baja splashes into the water, and floats!

In 1993 McGill  heads on down to Orlando, Florida for the Mini Baja East competition, this time we bring a camera that can take coloured photos. Once again we have an amphibious baja and some more wet shoes.

McGill sporting some blue, wouldn’t have noticed that without coloured photos

Putting that engine to work as we sail through the water

It should be noted that eight years before McGill Baja came into existence the SAE Mini Baja competitions were founded. We are all very thankful to those men and women who provide these exceptional competitions every year. Without their hard work, our lives wouldn’t be quite the same, there would just be something missing.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of SAE Mini Baja competitions, all you have to do is click here.

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