After an epic 5 days of stages, 1365 miles of rocks, whoops, silt and grueling Baja desert running down the peninsula, Mark Stahl crossed the finish line winning the Legends Truck Class and qualifying as the first and fastest finisher on BILSTEIN shock absorbers. The NORRA Mexican 1000 allows modern fans and racers to have a nostalgic view into historic off-road racing. Vehicles compete in a multitude of classes categorized by the evolution of motorsports technology through the decades – an evolution that BILSTEIN is proud to be a fundamental contributor.

True to period-correct equipment Stahl’s vehicle is equipped with BILSTEIN’s M 7100 Classic Series shocks. These performance monotube shocks have been staple items among vintage racecars in the Baja desert and continue to serve NORRA competitors. Stahl never had to get out of the truck once during the special (race) stages and pushed his Ford F-100 to the limits.

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“These grueling endurance races demand high-performance driving skill from the racers and are a true testament to the quality and durability of BILSTEIN Shocks,” said Emil Foldager, Off-road Marketing Segment Specialist at BILSTEIN Shock Absorbers.

Congrats to Mark Stahl and his team for taking the win and adding another BILSTEIN Madonna award to his repertoire!

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The tradition of the Madonna Award in the United States began in 1984 with the NASCAR Winston Cup Championships, and has evolved to recognize the accomplishments of individuals in many areas of motorsports, including Dale Earnhardt, Ivan Stewart, Jerett Brooks and Mark McMillin. The BILSTEIN Madonna award is given to “an individual who wins a championship in a major American racing series, displays sportsmanship and positive character traits on and off the track, and possesses an intense desire to win while overcoming adversities.”