CSU-Los Angeles Captures First Place at 1998 Mini Baja® West

After three days of competition, the California State University-Los Angeles (CSU-LA) Car #7 took top honors at the Mini Baja® West “Dunesday Classic” hosted by the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) on April 15-18, 1998. It was the team’s determination in the endurance event on Saturday, April 18th, that secured first place for the CSU-LA team with an accumulation of 898.68 total points. Making a tremendous showing for its first-ever mini baja, the “rookie” team from Brigham Young University Car #8 finished in second place with 779.42 total points and was followed closely by the University of Central Florida Car #2 in third place with 773.20 total points. Congratulations to all the teams who participated in the competition! For the list of the top 10 finishers, click here.

A huge thank you goes out to the University of Texas at El Paso for again hosting the Mini Baja® West competition after a two-year hiatus. The 1998 competition marked the tenth year that the competition has been hosted by UTEP. The naturally harsh terrain of UTEP’s Charlie Davis Park has made Mini Baja® West a true test of man and machine. The scorching sun, jagged rocks, and blowing sand create an ideal environment to punish each team’s design and workmanship.

SAE would like to recognize the following sponsors of the 1998 Mini Baja® West competition: Briggs & Stratton, General Motors, Northern Telecom, Boeing Company, UTEP, Hoy-Fox Automotive Group, and Coca-Cola. The competition was professionally organized by student volunteers from the following UTEP organizations: Student Association, American Marketing Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, and American Society of Civil Engineers.

For more information on the Mini Baja® West Competition, click here.