It was 25 years ago, in 1983, when a group of fans of motor sports, lead by FranÃ§ois Vincent and Carlos Gracia, current President of the Spanish Federation af Automovilism and then President of the Aragonese-Riojan Federation, chose the Monegros desert in Saragosse to set up an ambitious project which made Baja to be the spanish referent of Cross Country events already consolidated such as the Dakar or the Baja California.
ThatÂ´s how the Spanish Baja was born, a race of 1.000km non-stop which was called Baja Montesblancos, because its start was from the old SaragosseÂ´s Casino Montesblancos.
This new event was a cheaper solution for the Cross Country fans; cheaper than Sahara raids, where they had more expenses in transportation and organization. The situation of Aragon in Europe and the good infrastructures of the city of Saragosse, helped to convince the creators that Saragosse was the best place to develop this competition.
In 1988, the Real AutomÃ³vil Club of Catalonia (RACC), got the organization and, after the anulation of the 1992 edition of the race because of the celebration in Barcelona of the Olympic games, it was the Spanish Federation of Automovilismo who began to organize the Baja.
Since then, the Baja began to punctuate for the Cross Country Rallies World Cup and a lot of professional pilots and teams, such as CitroÃ«n or Mitsubishi began to participate in the spanish race.
After almost ten years, the FIA left the organization in the hands of the Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE), Octagon Esedos and Promotor, who have been in charge until today.
Tha Baja Spain has changed several times its name. It has been the Baja Montesblancos, Baja Spain, Baja Spain-Aragon, Baja Spain Madrid-Aragon and Baja Aragon.
In addition, it has changed its route design. It began being a race of 1.000 kilometers non- stop in one day and today it is made of two or three stages with 700 or 800 kilometers in total.
Time has changed its name, its route design, its length and even the amateur character it had in the beginning; but the Baja keeps its spirit and it is still one of the most important Cross Country events within the World Cup, as well as one of the most appreciated in the International Calendar for pilots and fans.