Racing to Bring Hope and Change to Children at Mount of Olives Children's Village in Baja, Mexico.

About Us

Art and Ruth Penner, are the owners, driver and manager of Mooch Racing.They are semi retired chicken farmers from the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada. Art is also a automotive mechanic by trade.

As they became established in their business a desire to give back was growing in their hearts.

A little over 7 years ago, they visited the Ensenada area of Baja California for the first time and immediately fell in love with the people, the landscape and the culture.

TheMooch Car

Our car is a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle. It was a California bought car which was taken down to Mexico where it was prepared and set up for racing.

For many years, it was locally owned and raced in the Ensenada, Baja Mexico area, with many wins in various races as a stock class 11 car.

The Beetle is tagged and approved by Score International as a class 11 vehicle and we have chosen to race with this world famous off road racing organization.

Mooch Racing

In November of 2014, the perfect little VW Beetle was found in Ensenada. This bug was built for racing and has racing in its heart, it had just won a local 2oo mile race prior to being acquiring.

With the purchase of a car, the team was born. MOOCH is an acronym for Mount of Olives Casa Hogar, (Casa Hogar refers to an orphanage in Spanish).

Mooch Racing's goal and purpose is to race in Baja, Mexico to raise awareness and funds for Mount of Olives Children's Village and their ministries. To have fun!

The Mooch Team

The team is made up of a variety of people with a passion for racing, off road vehicles, mechanics, Mexico and most importantly a desire to help others.

Each of these teams is made up of a driver and a navigator. Depending on the length of the race, a number of driving teams are needed for each race. The driving teams will each drive a different portion of the race.They will learn their section in the weeks leading up to the race by prerunning the course.

The driving team is responsible for their own race costs and are required to raising money toward the years racing project.

Besides the driving teams, we also have chase crew and pit crew members, who support the drivers and the car.

We are currently recruiting drivers, navigators and support crew for the SF 250 race in April the Baja 500 in June and the Baja 1000 in November of this year. Please us the contact page for more details.

Mount of Olives Children's Village

Mount of Olives Children’s Village is the primary ministry of Missions Network International.

Mount of Olives is located in Ejido Uruapan, Baja California, Mexico. It is home to over 22 incredible young people, ranging in age from age 3-21.

Missions Network International's commitment is to provide homes and hope filled futures for the children in their care.

Mooch Racing has chosen to race, raise awareness and funds for this orphanage. We invite you to join us in this adventure.

Current Race Year Project 2018

To Complete the Youth Auto Shop and Supply it with all the equipment, furnishings, supplies and tools needed to operate the Youth Auto Shop Program.

UPDATE on The Youth Auto Shop

An official ground breaking was done in November 2017 after Mooch Racing finished the 50th Anniversary running of the Baja 1000 race. January 2018, saw the in-ground services installed and the footings were poured, followed by the floor and the walls started to go up in early March. The Youth Auto Shop is really starting to take shape and the walls are currently to the top of the first floor and the bound beam is now being built. We are continuing this same project through out the 2018 race year to be sure we can bring it to full completion and operation.

Past Race Year Projects

The 2016 and 2017 year's project was to build an Youth Auto Shop for the youth at Mount of Olives Children's Village. A shop where the kids can come and learn valuable skills for their futures. Enough funds were raised in the early part of the year to get the site excavated and prepped for construction.

The Baja 500 and the Baja 1000 race saw enough funds raised to get the construction underway.

In April 2017, the footings and the services will be installed and the walls will start going up by mid summer 2017. It is exciting to see this moving forward and we greatly appreciate all who gave to the project.

The 2015 year's project was to raise funds to build a walled soccer/sports court for the kids with a concrete floor and fencing around it to keep balls in. Together with fundraising from Missions Network International we have seen this project to completed, there is a huge concrete floor with 4 foot high block walls with chain link fencing around to keep the balls in and the children safe as they play. The area is now usable year round and most afternoons you will find the kids there playing games or hanging out together. We are looking to complete the area with sunshades to provide protection on the hottest Mexican days.


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