The Italian Baja was born from an idea of the Off-road Club 4 × 4 Pordenone, backed by a past experience of Jamboree, night orientation races and 4 × 4 endurance.
The first edition is of a national nature, but a candidate for the 1994 World Cup. Edi Orioli wins at the wheel of a Mercedes 600 TE Raid, driven by Maurizio Dominella.
Fresh from motorcycle triumphs in the land of Africa, he beats Maurizio Colombo and the other "Dakarian" Franco Picco. It is therefore curious that two motorcyclists who have moved away from four wheels have been the great protagonists of the first edition.