Of course the headline is hyperbolic; we should all have vast fleets of wheels for every possible activity. But that’s not always realistic, and a bike that can do a little bit of everything has a lot of appeal. That’s what I’m trying to build with my latest project: this single-cylinder dirt bike. »
The Baja 1000: hardcore off-road vehicles racing each other, fighting a fiercely hostile landscape. Jumps, powerslides, awesomeness. Also hours of being jostled around a steel cage and pissing into a bag taped to your leg. Wish us luck! »
Six men are driving 1,500 horses across a Mexican wasteland. On a tight schedule to make town, they’ll cut though plenty of danger, dust and drinking before the week’s out. It’s not a John Wayne movie, it’s a Baja prerun—the drive ahead of a huge off-road race. If you think the west isn’t wild anymore, this will… »
Joel Ramer and his girlfriend got stuck off-roading this old Jeep Cherokee on a powerline road in Walpole, Massachusetts last week. Seems egregious that he was arrested for trespassing and disturbing the peace, but the $48,000 recovery charge is downright offensive. »
I woke up naked and freezing, stretched around a heater like some desperate, heat-starved lizard with a headache so strong I was sure I’d been put to sleep by a frying pan to the face. A typical morning—until I noticed the Rocky Mountains instead of my Babes & Big Rigs calendar in the window. Welcome to van life. »
In the stale air of a AAA office, I looked up from a poorly-cut paper pamphlet to the dead eyes of the old man handing it to me. “This can’t be legit,” I said as I flipped through my newly-minted International Driving Permit. Yet, incredibly, it was. Here’s your definitive guide to the absurd (but real) IDP. »
Jaguar reestablished itself as a car company worth caring about with the F-Type sports car and the upcoming XE sport sedan. Now they’re trying to turn that sparkle into real money by making the larger 2016 XF sedan distinctive, but practical enough to be a real rival to the Germans. I think it’s close. »
A couple hours south of the border there’s a 100-acre patch of land outside Ensenada that’s played host to off-road heroes, kicked-off races, and launched epic Baja adventures for ages. The joint’s called Horsepower Ranch, and it’s just been bought up by some SoCal investment outfit. Hopefully they don’t kick all the… »
A multitool looks dorky dangling off your belt. But at some point being able to summon a knife, screwdriver, saw or plier makes you a hero on every trip. A well-rated tool is $100 to $300, so I marooned myself on an island with the cheapest one I could find to see what happens when you skimp out.
About 50 years ago, the U.S. government used 30,000 pounds of explosives to turn a chunk of Arizona into a simulated moonscape for astronauts to practice picking up rocks on. Today, you can take your own truck out there and carve it up like a ski slope because it’s an off-road park ON THE MOON. Here’s how to do it. »
Toyota’s “Ever Better Expedition” sounds like the coolest corporate retreat ever; it’s a 110-day transcontinental drive with a fleet of Toyotas including a Land Cruiser 200 and this absurd Sienna minivan, which they’re calling the Ultimate Utility Vehicle. »
Want to try off-road driving, but you’re not sure how to start? All you really need’s a cheap truck and a little patience. We’ll walk you through the rest in this primer on how to have an awesome day in the dirt, no expensive accessories or khaki shirts required. »
“No, don’t worry, that alarm only means we’re almost crashing!” the pilot yelled over a wailing propellor and a strangled electronic bleat from the console. Not that I could hear him, as I hung out the window trying to photograph a race car while somebody held me in the plane by a fistful of shirt. »
The film Dust To Glory captures the fierce competition of the high-stakes Baja 1000 desert race. But there’s another amazing event that runs down the peninsula every year: the NORRA Mexican 1000. We tagged along to shoot this video and show you why it’s called “a high-horsepower conga line to the finish.” »
Alex Woodford is a 22-year old lady from England. Last year, while the two of us were camping with Bear Grylls, she told me she wanted to kayak the Mississippi from its headwaters in Minnesota all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. And now she’s doing it. — Ed.