Morning commute– race week. Come join us in Baja via livestream until Wednesday! At least, until a gentle breeze knocks down our satellite dish.
Some 30 years ago, this Nissan Frontier “Hardbody” was supposedly the first pickup truck built for off-road racing... with the engine behind the driver. Behold: the sort-of first “trophy truck”! Now it’s back in Baja, which you can watch live all week!
Rod Hall is one of the founding fathers of off-road racing in Baja, Mexico. Over 40 years ago he made his first peninsula run before GPS, cell towers or decent safety equipment. And the mensch isn’t slowing down: next week he’s doing his 50th 1,000 mile Baja race in a truck he pulled out of a museum.
Most of off-road spectating is hours of sun and dust. But a helicopter is the harbinger of action; once you hear those rotors it’s only a matter of seconds before you’ll be compelled to crap your pants.
There are few things I’ve wanted to experience more on a motorcycle than riding to the tip of Baja, Mexico. Since I haven’t been able to make that dream a reality yet, watching other guys do it is always high on my list.
Twelve hours in, I lost the last scraps of sanity.
The 2016 Honda Ridgeline isn’t built to be an off-road monster, but that doesn’t mean a Ridgeline body fitted around a race car isn’t going to look awesome in the fury of the Baja 1000.
Southern California has been pummeled with rain this week, and San Diego took the brunt of the flooding. Some Lamborghinis made it through, some cars didn’t. But Baja 1000 racer Elias Hanna helped as many as he could; pushing stranded cars to safety with his lifted Jeep Wrangler.
There’s something so endearing and entertaining about three little R/C cars on the loose in Ensenada. These guys just look like best friends having the greatest day ever!
The Baja 1000 course is full of surprises, and even a careful prerun of the course can’t prepare you for every bump on the way. But if you do see a jump, you’ve got to commit and fly far or slow down enough to roll over it gently. Half-assing gets you a face full of dirt.
The 2015 Baja 1000 ran from Ensenada to about halfway down the Mexican peninsula and back again. The first real turn of the race was this drop into the wash in the middle of town, where this poor guy couldn’t quite make it off-road before crashing.
Rumors have been circulating that a co-driver was killed during the 2015 Baja 1000 several days ago. I’m sad to report tonight that this has been confirmed.
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…
About a decade after the introduction of the original Honda Ridgeline, we’re going to get a second generation of the trucklet. The face, hood, roof, bed, and profile of this Honda Baja racer are basically what’s going to be on the production version, so take it all in.
Dust To Glory is ten years old now, but it’s still considered the definitive Baja racing movie. Before everyone had GoPros and iPhones, director Dana Brown told a story that inspired a whole new generation to get into off-road adventure. And next year, they’re doing it all over again.
I probably don’t have to tell you that desert racing’s hot. Sometimes it’s so hot your truck catches fire in the middle of a pit stop, but this seriously professional pit crew isn’t about to let a little spontaneous conflagration slow ‘em down.
“So, there I was minding my own business getting all too little work done and browsing Opposite Lock and Overland & Expedition sub-blogs when I got an email from a friend.”