It’s midnight and it’s freezing. The tiny industrial park is dead and empty, save for one open garage bay. Bathed in harsh lights and fatigued by 48 hours of continuous work, six guys are dirty and bloody trying to turn the husk of an old BMW into a race car. They don’t have enough time. They don’t have the right…
Next month over 120 cars, trucks and motorcycles are leaving from Los Angeles to start the inaugural “Baja 4000.” Not a race, but almost 3,000 miles of adventure driving and little challenges this band of lunatics will try to complete in 10 days.
BJ Baldwin is one of the most elite off-road racers driving right now. When he makes a mistake, things blow up big time, as you can see from the way his truck looks “after hitting a rock the size of a car” at 75 mph in the 2016 Baja 1000.
Professional lunatic Bill Caswell was still trying to finish his Mad Maxian BMW E30 when I wrote this, less than 24 hours from the start of the 2016 Baja 1000. That’s why I wasn’t expecting to make it over the border with him, but there I was, preparing to do just that. Here’s how to be ready if you get the same phone…
Thousands of rich rednecks, uh, I mean, “off-road enthusiasts” are descending on Mexico’s Baja peninsula this week for the 49th annual Baja 1000– a race of epic proportions in a beautiful setting featuring readily available tacos. Here’s how to check it out, and who to pay attention to if you’re a new spectator.
The 2016 Baja 1000 race will go green for four-wheeled vehicles at about 10:30 a.m. PST on Friday, November 18. I’m not going to disclose exactly what time I’m writing this on the 17th, but if Bill Caswell actually gets his insane old BMW into the race it’s going to be an epic story before we even hit the course.
Ex-finance guy turned motorsports hero Bill Caswell rose to fame in 2010 by living so many of our dreams: dragging a $500 BMW from the bowels of Craigslist and racing it in big-league rallies. Now he’s back with even bigger ambitions, and somehow, still, remarkably unprepared. And I’m along for the ride this time.
Ford’s already put the 2017 Raptor through some significant off-road races this year, but next month it goes to the big show: the 2016 Baja 1000. This might be the closest-to-stock vehicle that’s ever braved the crunchy dustball race, and it’d better finish or that “Baja Mode” button is going to be a lot harder to…
NASCAR and Baja racing legend Robby Gordon spoke to the press today about the tragic and sudden deaths of his father Robert “Baja Bob” Gordon and stepmother Sharon. The story surrounding the incident is still incomplete, but Gordon is maintaining “the truth will come out.”
Why is danger so sexy? I don’t know. But its siren song is screaming to me after watching just a few minutes of Rip To Cabo; one of the most visually-enticing off-road motorcycle videos I’ve ever seen. And that’s just the trailer.
The Herbst Truggy “Land Shark” AKA “El Tiburón” is reckoned one of the winningest, ugliest and least-killable cars in desert racing. That image may have been slightly tarnished when it turned into a Baja bonfire. But two months later, here it is looking badass all over again.
If you’re a Subaru enthusiast and you weren’t at Wicked Big Meet on June 12th, well, you missed a helluva show. With an attendance record of over 7,500 people, the event continues to be the largest Subaru gathering in the world. But have no fear, because tomorrow is Big Northwest, Subie Events LLC’s West Coast version.
There are bad judgement calls, and then there’s hiding in a hole so a race car will drive over your head.
We Live Machinery is a homemade documentary about the second running of the Targa Baja California—a Baja race featuring hundreds of participants in vintage Porsches, Alfa Romeos, Nissan Zs and others you wouldn’t typically see zipping through the desert.
With ambient temperatures reported at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, the 48th Baja 500 off-road race has already been called the most brutal of all time by veteran competitors. It may also be the most lethal, claiming the lives of two motorcycle racers and one spectator in three unrelated incidents.
Contrary to what might sound logical, four-wheel drive is not ubiquitous in off-road racing. In fact most of the super hot race winners at an event like the Baja 1000 are rear-drive. But that might be starting to change, as builders are figuring out how to match 4WD systems with today’s epic long-travel suspension.
This 1973 Datsun (Nissan) 240Z is on a boat heading to China for “the greatest motoring adventure in Historic Rallying” right now. But not before our friend Matt Farah got a chance to kick some dust up with it in the Cali desert!