The Nissan pickup truck known as the “hardbody” would be plucky by today’s standards but it’s still respected as one of the all-time great utility vehicles to grace American roads. Performances like this ridiculous race finish helped stoke that reputation.
One of the worst things about being a desert racing fan; events are tough to spectate. Even if you slog to the backcountry it’s impossible to keep track of action across a 1,000 mile course. These races still don’t get much TV airtime, but now it looks like there’s an even better place to watch off-road awesomeness.
[Brace yourselves: Dakar is coming. Everything from Antonio Meo’s KTM here to enormous trucks will race across the South American desert starting on January 2. Photo credit: Red Bull Content Pool]
The Mint 400 has been running around the deserts near Las Vegas, Nevada for decades. It’s a 400 mile wasteland sprint between trucks, cars, buggies, and maniacs behind the wheels. This short video covering the 1978 edition of the event gives you a taste of what this world was like back in the day.
Everybody loves a good Gulf livery, but how excellent is the old-school grille on this F-150? Also, extra points for orange light bar. [Image: Galpin Auto Sports]
In October 2016, women from all over the world will drive SUVs, pickup trucks and crossovers across the southwest in a ten-day off-road navigation challenge called the Rebelle Rally. Ready to watch the glass ceiling get smashed with sand tires?
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 trophy truck-hucking BJ Baldwin, desert racing legend-in-the-making, is back. And there’s Sasquatch.
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.
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.
The 2016 Dakar Rally, an extreme off-road endurance challenge spanning multiple countries and thousands of miles, was supposed to start in Peru. But weather there’s predicted to be so bad that the entire race had to be changed. At least the new route looks somewhat spectator-friendly.
Honda’s getting back into off-road racing on four wheels at this year’s Baja 1000, with a purpose-built twin-turbo buggy! And it just might be wearing the skin of the next Honda Ridgeline pickup truck.
You don’t need two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, and laughers to love every second of watching the 2015 Mint 400. Actually you don’t even need a TV anymore!…
The 2015 Mint 400 desert race will be on NBC this Sunday, July 12th at 2:30PM EST. Kick back watching the whole broadcast then, and get yourself fired up for the weekend with this face-rocking trailer right now!
Make yourself some time to kill and then spend it watching the 2013 Mint 400. Mad Media has just uploaded the entire race broadcast for you to enjoy right here! Even if you remember who won, it’s a hell of a ride.
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.”
The motorstorm of retro off-road awesomeness that is the NORRA Mexican 1000 takes over Baja next week. Among this year’s competitors is this badass Bronco; it won the race almost forty years ago, ended up a derelict in a desert junkyard, and is returning with a legendary driver and a fresh restoration.
The 2011 to 2014 Ford Raptor is highly off-road capable with 411 horsepower. The Shelby Baja 700 adds a 2.9 liter supercharger, big ol' exhaust, jump-worthy suspension, and takes the output up to (you guessed it) 700 horsepower.
How freaking fierce is this 2015 Mint 400 crash!? A Class 1 buggy came off a big bump right next to the Vest Racing trophy truck, slamming it with just the right force and angle to send it careening into next week. Photog Eric Minks was perfectly positioned to shoot a whole roll of the action.
The off-road race you saw in Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas is a real thing, and it just rocked the sun-scorched desert of Nevada last weekend. Feast your eyes on this glorious photo gallery of the 2015 Mint 400 and you'll see why we're always calling it one of the best motorsport events in America.