My Baja 1000 Adventure Was So Bonkers I Had To Have It Animated

It’s possible, if unlikely, that some of you may recall that I ran the world’s most brutal off-road race, the Baja 1000, late last year. I was supposed to have some cameras on the car to record the whole thing, and use that footage to make a compelling, heartwarming video that would change your life. Without cameras, that never happened. Also, it would not have changed your life. So, I did the next best thing: forced a talented animator to work like a dog to make an animation of the whole epic journey.


Wide Open Baja gave me a seat in one of their Baja Challenge class cars, and teamed me up with two-time Baja 1000 Ironman (that means solo) winner Mark Stahl. The race was, as it always is, brutal, and on our journey we encountered colossal drifts of silt, massive jumps, big rocks, mechanical failures, jumps, bouncing, waking people up at 2 am, emergency repairs, getting lost, getting stuck, and more.

It really was a hell of an adventure, a grueling, messy, frustrating and exhilarating adventure, and if you ever get a chance to try it, take it.


But why read about it like some filthy, literate animal, when you can watch it in animated form?

Running the Baja 1000 was an amazing experience, and if I could have brought you all with me, I would have, since I bet together we could have pushed the buggy out of the silt a lot easier. I couldn’t, of course, but hopefully this little cartoon gives you an idea of what it was like.

You know, now I don’t even feel bad about not having any cameras.

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!:


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Wow, I’ve been pronounced Torfunkees wrong all this time...

BTW, love the video. You’re much heartier stock than I am.