We’ve gotten to the point that a classic Datsun 510, especially the high-trim SSS, is a collector’s car to be polished and preserved. But back in 1969, Datsun ran them in the grueling Baja 1000, and here’s how beat to hell they got.
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,…
What’s the most important thing to bring on an off-road adventure? Wrong. It’s a sense of humor. And, maybe, a willingness to have a plan B... through Z.
I know that the formula that usually works best for a Jason Drives episode is to cram myself into something tiny, obscure, ill-conceived, a bit dangerous, and very uncomfortable. I mean, who doesn’t want to see me struggle and hurt a little? This week is different. This week is the finale, so I’m treating myself. I’m…
I get so freaking fired up about the Baja 1000 every year because it’s the perfect beautiful blend of adventure, competition and amazing acts of automotive innovation. 2017 marks the race’s historic 50th anniversary, and live coverage should be better than ever.
I’m leaving in just a few hours for Mexico, where I’ll be part of Wide Open Baja’s team to run in the 50th anniversary Baja 1000. To say I’m woefully underqualified and unprepared would be the highest compliment you could give me. I’m a bit nervous, since I was unable to make it out to prerun the course, and have…
Dust2Glory is no CGI-saturated bleached-toothed Hollywood “car movie.” It’s a slice of life. A life that revolves around friends, family and hauling ass through the open desert down south. And hey, the first trailer’s finally out.
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.
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.
The Trophy Lite we rented to race the 2015 Baja 1000 left it all on the course. Literally. If you think that looks harsh, you should read what it felt like to ride in the thing. [Image via the author]
Twelve hours in, I lost the last scraps of sanity.
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.
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.
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…
He didn’t just jump the Tacoma Dome up in Washington State, he jumped the stands leading into it, too.
The trophy truck-hucking BJ Baldwin, desert racing legend-in-the-making, is back. And there’s Sasquatch.