Desert racing really is like Mad Max’s world of fire and blood. While ramming competitors out of your path is generally against racing rules and unsportsmanlike, racers do occasionally nerf each other. When these crashes are captured with a helicopter camera, they’re pretty wild to watch.
The American southwest is heaven on Earth for off-road enthusiasts. There are big tracts of different terrain types you can legally run 4x4s and motorbikes across, which is awesome. To help keep things that way, people running the Mint 400 are being proactive about preserving these kinds of places.
On Saturday, March 4, the Nevada desert will be lit up with the madness of more than 300 off-road vehicles racing in one of the most famous events in motorsports: the Mint 400. This ratty old Volkswagen should be enough to keep up, right?
The 2016 Mint 400 off-road racing spectacle just wrapped up outside Las Vegas. We had a front-row seat in our $240,000 Mercedes-Benz 4x4, now you can too with these kickass action clips (and a few bonus photos!)
Fans of the second-generation Ford Raptor’s fancy new aluminum body and turbocharged 3.5 V6 Ford EcoBoost engine can forever mark the 2016 Mint 400 as the truck’s first real off-road racing “victory.” It ran in a one-truck class, but that’s only because nobody else just did what Ford did.
The 2016 Mint 400 off-road race goes down outside Las Vegas on Saturday, March 12th. As is glorious tradition, all of the competing vehicles stampeded down the strip this week and as ever, it was one hell of a sight to behold.
The Mint 400, “the Great American Off-Road Race,” takes over Las Vegas in the second week of March. The 2016 edition is getting some real goodies, too; more vintage vehicles and an epic truck show where you can see (and rate!) all the insane vehicles people spend small fortunes on.
Sometimes you’ve got three cars in your way, and one dusty lane to get around them. That’s when you want a lot of skill, luck and bravery. And horsepower. Can never have too much horsepower.
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.
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.
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.
The 2015 Mint 400 motorsport circus has raged in and around Las Vegas, Nevada all week. The actual race goes down tomorrow, and the afterparty will take festivities all the way through Sunday. Put these channels in your feed and you'll see why so many people go nuts over desert racing.
You're really doing yourself a disservice by forgetting to follow desert racing. It's dramatic, it's dynamic, and it's a lot easier to spectate than you think. The 2015 Mint 400 will tear across the sands of Nevada next month, and here's more evidence that you have to watch it.
In case you missed NBC's two-hour presentation of the dirt-throwin' fender-rubbin' 2014 Mint 400 desert race, Red Bull has put the whole show online for you to watch at your leisure from your computer. Sans commercials, to boot.