The BMW E30 Craigslist Baja Car Does SEMA

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We dropped by Bill Caswell's outpost at SEMA, where he's building a Baja truck from a BMW E30 at the Miller Electric Manufacturing booth. Only two weeks before the race, and the car's still a bare frame, but who's worried?

Caswell, a.k.a. the $500 Craiglist rallyer, plans to take his SEMA-built E30 into the Score 1000 Baja race - the first time anything wearing the Bavarian badge that's not a motorcycle has entered the event. His welding job includes a complete roll cage and additional frame members to hold the massive suspension necessary for roughest desert terrain Mexico can offer.

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While there's some deadlines looming, Caswell seems relaxed. Do we worry that Caswell and his pals are having too much fun? No, not at all:

(Photo: Curtis Walker)

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This is not the same $500 car! Jalopnik keeps falsely reporting that it's the same rally car, but it's not. I spoke with Bill and he himself said that Jalopnik keeps screwing it up.