At Rennsport Reunion, an event full of every conceivable mind-blowing Porsche that you can think of, one car upstaged them all. It wasn’t an ex-Le Mans car, a shop build funded by an unlimited pocketbook, or even a Paris-Dakar racer. It was this rowdy, dirty, lifted 1974 911 Targa with the fenders sawzalled off that…
Behold my latest nightmare fuel: surprise cows.
If you keep popping tires, perhaps you should take a page from the No. 321 Dakaras Toyota. These crazy Lithuanians put the two good tires on the front of their Toyota Hilux and pretended it was just a big front-wheel-drive Yaris. They went over 24 miles with only two front tires to reach the finish line for Stage 4.
There is something strangely but deeply fascinating about seeing huge off-road race trucks get completely caught up by a large sand dune.
The best car films are often the ones that aren’t made by car people explicitly for other car people. In 2005 Dust To Glory brought Baja racing to the world, and now the follow-up Dust 2 Glory is bringing it to a new generation.
Just to give you some perspective, the level of planning that seems to be going on as part of Wide Open Baja’s effort to run twelve cars in the Baja 1000 seems to be somewhere between a quinceañera and the Invasion of Normandy. Closer to the Normandy side. It’s a huge, complex effort with many moving parts, and I’m…
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…
The Woodsman Cup is a motorcycle race that takes place every December at secret location in Northern Florida. It’s invite-only, and the rules change slightly every year. This year there will be no knobbies—not even on the sport bikes. Things have gotten too competitive in recent years and it time for a return to…
Yard work sucks if all you’ve got is a push mower to tame your vast expanse of overgrown weeds and grass. What you really need is something to ride to make it much easier—like an 850-horsepower Pro-2 off-road race truck that can fly through the air once your yard has been donutted into submission.
There are few greater joys slightly off of this world than jumping a car. It’s an eerie silence once you’re in the air, suddenly devoid of the noise of your tires on the ground, or dirt and rocks getting flung up onto your car. For a second, you’re a spaceship pilot, floating above the sadness and woe of this world.
There’s just something about watching a trophy truck in action that just makes you want to run over everything. Curbs. Trees. Fire. Jumps. Stairs. Seriously, everything. Here’s BJ Baldwin going wherever he pleases because he can through the streets of Havana, Cuba, in Recoil 4.
Desert silt is one of the toughest surfaces to race on. There’s no grip, and wheels just spin in the deep, fine sand. “It has the consistency of baby powder, but it’s feet deep,” explained desert racer and OppositeLock moderator Dusty Ventures. Sounds like a bad time!
[This is a Porsche, therefore, it must be raced. Here is a Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia practicing sweet dirt slides for the 2007 Transsyberia Rally. Photo credit: Porsche]
When you think of Citroën rally cars, the last thing that comes to your mind is the lovely DS, yet that's just what someone chose to tackle the Baja in the inaugural 1967 running of the National Off-Road Racing Association's Mexican 1000. This film, "27 Hours to La Paz," chronicles that first race.
As far as worst case rally scenarios go, getting arrested in a foreign country lies just beneath unrepairable failures and spectacular race-ending crashes. Two riders at Dakar found out the hard way that the route exists for a reason: so you don't go over an archaeological site by accident.
The next race of The Off-Road Championship (TORC) season goes down in Charlotte, NC this Friday and Saturday and if you want to see some amazing machines go to war over bumps, jumps, and powerslides you should tune in.
We post a lot of pretty race cars and trailer queens here on the weekend wallpaper, but sometimes you feel the inner need deep inside your soul to know that a car has lived a hard life well. And you can prove it with mud.
Getting publicity in the auto industry is easy. You build something, invite journalists, feed them shrimp and boom! — page inches. But what if you're an also-ran RV company in the late '60s looking to kick the competition in its smug, Winnebago ass? You build a custom, butane-powered motorhome powerful and tough…
The same people who drove an incredibly fast electric BMW M3 up Pikes Peak this May are back with something even more exciting: an all-electric offroad racecar built for the Baja 1000.
Typically in motorsports winning a race is the best way to guarantee a memorable finish to a race. We have to hand it to off road racer Mike Klensin for coming up with a different path to the same result—even if that wasn't what he intended.