The Baja 1000
Back in 1967, a gas station owner named Rod Hall heard about a new race while running through the Pismo, California dunes. Unlike anything else he had done, this was an off-road contest from Ensenada to La Paz, Mexico.
With a friend in a Jeep CJ-5 and 1,000 miles of burning sand later, navigating by the sun and a tiny little compass, munching soggy sandwiches, Rod Hall somehow made it to La Paz, and the beginning of a beautiful friendship with desert racing was born.
The Baja 1000 eventually turned Rod Hall into a living legend as he racked up 24 class wins in the back breaking, skull splitting test of grit and determination.
Pulled from the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, Rod’s Ford Bronco, in which he won the 1969 Baja 1000, has been restored for the 50th running of this month’s Baja 1000, now called the NORRA Mexican 1000.
https://youtu.be/xMKmyDZQEqg (4:49 of what crazy dudes do when they are out of their fucking minds).