The Baja 1000

2016 Rod Hall Bronco

2016 Rod Hall Bronco

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.

1969 Ford Bronco Rod Hall Bronco

1969 Ford Bronco Rod Hall Bronco

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.

2016 Rod Hall Bronco

2016 Rod Hall Bronco (4:49 of what crazy dudes do when they are out of their fucking minds).


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Dave Miller drives the fastest, coolest, sexiest cars on the planet. He travels the world uncovering the hidden gems in luxury transportation, meeting the owners, and connecting with extraordinary car enthusiasts. Dave is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and writes for various publications. In addition to, you can follow Dave's adventures via Drive With Dave Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tune into the Drive with Dave Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

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