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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Jan 14, 2020. 20 comments

The Salute At The End

The Salute At The End

The Dakar Rally is on in Saudi Arabia , and is, as it is every year, an absolute test of the human will through some of the most extreme, barren, and beautiful land on Earth. These testing areas produce very human moments. Take a look at, for instance, the salute at the end of this video.

As you can see, the little buggy noses in over the edge of a dune, endos, and keeps going as if nothing...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Oct 12, 2018. 20 comments

This Mud-Splattered 911 Targa Rally Car Is The Best Kind Of Porsche

This Mud-Splattered 911 Targa Rally Car Is The Best Kind Of Porsche

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 competes in off-road racing. It wasn’t even racing at Rennsport and it won...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Feb 12, 2018. 24 comments

Hitting A Cow With A Trophy Truck At 112 MPH Looks Completely Terrifying

Hitting A Cow With A Trophy Truck At 112 MPH Looks Completely Terrifying

Behold my latest nightmare fuel: surprise cows.

[Warning: Video is of GRUESOME ANIMAL DEATH.]

The No. 91 Terrible Herbst Monster Energy trick truck (the class more widely known as trophy trucks in other series) encountered a calf being chased by a bigger cow during part of the Parker 425 and man, it did not go well. I’ll let driver Christian Sourapas describe it from here, via the

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Jan 13, 2018. 13 comments

Dakar Team Finishes The Last 24 Miles Of The Day With Only Two Front Tires

Dakar Team Finishes The Last 24 Miles Of The Day With Only Two Front Tires

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.

Granted, these guys came prepared with a spare to use, according to the

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Jan 10, 2018. 19 comments

Large Trucks Thwarted By Sand Dune

Large Trucks Thwarted By Sand Dune

There is something strangely but deeply fascinating about seeing huge off-road race trucks get completely caught up by a large sand dune.

The Dakar Rally’s massive sand dunes are no joke. About 30 vehicles got stuck at this one a few days ago, according to Sportnieuws.nl’s Twan Spierts, who posted this video from rally navigator Arjan Arendse on Twitter.

It’s such a weirdly gripping thing to...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Dec 30, 2017. 14 comments

Dust 2 Glory Will Make You Want To Drop Everything And Take Up Off-Road Racing

<i>Dust 2 Glory</i> Will Make You Want To Drop Everything And Take Up Off-Road Racing

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.

Dust 2 Glory is a car movie, kind of, but it’s produced in a way that can pull anyone in. It’s about people, and it’s distinctive.

The film is the product of...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Nov 19, 2017. 4 comments

The Weird And Wonderful Cars Of The First Mexican 1000 Rally

The Weird And Wonderful Cars Of The First Mexican 1000 Rally

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.

My, how things have changed. The announcer is glad one of the few cars with a roll...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Nov 15, 2017. 7 comments

Baja 1000 Race Prep Is Insanely Complex And I'm Probably No Help At All

Baja 1000 Race Prep Is Insanely Complex And I'm Probably No Help At All

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 just hoping I don’t do anything to screw it all up.

Before I go into what I’ve...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Nov 13, 2017. 11 comments

I'm Going To Drive In The Baja 1000 And I Was Told To Plan On Pissing Myself

I'm Going To Drive In The Baja 1000 And I Was Told To Plan On Pissing Myself

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 never done any off-roading of this level. I was also told that I’d need a...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Sep 13, 2017. 14 comments

Oops! Dakar Riders Arrested For Riding Over Archaeological Site

Oops! Dakar Riders Arrested For Riding Over Archaeological Site

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.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that motorcycle racer Matteo Casuccio and quad racer Kees Koolen...

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Bill Caswell Bill Caswell Aug 30, 2017. 14 comments

If Fight Club Had A Motorcycle Race, It Would Be The Woodsman Cup

If Fight Club Had A Motorcycle Race, It Would Be The Woodsman Cup

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 roots.

The race was started a few years ago by a fellow named Fox Mausner when he...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 24, 2017. 7 comments

One Corner Eats All The Race Trucks

One Corner Eats All The Race Trucks

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!

Strategies for dealing with silt include going around it to just pinning the throttle and crossing your fingers. As with any...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 20, 2017. 19 comments

I've Never Wanted To Do Anything As Much As I've Wanted To Enter A Jump Contest

I've Never Wanted To Do Anything As Much As I've Wanted To Enter A Jump Contest

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.

And here it is, an entire competition just for sweet automotive...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 17, 2017. 15 comments

Watch BJ Baldwin's 850 Horsepower Trophy Truck Tear Through Cuba Like A Madman

Watch BJ Baldwin's 850 Horsepower Trophy Truck Tear Through Cuba Like A Madman

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.

The Recoil series is very much Gymkhana for truck nuts, and it’s delightful. Here we see off-road racer...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 17, 2017. 17 comments

Why Not Mow The Yard With An 850 Horsepower Race Truck?

Why Not Mow The Yard With An 850 Horsepower Race Truck?

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.

Here’s Brian Deegan, a six-time off-road racing champion and the winningest...

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