I just finished reading an article in the May 2005 issue of Four Wheeler magazine entitled “Rage Against the Machine.” Awesome! Robin Stover details the success of Kent Kroeker’s virtually stock Dodge truck in the 2004 Baja 1000 (http://www.koreperformance.com). Check out this preview article on Four Wheeler online: (http://www.fourwheeler.com/brandpages/129_0411_500/) This adventure impresses me for many reasons, but I think I just love to absorb as much off-road racing as I can, and this article offers a healthy dose of it. I would have loved to have been in Robin’s position, as a rider in that vehicle, although I think I would have been nothing more than a sack of pudding at the end of the race.
The article details how Kent drove his street-legal truck equipped with enough safety equipment to make it legal to race in a SCORE event from San Diego to Ensenada, Mexico, drove the 1000 miles of the race down to La Paz, and then drove home. All this and he finished 3rd in class behind some heavily factory-backed teams that trailered their vehicles to and from the race.
Pretty cool. I recommend that you locate the article and read it for yourself if you have any interest in off-road racing, diesel trucks, Dodge trucks, or Mexico…or if you just enjoy a good adventure story.