The First Baja 1000 (1967)

The first Baja was very different than the race we know today. It looked like the car to have was a Meyers Manx. Maybe a Ford Bronco. The logistics of running a 1000 miles through the desert were near impossible back in 1967. As you can see in the video they were hundreds of miles from nowhere. Well, technically the race course was only 859 miles but you get the idea. Technically it was even called the Baja 1000 at the time. It was the NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally. That’s right, desert racing started as rally racing.

Bill Caswell is a self-taught racing driver, mechanic, and fabricator, and rose to internet fame taking a $500 Craigslist BMW to a World Rally Championship event in Mexico in March of 2010. His exploits have featured in places like ESPN Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, NPR Radio, Wired.com and Jalopnik.com. A lifelong fan of rally and motorsport, Caswell famously believes nothing to be impossible.