This film, Dust to Glory – Rally Baja 1000, is a fantastic look at the world famous Baja 1000 desert race. It’s an event that officially start in 1967 and was originally called the “NORRA Mexican 1000 Rally”, the first event was held on the 31st of October and the start line was set up in Tijuana, Baja California. The winning team were driving a Meyers Manx VW Beetle based buggy and they completed the course in 27 hours 38 minutes.
The Unimog 4×4 is quite easily one of the most iconic off-road vehicles ever made, it sits alongside the Land Rover Series I/II/III/Defender, the original military Humvee and the Land Cruiser FJ40/FJ60 as a “proper” 4×4, with no traction control, no air-conditioning and most certainly no LCD TV screens.
The Montague Paratrooper is a mountain bike developed as a joint venture between the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US Marine Corps and Montague. The mountain bike itself is exceedingly tough and can handle loads of up to 500lbs (one marine plus weapons, gear and supplies), the frame is made of double butted 7005 series aluminium and all of the parts on the bike are serviceable by your local bike shop.
This 1971 Triumph Trail Blazer looks to me to be just about the perfect weekend warrior, the single cylinder 250 never really caught on when it was released in 1971 and so now they’re quite rare and tend to be viewed as collectibles.
The Barracuda is one of the most advanced off-road racing vehicles in the world, the fact that you can build one from either a kit or from plans also makes it one of the most affordable.
The Patrol Waterproof Jacket by Icon is a fairly comprehensive solution to riding in everything from moderately unpleasant to severely anti-social weather.
We featured the official 2013 Triumph Scrambler last week, in the process of writing that piece I got to talking with Joao Alves of Somos and we pondered what a proper, balls-to-the-wall Triumph Scrambler designed to race across Baja would look like.
This is one of the most action packed vintage racing photos we’ve seen for a while, from the looks on the faces of the 1950s spectators in the background to the just landing on his side to the look on the face of the one racers who’s still upright, it’s an excellent picture.
The 2013 Triumph Scrambler is fitted with a parallel twin, 865cc, air-cooled engine that produces 58hp and a very respectable 50ft-lbs of torque. Carburettors have been discarded in order to meet EU emissions requirements so the engine is now fed by a multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection system with SAI, this has the added benefits of being more fuel efficient and making the bike exceedingly reliable.
The background of this photograph has been the source of much debate between us here at Silodrome, I think it’s Pikes Peak but I’m being told there’s no way that’s the case.
This brilliant Yamaha TW200 custom is the work of art director and designer Joao Alves of somosEstudio.
When the Portland based team at Icon set to work on a new motorcycle the results are always fascinating, unusual and sure to upset purists everywhere. Which I think is commendable.