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 started 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.

Dust to Glory is a 2005 film that covers the modern running of the event, it’s a captivating documentary that gives a unique look into the lives of the men and women who make the yearly trip to Baja. It left me with an overwhelming desire to climb into a “Truggy” and set off across the desert, though to be fair, I’d probably be lost 10 minutes into the race.

Dust to Glory – Rally Baja 1000

An action-adventure documentary chronicling the most notorious and dangerous race in the world – the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Rivaling the Indy 500 and 25 Hours of Daytona, the race across Baja’s peninsula is unpredictable, grueling and raw – just like the uncharted American West of yesteryear.

To capture the vast desert panoramas and intense action of the race, the film team utilised, 55 cameras, 4 helicopters, a 4 passenger buggy camera car and a crew of over 80 people. 1000s of participants, generations of families and racing icons such as Robby Gordon, Mario Andretti, Jimmy Vasser and Motorcycle Supercross legend Mike Mouse McCoy joined together to experience the thrill and glory of the infamous race – an event of sheer human determination.

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