Dust to Glory | 2005
Every fall since 1967 a hearty and eclectic band of adventurers have gathered in Ensenada, Mexico in Baja California for one of the roughest, toughest and most exhilarating rides ever concocted. It's the Tecate SCORE Baja 100, the longest non-stop, point-to-point race in the world. The Baja 100 is not only about the competition but the camaraderie among some 1200 participants driving 270 vehicles of all sizes and shapes in a carnival atmosphere witnessed by 200,000 spectators. Mike "Mouse" McCoy, a motorcycle maniac gives new meaning to the term hard-nosed. For reason known only to himself, Mouse has decided to ride the entire 1000 miles of the race solo--with no other drivers to spell him for over 18 hours. Also along for the ride are three generations of the McMillin family, including 16-year-old prodigy Andy, with a brand new Calif. driver's license, tearing down dirt roads in their open wheel Class 1 buggy. Keeping it all in the family is the contentious father-son team of JN and Jimmy Roberts. Sixty-two-year-old JN won the first Baja in 1967 but hasn't been back in thirty years. Then there's an all-women team as well as the remarkable sight of relatively unmodified pre-1983 VW bugs--the little engines that could--pushing to make it across the finish line. And presiding over the whole event as the Grand Marshall is the almost angelic presence of the most famous racer alive, Mario Andretti, who seems like there is no place on earth he would rather be. Racing everything from motorcycles hitting speeds up to 120 mph, 800 horsepower trophy trucks, dune buggies with Porsche engines and even the diminutive Bugs, everyone is there just for the joy of it all and the accomplishment of completing something nearly impossible.