In 1969 when two titans of cinema got behind the wheels of their iconic race cars, our cameras were rolling. On the ground, from the air and inside the vehicles our film crew captured all the thrills & spills of what’s become known as the longest, toughest and most dangerous race in the world. Conceived as a feature film by renowned Hollywood cinematographer, Jack Cooperman, this exclusive footage shows the grueling conditions the drivers had to face. For two days they drove non-stop nearly 1000 miles on the punishing off-road course known as ‘The Devils Playground’.
More than 200 people entered the 1969 race, but less than half would finish. The course has remained relatively the same over the years, a point-to-point race from Ensenada to La Paz.
When the National Off-Road Racing Association hosted the first few runnings of the Mexican Baja 1000 in the 1960’s, it drew such names as Rod Hall, Bruce Meyers, Ak Miller, Larry Minor, Bill Stroppe, Vic Hickey, Parnelli Jones, Mickey Thompson, Mike Nesmith, James Garner, and Steve McQueen. The re-launch of the NORRA Mexican 1000 was delayed in 2009 by Mexico’s hurricanes and earthquakes, but it finally re-started in 2010.
Now, building on the strength of our unique footage, Baja Sun Films is embarking on new projects:
"The Happiest Race on Earth" just celebrated it's 50th anniversary in April, 2017.
Today the Mexican Baja 1000 maintains a family friendly atmosphere. We will meet three generations of racers up close to probe their hearts and minds, what keeps them coming back year after year to Baja. From movie star to
water boy, from pro to amateur, there are no egos here. It’s just man and machine VS the elements and the brutal course. The race now features a five day vintage car rally from Ensenada to La Paz, which is open to everyone. It will take everything you got, just to make it to the finish line!