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.

This is the world of Baja racing!

"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!

Baja Sun Films

Now, building​​ on the strength of our unique footage, Baja Sun Films is embarking on new projects:

  • Producing a documentary film

Based on our award-winning short film - the feature-length documentary is centered around the complex relationship between two Hollywood superstars Steve McQueen & James Garner. Set against the exotic backdrop of Baja Desert Racing at a time before GPS & sat phones, it is a story of a deep friendship & a fierce rivalry between two titans of cinema. Our exclusive never before seen 16mm film footage of the Mexican 1000 off-road race is the highlight of this film. 1969 was a time of liberation of the arts, sports and the exploration of the human spirit. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock. The men were burning their draft cards. The women were burning their bras. But in Baja - they were burning rubber!

  • Producing a television series

The TV SERIES will delve deeper into the exciting micro-culture of today’s off-road racing world. The entire community, the family legacies, now 3 or 4 generations strong, of incredible folks with a dream in their hearts & dust in their veins. The show will take us to exotic locations, introduce us to eccentric characters and show stunning displays of Man on Machine action! We will meet the drivers & get a close up look of their bad-ass race cars, precision-built for just one thing - battling raw & untamed nature to the finish line. Against all odds and enduring great physical & mental challenges, the men & women of this sport share a love of adventure and a quest to be the best they can be! Profiles of the top cars & drivers in all classes: Male - Female - Junior & Special Teams which race to benefit groups like Veterans, Fallen Firemen & even an Orphanage in one of the poorest regions in Mexico.

  • Producing celebrity-driven charity-fundraising events

We will offer rare opportunities to get behind the wheels of these iconic vintage race cars. Throughout the year we will stage special live & interactive events celebrating the off-road racing culture and promoting a fun outdoor lifestyle for staying fit & healthy Baja style!