Top Gear at the legendary Baja 1000
Another epic TG mag adventure from the past 20 years: 1000 miles of Mexican madness...
Posted: 14 Oct 2013
We back off for a while, but then we pass BC-1 fixing a puncture, and soon after catch BC-4. To put it mildly I find this... motivating, and quietly promise myself that we'll beat them to the pit stop. The pit stop coincides with nightfall. We check the notes. The next section is rough. "How rough can it be after what we've already been through?" Justin queries.
The Whoops. Sound fun, right? I imagine they look fun from outside - lateral sandy ridges like static waves in the desert. The Trophy Trucks skim over them, skipping from crest to crest, borne aloft on three feet of suspension travel. "How long do these go on for?" I ask Justin, my voice yodelling with the yumps. "Not sure, but it can't be much further." We're a few hundred yards in, and already the bucking motion as we nose up and down is giving us motion sickness. I try speeding up, but that launches us off one and crashing into the next. The car can probably take it, but we can't. 35mph it is, then. We continue. I work out coping strategies: letting my body relax, my jaw hang loose, my lungs auto-operating via the car's compression and release.