Hanging with the homemade Baja Racer
Top Gear tackles a 75-foot jump in the Rally Fighter, a buggy conceived and built by the public
Posted: 15 Nov 2010
Looking for all the world like Action Man made real, all perfect teeth and hair, and green military jump suit, John B Rogers Jnr, ex-sniper in the US Marines, former hedge fund guy, now CEO of Local Motors, turns casually to me as we approach our first jump in this homemade Baja Racer at 50mph and says calmly: "Just keep your head back against the headrest. We are going to fly about 15 feet in the air and travel about 75 feet." And with that, he keeps his foot flat on the gas, and the Local Motors Rally Fighter, a car designed and built by a committee of people like you, launches itself up, up into the warm Arizona afternoon on its maiden voyage of the day.
Words by Pat Devereux
Photography by Daniel Byrne
This article was originally published in the November issue of Top Gear magazine