A Go-Fast Flattie
For this edition of Vintage Vault we will show you a few color photos from the 1973 Baja 500. Why? Well, because we can. And honestly, who doesn’t like looking at vintage shots of vintage Jeeps going fast through the desert? Here, in a photo shot by Gerry Stiles, we see two hardy souls pounding through Baja in a prepped Flattie. And by prepped we mean it has a bare minimum of equipment to get from here to there in a 500 mile off-road race.
Vintage Race Prep
Here is a row of vintage Jeeps from the ’73 Baja 500. We frequently talk about Brian Chuchua, and it’s mainly because Jeeps he was associated with keep popping up in our Source Interlink Media archives. He was busy playing with Jeeps! Little wonder that the guy is an off-road/Jeep/race legend. Here we see a photo shot by Eric Rickman showing last-minute repairs and prep to the Holey Toledo Baja Commando. We spy a shackle reversal and a fiberglass front clip on the race Jeep. Check out that J-Truck chase rig. Nice! We are guessing the longer wheelbase of the Commandos made them more popular for the go-fast crowd than the short CJs.
Baja Via CJ-6
Another way to get more wheelbase is shown here in this shot by Pat Brollier. This Arizona-based CJ-6 with a patriotic paint scheme is running fast and loose around a turn. Again, we see a shackle reversal, multiple shocks per corner, and what would appear to be a wider-than-stock rear axle with a very complex truss. Check out the foam padding duct taped to the headlights and running lights. Other photos showed a similar set-up with duct tape and cardboard. We are betting that’s to ensure at least a few of the lights would still shine after dark despite the flying rocks. How about those long-tube headers—we can almost hear the roar!