Going fast in Baja in 1974
For some reason, it just seems right to focus on vintage footage of old iron going fast in the desert this month. Why? Well, do we need a reason? Going fast in the dirt is always cool, especially in something vintage. We came across a whole mess of shots of Jeeps from the 1974 SCORE Baja 500 while browsing Source Interlink Media’s vast photo archive. One Jeep that quickly caught our eye was this odd narrow flattie in a photo by Bob D’Olivo.
Prepared for Lift Off
Here is another shot of this odd little Jeep from the side in a picture by Jack Brady for Image International. Check out the dual shocks at all four corners and what look like some V-6 headers sticking out the side. Those springs are pretty flat for a full droop shot—it looks like it had a spring-over suspension, too! Cool.
In the Pits What does one do if their Archer Brothers-sponsored CJ-5 bends an axle or loses a pinion bearing during the 1974 SCORE Baja 500? Well, swap it out for a spare. Life in the pits is never easy, but these guys are digging deep. Check out that rolling jack. Photo by Eric Rickman for Specialty Publications.
We Like FSJs Too!
How ’bout some FSJ action with a J-truck hitting the whoops? To quote Hazel: “Baja prep back in the day was to toss in a healthy 401, add multiple shocks per corner, hit the dirt fast, and piss blood for a week. It makes my kidneys hurt just thinking about it.” Amen! It looks like the closed knuckle Dana 44 got a stout axle truss, too—and a dual shock setup! Check out the speed holes in that front bumper, and are those white wall tires? Nice. Photo by Jack Brady.