Chasing The History of the NORRA Mexican 1000
After three years in the making, the new Baja Social Club documentary is finally being released. Executive Producer, Creator and Writer, Marty Fiolka and Director James Masters set out to capture the essence of racing in Baja through the eyes of some of the greatest names in the sport while also giving audiences a glimpse into the history of the most brutal race in the world. Baja Social Club is the story of a band of pioneering and passionate risk-takers that four decades ago created the original extreme sport while unknowingly revealing a very special land for the rest of the world to enjoy. They are the last of their breed, but still young at heart.
The film stars motorcycle legend Malcolm Smith, off-road legend Walker Evans, dune buggy inventor Bruce Meyers and inaugural NORRA Mexican 1000 winner Vic Wilson. Baja Social Club boasts newly uncovered theatrical Hollywood-quality film footage from the glory days of racing in Baja that hasn’t been seen since 1968. As if that wasn’t enough, the film is chock full of the racing legends including the likes of Mickey Thompson, Parnelli Jones, James Garner, Bob Bondurant, Scooter Patrick and even Dave Despain. Also included are off-road icons Robby Gordon, Rod Hall, Johnny Johnson, Larry Minor, Larry Bergquist, Lynn Chenowth and Andy DeVercelly Jr.
Today’s General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 vintage off-road rally serves a backdrop for the inspirational tale of how these men come together, perhaps for the last time, to rediscover themselves on a 1,200-mile journey to their collective soul. This primitive, hostile and beautiful strip of dreams that was once their most daunting adversary has now become their spiritual home.
The trailer is just flat out cool and features plenty of footage of vintage race trucks, some of it is even from the glory days of desert racing! If the film is anything like what's depicted, you can bet it's going to be one hell of a ride!
Check out the trailer to see what this film is all about!
UPDATE: We just recently learned that the Baja Social Club film will be making its theatrical debut at the Wold Class Automotive Film and Arts Festival. The Festival will be taking place August 15-17, 2013 at Monterey's iconic Golden State Theater. If you're in the Monterey area next weekend, be sure to check out Baja Social Club!