They say all work and no play makes for a dull time, but thanks to BFGoodrich and Wide Open Excursions, we recently got to do both in the rugged terrain of Baja.
BFGoodrich was introducing their latest incarnation of their All Terrain T/A KO, now called the KO2, and to do so, they invited a number of journalists down to Baja and let us loose in Wide Open Excursion’s two-seat buggies and a few new Ford Raptors that had been equipped with said KO2 tires. They also fed us really well (I ate more shrimp in a three-day period than I have in the previous three years).
We were billeted one night at the famous Mike’s Sky Rancho. Located high in the mountains, Mike’s has been a stop on Baja races since there’s been Baja races. The stories told about Mike’s is only surpassed by the number of stickers that adorn every window and shirts and posters that can be found on the walls and ceiling of the cantina. Oh yeah, they fed us steak, fresh, handmade tortillas, and killer salsa. We thank the folks at Mike’s Sky Rancho for a wonderful stay.
On the way to and upon leaving Mike’s, we traveled over trails that are part of the actual Baja race course, one being the famous “Goat Trail.” They were tough and very rocky; more than a test for our driving talents but the vehicles and tires seemed to shrug them off. I only scared myself once, but I can’t speak for my driving partner who seemed to have a death grip on the handles whenever she was in the passenger seat. In my defense … who am I kidding? I have no defense: I was having fun.
For anyone who wants to get the flavor of really driving capable cars on real Baja trails, give Wide Open a call. They’ll even let you race their cars in the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 if you have the guts (and the cash) to want to do so.
Know that they’ll be equipped with the new BFGoodrich KO2 tires and from what we experienced on the trail, they are both capable and amazingly tough. In three days of hard running with drivers whose experience ranged from seasoned off-roaders to some who had never driven a car equipped with a clutch over trails that were more rocks than trail, we saw only one flat tire. Considering there were over 20 buggies and 10 or so Raptors, that’s a pretty good showing.
We thank the crews at the Horsepower Ranch, BFGoodrich, and Wide Open for a great time, and for them to know that anytime they need someone to drive to Baja and eat shrimp to give us a call.
For more info on this event and the BFGoodrich A/T KO2’s in particular, look to our website and Facebook page (Dirt Sports + Off Road) to see a video along with a write-up and a bunch of photos.
Have fun, be safe, and we’ll see you next month.