1,000 miles, 200,000 spectators, 1,200 entrants, 32 consecutive hours: that's the nitty-gritty of the the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The legendary off-road race that traverses the Baja peninsula is real all right, and Dana Brown's 2005 documentary gives you a look that goes way beyond the numbers.
THIS WEEK'S DOC: Dust to Glory
Dust to Glory may teach you everything you need to know about Mexico's (in)famous annual off-road race, or it may simply thrill you with nearly two hours of heart-stopping race footage — either way, you're going to be coughing up dust by the time the credits roll, that's how visceral a viewing experience this is. Follow a handful of featured racers (including Robbie Gordon and Mike "Mouse" McCoy) as they race motorcycles, trophy trucks, buggies, and unmodified Volkswagen Beetles through unmarked roads while avoiding crevasses, quicksand, stray dogs, and careless spectators for 32 hours straight! It's honestly pretty exhausting (in a good way).
You now have four days to watch this thing. Come back on Friday and we'll talk about it in greater depth, unless you suddenly decide to race a beat-up Volkswagen across the Mexican desert — in which case, godspeed?
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