Today, I’m heading to Barstow, California to meet up with a team that races in the Baja 1000. No, not in a buggy. It’s not a familiar Ford or Chevy-badged tube-chassis Trophy Truck either. Instead, I’ll sit in with the team racing a Honda Ridgeline in the production-based Class 7. This team is no stranger to the dirt, mind you, as its posted a number of wins down in Baja.
This truck has me thinking about other unexpected race winners. One of my all-time favorites is also an off-road racer. And this one is even more unexpected. When James Garner took to the wheel of his Oldsmobile 442, he set off into the dust and wound up finishing 2nd in his class. That was back in 1969. I probably think about this car once per month, because it’s just that awesome.
Now I want to know about other excellent racing machines that come from unexpected places. Let’s hear your favorites in the comments below.