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RELIVE THE BAJA 1000 THROUGH THE LENS OF THE CLASS-WINNING SCG BOOT

The Off-Roader Won The Class 2 Division, Besting The Ford Bronco R

SCG Boot Race Truck
SCG Boot Race Truck

Our off-roading fans can likely remember back to November and the running of the 2019 Baja 1000. Before coronavirus pandemic shut down motorsports for a while, the most extreme race in the world was able to take place, with Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus beating Ford and their Bronco R in the Class 2 Division. Now, a short film has been made about the SCG Boot and their class-winning finish.

The SCG Boot is an homage to the original Hurst Baja Boot that was raced by none other than Steve McQueen. A GM project aimed at beating Jeep at their own game, the Baja Boot was designed with a little help from off-roading legend Vic Hickey in just 30 days. While the buggy never managed to capture the outright win at the then-called Mexican 1000, the truck was a fan favorite. GM did see some success during the inaugural Baja 500 in 1969, capturing the win with McQueen at the wheel. That car is currently owned by SCG’s top-dog James Glickenhaus.

While the SCG Boot looks a lot like the original, its hardware is all up to task for a modern race. Behind the driver sits the 650 horsepower LT4 V8 from a C7 Corvette ZO6, though the production version features a more tame 460 horsepower LT1. We did say production version, as each SCG Boot comes with a 17-digit VIN, complying with the NHTSA Low Volume rules. There is also a four-wheel independent suspension complete with 22-inches of travel, which makes good use of the massive 37-inch rubber.

The film is broken up into two parts, but it is absolutely worth the watch. The production value is great, and watching the SCG Boot take on Baja is a sight to see. It is also a keen reminder of just how capable modern off-roading machines have become. We promise that you have never seen a more impressive take on placing 123rd out of 124 total finishers.

Written by Lucas Allen

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