Racing Dune Buggies in the Baja is so much fun!

March 2

I read great things about this trip in National Geographic Adventure (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/) and decided to check it out. I enlisted William, a childhood friend and fellow car enthusiast who is also VP of Marketing at OLX, and we signed up for Ensenada Tour organized by Wide Open Baja (http://www.wideopenbaja.com/ensenada.html).

We drove the same buggies that race the Baja 1000 every November on some of that race’s trails. There were 10 of us in 5 cars plus the guide. We took turns to drive and co-pilot. We had never driven off road before and we rapidly understood the importance of the co-pilot. The co-pilot constantly communicates with the other cars and gives the driver detailed instructions on both were to go and how fast to take a turn. We still managed to get lost once :)


It’s absolutely amazing what these cars can do – we went on terrain I would have not imagined any car could handle! We did manage to get stuck once and blow a tire once. Two of the other cars also flipped, though no one was injured.

The best way to get a sense for what it was like is to watch some of the videos below:

You can see all the videos from the trip at:
http://albums.phanfare.com/5119593/2260262_2442989#imageID=34520612

All in all it was a phenomenal experience I recommend to everyone! Now I just need to get a dune buggy and find a suitable terrain near New York :)

  1. José Teixidó
    March 2nd, 2008 | 8:04 pm

    Ok, THAT looks downright AWESOME.

    Brings back memories from a Go-Kart course we had nearby and used to visit a lot with the coworkers. It is a fine way to shake the stress off the shoulders and a great team building activity too ;)

    Great pictures and even greater videos, thanks for sharing.

  2. william
    March 2nd, 2008 | 3:56 pm

    we have been lost twice, not once, and you were the co pilot in both case ;-)

  3. March 2nd, 2008 | 3:59 pm

    Nope once, when you know you missed a turn, then you are not lost, you just have to go back and make the turn :)

    And the other time, we were on the right road but someone decided to follow the car in front of us then managed to lose it and lose himself :)

  4. Cristian
    March 2nd, 2008 | 6:34 pm

    Look at you 2 lucky dogs! :) As the average American would say, “That looked friggin’ awesome!”. Nice!

  5. Cristian
    March 2nd, 2008 | 6:36 pm

    Watching such cool footage gave me an great idea. I think I am going to take the Aston Martin and drive it on the beach at Half Moon Lane during low tide….NOT!!!! ha ha ;)

  6. Nat
    March 3rd, 2008 | 10:20 pm

    Pretty COOL stuff! I am sure u can find some rough roads in NYC, just need to get a suitable all-terrain buggy ;-))
    ahh – your adventure brings some awsome memories – I loved the wild rides in the sand quad at Baja California – the wind, the sand, the speed… Ahhh, wish I could jump on the sand dunes again :-)

  7. March 4th, 2008 | 11:16 am

    This looks insanely fun!!