Arie Luyendyk Jr. injured in wild TORC crash

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While some race car drivers are happy to pursue the dream in one series or another, real racers can often be found spending their personal time racing other types of cars. Those guys tend to be the ones that compete in different series at the same time and when the paying rides in one series dry up, they head to some other form of motorsport. They race because they have to in order to fuel their passion. It would seem that Arie Luyendyk Jr. is just one of those guys.

The son of Indycar legend Ari, Arie Jr. is best known for his stint on the popular television series The Bachelor. Lately, Luyendyk Jr. has been playing in the dirt at the wheel of a TORC racing truck. The series was in Primm, Nevada last weekend and the hunky racer had a massive roll in his Gunk sponsored truck. The impact broke Luyendyk’s collarbone, but fortunately he was fine otherwise, being awake and even Tweeting out pictures of himself from the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
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Ride along with Robby Gordon at 2014 Mint 400

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Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Robby Gordon is a competitor’s competitor. A guy who can get behind the wheel of just about anything and make it perform. You might say that Gordon is a badass that was made more in the style of Sixties era racers like Foyt, Gurney and Andretti.

Ok, enough man love for Gordon. These days, the guy is most likely to be seen at the wheel of some sort of racing truck, preferably in the dirt. The racer’s bid to win the 2014 Mint 400 ended just a few miles in, when his truck’s transmission broke. Looking at the insane pounding the truck takes on the desert trails near Vegas, it is little wonder than mechanical failures are a regular part of desert racing.

ebay find of the day: James Garner’s Olds 442 Baja racer

While they loved road racing every bit as much as PLN, guys like Steve McQueen and James Garner also liked to get their kicks in the dirt. McQueen was as quick on 2 wheels as he was on 4. Garner liked to do it in the dirt too, and in ’69 partnered with Oldsmobile and Goodyear to create the Goodyear Grabber Olds 442 Baja racer. Originally built for the 1969 NORRA Mexican 1000, Garner raced the car for the next 2 years before selling it. The next owner crashed it and the 442 lay dormant for the next 30 years.

When fabrication ace Vic Hickey got his hands on the car, he brought it back to life and it was raced by off road legend Rod Hall at the 2010 XO 250 in Reno. Now, the freshly restored icon is up for grabs on ebay.

Head past the jump to see a gallery the restored car and a couple of videos of the machine in action, including in car with Rod Hall, before you go register your bid on one of the coolest desert racers of all time.
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BFG: 1000 miles of GO

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In their next installment of the search for GO, the folks at BFG follow their off the rack Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 to the Baja 1000. There are few forms of motorsport that dish out more punishment than desert racing. It is pretty incredible that actual consumer tires can tackle this sort of abuse.

To go fast in the desert takes lots of preparation & dedication, not to mention just a little dose of crazy. That crazy passion certainly equates to GO.

Check out the video after the break
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