Having recently spent some time in LA and the surrounding area for the LA Auto Show, it never fails to blow my mind just how big California is. You don’t have to drive very far to get out of the city and find barren deserts, thick forests, or snow-capped peaks. And that’s why it makes such a great place to own an old Land Cruiser like Mike Burroughs from StanceWorks. He’s done a solid handful of really awesome off-road adventures in his FJ60 and his latest trip to The Salton Sea looks to be one of the most interesting yet.
There’s something I really admire about the Morgan Motor Company. They’ve found a way to keep their identity and traditions intact for over 100 years, building cars today much the same way they did 50 years ago, with hand-beaten aluminum panels over beautifully formed Ash wood frames. I’d like to think it’s that old-world craftsmanship and character that keeps customers coming back and buying their cars. I mean, there’s nothing else like a Morgan out there. And that’s why it was so awesome to sneak a peek inside their factory, courtesy of Petrolicious. And if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to drive one of these modern but traditional Morgans, they’ve also got a lovely review of a brand-new Morgan Plus 4 as well. With only a hair over 2,000 lbs to move around, it sounds like a blast!
If it weren’t so weird, I probably wouldn’t like it, but this Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution is the coolest crossover on the planet. Those huge, boxed fender flares, bulging hood scoop, and bright red mudflaps aren’t just for looks. For those who aren’t familiar, the Pajero Evo was built as a homologation special so Mitsubishi could go racing in the Dakar Rally. And they didn’t just sell a watered down version of the race car to the public back in the 1990s. Oh no. They just fitted a roll cage and racing seats to the street-legal Pajero Evos and took them to the most brutal and punishing race on the planet. Although the 3.5-liter V6 that produced 276 hp was only good enough to get the Pajero up to 60 MPH in about 8 seconds, it would maintain that pace across terrain that would stop a Jeep or a Defender in its tracks. It’s both incredibly focused while also being all-purpose. It might very well be one of the coolest vehicles on the planet that nobody knows about and I’m just excited that Road & Track got the chance to write about this one.
I’ve always wanted to go watch the Baja 1000. It’s one of the gnarliest races out there and it’s become almost as much of a lifestyle event as it is a grueling adventure. So naturally, it was awesome to see the dudes at Hoonigan cover this year’s race on their Youtube channel. Not just that, but they bought the cheapest running Baja Bug they could find on Craigslist for $2,500 just 2 days before they were going to head down and chase the race. Surprisingly, they survived their week in Baja driving their “ScumBug” around and even managed to make an awesome film about their trip. If you want a bit more backstory on how the ScumBug came to be and how it made it to the Baja 1000, you should also check this video out.