Fifty years ago the Volkswagen Beetle was modified to create the iconic Baja Bug. As its name suggests, the Baja Bug wasn’t just a run of the mill Bug, instead it was modified to tackle rocks, steep gullies, washboard roads, blinding dust and sand pits in Mexico. Next month Volkswagen is celebrating the 50th anniversary of racing Baja Bugs in the BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000.

Volkswagen Baja Bug

The grueling and demanding race was originally called the Mexican 1000 on Oct. 31, 1967, which ran between Tijuana and La Paz.

The SCORE Baja 1000 was born from the dune buggy and off-roading culture of southern California in the ‘60s. This year the race course will be approximately 1200 miles long, starting in Ensenada and finishing in La Paz. Marking the 43rd time the race has started in Ensenada and the 21st time it will finish in La Paz.

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