Dust to Glory

Everything that could've
gone wrong went wrong.

It's not a pit stop.
Got one crazy mad driver right there.
Robby had gotten a flat
but his pit crew was unprepared.

Putting Robby in full tilt.
He blazed through 30 miles on a flat tire
to nearly be in first place
before finally getting a change.

While the trophy trucks
and Class 1 buggies

represent the power and glamour
of the Baja 1000.

The true symbol of victory
is the motorcycle.

Specifically a motorcycle ridden by
Johnny Campbell and Steve Hengeveld.

With six straight overall titles.
Johnny and Steve stand atop a mountain

with seemingly
nowhere to go but down.

The pressure of winning is always there.
And when you win
several times in a row,

not only do you wanna
do it again for yourself,

but, you know, when you got a corporate
company like Honda, let's say,

for Johnny and Steve, they want
them to win, and they know that.

You don't see it the way you used
to see it when you used to look up.

You know you've conquered it,
you've won it,

and you just wanna win another one.
You expect it. You just expect it.
Anything less is unacceptable.
To beat the elements,
to have the equipment stay together,

there's really a lot
of things against ya.

I mean, I've bounced off
of front ends of cars,

I've bounced off of fences,
I've bounced off of cattle.

You know, it's a little bit
like Russian roulette.

After he won his tenth
Baja 1000.

Larry Roeseler decided to stop competing
for the overall title on a motorcycle.

He felt his time was due.
The next year. Danny Hamel.
Starting in Roeseler's traditional spot.

Would have his fatal accident.
There is certain risks you take.
You can't live in a box,
or you're just gonna run from everything.

"How do you let him do what he does?"
And I said, "One, we make our living at it.
Number two is,

"the day I tell him that he can't,
he's gonna die in a car accident

going up the 405
to Torrance, you know?"

I mean, when it's your day,
it's your day.