Intimidate your off-roading

by Evander Klum

Irritated with your Jeep muffler? Or just can't get through a terrain?

Allow your off-road travel to be intimidated by movies to give you the drive in getting your Jeep through a tough terrain.

"On Any Sunday" This historical documentary pays tribute to motorcycle fanatic Steve McQueen. It takes a very close look at racers and enthusiasts. Directed by Bruce Brown and released in 1971, it features capturing the thrill and freedom of what was happing with racing in the late 60s, and off-road adventure itself. Rick Deremo, ex-professional-motocross-rider-turned-rock-racer, says he likes the fact that this movie brings out his competitive nature as this was one movie that got him pumped to go wheeling.

"Dust to Glory" This documentary directed by Dana Brown caught the Baja 1000 fever. This features combined talents in the off-road world that resulted to superb footage of the famous (Robby Gordon, Jimmy Vassar, Mario Andretti) and the unknown for an affliction to the toughest desert racers in the world. This was filled with motorcycles, buggies and trophy trucks, and was able to capture the beauty, isolation and magic that surround the rotten desert race any off-roader dreams of doing.

Dirt Sports Editorial Director and author of the race chronicle book "1000 Miles to Glory" Marty Fiolka, is the associate producer of "Dust to Glory".

"Haulin' or Crawlin' Series" Pat Gallagher, President and Founder of RP Films, can land a great piece of terrain action when it comes to getting the most exposure in the off-road sport of professional rock crawling. RP Films produces the fierce 4x4 off-road and rock crawling videos and DVDs dubbed as Haulin' or Crawlin' series - number 4 was just released this spring.

Professional rock crawler Jesse Haines says Haulin' or Crawlin' exudes "the best rock crawlers in the world on some of the craziest obstacle".

"Cannonball Run" This features scenes where Jackie Chan takes his Subaru wheeling. This wacky film stars Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, and a whole host of other misfits like Sammy Davis Jr., Jamie Farr, and Terry Bradshaw. What's so interesting about this is that this movie was based on a series of real races started by Brock Yates of Car & Driver Magazine.

"The Road Warrior" Set in the desolated Australian Outback, this movie is about a post-apocalypse world, where natural resources and humanity has vanished, introducing unheard modifications to monster vehicles. Mad Max, actor Mel Gibson gets his badass 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon Coupe, called "The Pursuit Special" but also referred to as "The Interceptor" in the first movie. Here, modifications to this dark police vehicle included the Concorde front end and the supercharger bulging through the bonnet. The Road Warrior, the rear wheels, supercharger and pipes were altered. Huge petrol tanks were located in the back.

Movies can really be intimidating. But just be sure not to be over intimidated for you might just encounter danger.

About the Author

Evander Klum is a Business Administration graduate who hails from Alabama. He enjoys extreme sports and he is also a car racing fanatic. At present, he works as a marketing manager at an advertising agency in Cleveland.

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