It’s True: Guys Raced Muscle Cars At The Baja 1000, And Jim Garner Was Among ‘Em. Ride Along In His Recently Restored Olds 442.
James Garner—then known mostly for Maverick, as this was before The Rockford Files—was an avid racer in the late ’60s, and he even had his own fab shop, American International Racers, building cars for Daytona, Sebring, and the like. He was also an off-road racer from the start and even fabbed the famous fleet of AMC Ramblers that ran in the ’69 Baja 500. In the ’69 Mexican 1000, Garner piloted the ’70 Grabber 442, which was one of three preproduction cars built by off-road guru Vic Hickey, who had also created the Hurst Baja Boot, among many others. The Olds seems an unusual choice once you realize the project was not factory backed, but it has been assumed that it may have been influenced by Hickey’s alliance with George Hurst, who was tight with Olds.
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This is so cool… I mean really, it is! Look at that thing fly!