The Dome, at the Pacific ArcLight Theaters, in Hollywood – The world premiere of the film “Dust to Glory”

Red Carpet, Lights, Cameras … all for off-road!

Dust to Glory is about many things, most importantly, the Baja 1000. The name is synonymous with intense competition, sheer natural beauty, enduring pain, danger and punishment just to try and get to the finish.

One of the biggest stars of the movie, “Mouse” McCoy, explains how he got the name “Mouse”: When I was first born my dad walked in the hospital and said “What’s that, a little mouse?” Mike is my ‘real’ name, and I was basically born on a motorcycle. My dad is Mike McCoy (Producer, helicopter pilot and a pioneering Baja motorcycle and buggy racer). I received a motorcycle for my first birthday, dropped the training wheels at age 3 and started racing at the age of 4. Racing became a way of life, and I had some successes (Mouse was one of the most successful young racers of his generation, winning multiple national championships, and turning pro at the age of 14). A string of injuries took their toll, and I felt burnt out, and retired from professional racing at 17 to pursue a career in the film industry. I spent the next 5 years working in almost every capacity (camera, grip, electric, and production) for legendary director Joe Pytka, earning a proverbial Masters Degree in film production. Then I transitioned away from production and into stunts (becoming one of the top young stunt-men in Hollywood working with directors such as Tony Scott, Rob Cohen, and John Mctiernen just to name a few). When I’m not making movies I spend my time riding and racing motorcycles primarily in Baja … either leading moto-safaris to the tip or winning races (2002 San Felipe 250 and the 2002 Baja 1000 class 30 pro).

What is Dust to Glory??? Every fall since 1967 a hearty and eclectic band of adventurers have gathered in Ensenada, Mexico in Baja California for one of the roughest, toughest and most exhilarating rides ever concocted. It’s the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the longest non-stop, point-to-point race in the world. Now award-winning film-maker Dana Brown (“Step into Liquid”), has plunged into the world of the Baja 1000 with DUST TO GLORY – a feature documentary that captures all the excitement, hard knocks, sights and sounds of this extraordinary event.

Using over fifty cameras and a crew of ninety, Brown puts the audience right in the middle of a race often called the most dangerous in the world. But the Baja 1000 is not only about the competition but the camaraderie among some 1200 participants driving 270 vehicles of all sizes and shapes in a carnival atmosphere witnessed by 200,000 spectators. As much as anything, DUST TO GLORY celebrates the unique people and geography of Baja, from sun-baked mountains to dusty deserts to the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. “The place is everything,” says Brown. “If the race were someplace else, it wouldn’t be the same. It’s like a going back in time. Mouse is a motorcycle maniac who gives new meaning to the term hard-nosed in this movie. For reason known only to himself, Mouse has decided to ride the entire 1000 miles of the race solo – with no other drivers to spell him for over 18 hours.”

“Also along for the ride are three generations of the McMillin family, including 16-year-old prodigy Andy, with a brand new Calif. driver’s license, tearing down dirt roads in their open wheel Class 1 buggy. Keeping it all in the family is the contentious father-son team of JN and Jimmy Roberts. Sixty-two-year-old JN won the first Baja in 1967 but hasn’t been back in thirty years. Then there’s an all-women team as well as the remarkable sight of relatively unmodified pre-1983 VW bugs – the little engines that could – pushing to make it across the finish line. There is some action-packed footage of top off-road ace Johnny Campbell, and RJ is in the movie as well, makes some very poignant statements.

Presiding over the whole event as the Grand Marshall is the almost angelic presence of the most famous racer alive, Mario Andretti, who seems like there is no place on earth he would rather be. In fact, celebrities have long been a part of the amazing scene and Steve McQueen and James Garner make cameo appearances in archival footage.

Racing everything from motorcycles hitting speeds up to 120 mph, 800 horsepower trophy trucks, dune buggies with Porsche engines and even the diminutive Bugs, everyone is there just for the joy of it all and the accomplishment of completing something nearly impossible. And thanks to DUST TO GLORY even those less adventurous get to thrill in the ride of a lifetime. Look for the movie to hit theaters on April 1!

This movie captures what it’s all about …

Photos – click on the thumbnails to view the larger images

Special thanks to Cheryl Lynch

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The Dome – Pacific ArcLight Theaters

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Hollywood Blvd – 2am

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This is a real, expensive movie camera

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photographers outside the Red Carpet

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The Red Carpet is actually … red!

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The Beautiful People were there!

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Name all seven of these people and you win!

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Movie is just about to start!

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Oh yeah … Jean & Laurette!

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Mouse McCoy and his lady

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Mouse on the film, in Baja

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This is SJ, and RJ

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Hollywood streets come alive at night

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The truck

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Opening credit to movie

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