ReengineeringSteve McQueen’slegendary “Baja Boot” to race the longest,
continuous, off-road race in the world.
Los Angeles, CA— March 2019
SCG officially announces their commitment to enter a modern day,reengineeredversion of Steve McQueen and Bud Edkins, Chevy powered Baja Boot for the 52ndrunning of the SCORE Baja 1000 in 2019. Glickenhaus purchased the Vic Hickeypurpose built, one-of-one 1967 Baja Boot at Pebble Beach auction in 2010.
The inspiration came during a casual conversation between the Glickenhaus
family and car designer Michael Young. The idea was to build a military grade, luxury, take-you-anywhere SUV. James and Jesse Glickenhaus green lit a plan to produce five modern dayversions of the Baja Boot (named Glickenhaus Boot) with the intention of racing one at the 52ndAnnual SCORE Baja 1000.The Glickenhaus’sconcept has always been to test the durability of their vehicles in the most grueling races in the world. There is no better race to test a vehicle’soff roadcapability than the prestigious Baja 1000.
“This November we are going to drive our Glickenhaus Baja Boot from
San Diego to Ensenada, race theBaja1000,and drive home. What’s not
to like?” —James Glickenhaus, Founder
Facing the multitude of challenges of building a Baja 1000 worthy, street legal SUV, JamesandJesse Glickenhaus turned to professionaloff roadracer and expert Darren Skilton to manage the project and racing program and builder Elliot Pollock and Armada Engineering to execute the build.
Darren Skilton, SCG Boot manager of manufacturing, design expectationsandrace logistics brings 20+ years of professionaloff roadracing in the US, Baja, EuropeandSouth America, to the Baja Boot team. He has raced in theworld famousDakar rally seven times with two class wins. Also competing in the Baja 500 and 1000 annually for over 20 years culminating in six Baja 1000 class wins. Darren is the co-creator and director of Sonora Rally, afive daynavigation rally held in Sonora, Mexico. His wide range of off-road team management experience, along with his passion for international racing makes him the perfect fit for the development and execution of the SCG Boot program.
“Formethe Glickenhaus Boot is an inspirational project. It is an opportunity to pay homage to the legendary designer Vic Hickey with a modernhigh performancevehicle basedoffhis vision. My hope is to honor where the sport ofoff roadhas come from with something that inspires a new generation of enthusiasts” —Darren Skilton, Glickenhaus Boot Project Manager
Glickenhaus had the original Baja Boot shipped from New York to Los Angeles to help Armada Engineering get inspiration while working on the 2019 Glickenhaus Boot.
Elliot Pollock from Armada Engineering is the engineer behind the Glickenhaus Boot and is manufacturing the race and production versions of the vehicles.
Elliot’s off-road background started on two wheels racing motocross at local tracks near his hometown of Moorpark, CA. His career in off-road racing started at a young age working for several off-road racing teams as a junior designer and fabricator. After experiencing the excitement of off-road racecar development he decided to progress his craft in automotive engineering and technical design. In addition to off-road racing, Elliot has years of success working with the movie industry to design and develop movie cars, as well as developing racecars for Oshkosh Defense and Ford.
In 2010, Elliot decided to live out his dream and start his own brand of off-road racecars by designing and building his first Trophy Truck. Armada Engineering has become a household name in the international off-road racing community by manufacturing some of the most innovative and highly capable off-road racecars in the industry.
The plan is to produce five Glickenhaus Boot off-road vehicles prior to the 2019 Baja 1000. The team will design, develop and manufacture one racecar and four road cars.
Aligned with SCORE International, The Glickenhaus Baja Boot will be entered to race the 52ndAnnual SCORE Baja 1000 in 2019
“We welcome any manufacturer that makes an SUV to race our new Boot in
the 2019 Baja 1000 in a stock SUV class. The Baja 1000 has a stock VW
Bug class, a stock truck class, and soon, a stock SUV class.”
Glickenhaus Baja Boot two-seater will be
equipped with the following specifications:
Track Width: 88” with race suspension
Suspension: 4130 Tig Welded High Strength Boxed Lower and Upper Control Arms
Suspension Travel: 22”
Shocks: Fox Racing 2.5 Coilovers with 3.5 Front Bypass Shocks and 4.0 Rear Bypass Shocks
Suspension: All Wheel Drive, Four Wheel IndependentA Arm Suspension
Suspension Travel: 19”
Shocks: Fox 3.0 Factory Race Series Internal Bypass Coilovers
Tires: 37” BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02
Wheels: 17” Method Race Wheels 311 Vex
Fuel capacity: 40 gallons
The FutureSCG’s objective is to launch a two-seat version of the SCG Boot offered with manufacturers options in 2019. In 2020 and 2021, SCG will be releasing a wider footprintfour-seatversion of the boot, which will include many creature comforts and performance options to allow clients to custom tailor their options.