It’s hard to believe that I have been following the sport of desert racing for almost 20 years. Am I really that old? I guess so. Although I didn’t build my first “official” prerunner/desert truck until 2000, I was attending as many SoCal races as possible. If I remember correctly, my very first race was the SCORE Primm 300 in 1994? My passion for going fast in the dirt is what lead my launch into journalism. Little did I know at the time, the countless hours I was pouring into Jordansrealm.com would produce a future. Thank God it did, I sure wasn’t happy in the Dental field!
Please forgive my brief moment remembering back when every weekend was spent in the desert, Primm wasn’t owned by the Herbst brothers, MDR was still around and Inland PreRunner meets were the talk of the forums. You see, I just sat down and watched the entire Dezert People series in one sitting. How long did that take you ask? Most of the entire day with bathroom and food breaks. What better way to remember them and talk about the latest films than seeing how far they have come!
Curtis and Klaus started DP with their first film, Dezert People The Movie back in 2001. Fast forward 12 years later and we now have 9 complete films and a “greatest hits” film called Money Shots. Around the same time DP The Movie launched, a number of other people were launching their own desert racing films. Many of them are friends of mine and hopefully they won’t hate me for saying this. All of them presented a different view of many of the same events. However, I have to give the nod to Curtis, his films have always been more polished and well put together. Curtis is still doing what he has been for over a decade, producing the standard for which all other desert racing film producers are looking to hit. If you sit down and watch them all in order as I just have, you will see how the production value, editing, soundtrack and filming has all improved with each release. Better equipment and years of experience have paid off.
I didn’t take count, but I would have to guess that Dezert People 9 covers more events than any of the previous films. The entire video is jam packed with goodness from SCORE, BITD, CODE, VORRA, Baja Racing in Texas, LOORS, King of the Hammers and more. Also included are special driver features with the top names in the world of desert racing. Jesse James, Robby Gordon, John Swift, Steve Olliges, Roger Norman are just a few of the big names. Its 54 minutes of stare at the screen fun!
I am definitely going to suggest you pickup the entire series if you have the cash. If your budget only allows for one, do yourself a favor and grab Money Shots. I had to watch it twice even after sitting through them all. Not only did it stir up memories from attending a number of the featured events, the sheer craziness from some of the best crashes in the sport over the past decade is like a train wreck. You can’t take your eyes off it. The insane in-car crash footage at 9:23! Nearly all of the “I think my truck is a Trophy Truck” footage from the Del Mar Tuff Truck events is nothing short of hysterical. Seeing Vance go big at THE WALL, in-car footage from Travis Pastrana Rally Racing, Ocotillo night vision, Bonzen blazing Glamis full-tilt, Zoo Road’s nutcase spectators, Belden’s Rialto Off-Road Raceway flip, and enough close calls to make your butt pucker. With rock crawling and side by side events being covered in the latest films, there really is something for everyone.
They say proof is in the pudding, well call Bill Cosby and tell him you just served up an entire box of pudding pops! Get your copy today, click here!
Another excellent off-road racing video from the minds of Dezert People. Go get it!