Glickenhaus to build modern-day Steve McQueen Baja Boot

SCG are to reinvent the famous Baja Boot off-roader, and have challenged other manufacturers to a race from New York to Paris via The Road of Bones

SCG, the supercar company founded by serial car collector Jim Glickenhaus, is to build modern-day versions of the 1960s Baja Boot, made famous by Steve McQueen.

In fact, Glickenhaus bought the original Baja Boot in 2010 at Pebble Beach, adding to his Ferrari-heavy collection. No-one guessed at that point that he'd suggest a new version though...

The original Baja Boot was started in the GM skunkworks department, by off-road guru and inventor Vic Hickey, before officials at the company got wind of it, and reminded those involved of its no-racing policy at the time. It was quickly moved to the Hurst workshop and finished in time for the inaugural 1967 Baja 1000, an off-road race 1000-miles along the coast of Mexico.

This first Baja Bug was powered by a Chevy V8 placed directly behind the driver. It drove through a GM 400 Hydramatic transmission and featured Corvette differentials with Positraction, a Dana 18 transfer case, close-ratio power steering and torsion bar suspension. It used huge Goodyear Baja Special tyres, 36 inches in diameter, and disc brakes all round. This at a time when most off-road dune racers used the VW Beetle as a base.

Steve McQueen and friend and Great Escapes stuntman Bud Ekins raced the Baja Boot, and it became known as one of the most innovative and influential off-road racers ever made. A second one was built, which is now on display in the Louwman Museum in the Hague.

So far, SGC (which stands for Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus) have completed a preliminary design study of the new Baja Boot, and formalised agreements with manufacturers for the major components needed. The plan is for 5-litre V8 power, automatic transmission, switchable two- and four-wheel-drive, 20in suspension travel and, despite the back-to-basics concept, heating and air-con systems.

Importantly, it will be road-legal too, and available in three- and five-seater versions, with a central driving position. The two-door Boot will start at $250,000, while a four-door can be yours for $275,000.

The company plans to race both factory and customer SCG Boots in the Baja 1000, starting in 2019, and is also going to attempt a world altitude driving record up the Ojos del Salado volcano in Chile with the Expedition version (below) of the SCG Boot. The first SCG Boot customers will also get an entry into the 2019 Baja 1000 or luxury follow-along. All customers will have the option of full race support from SCG.

They're also planning on driving the Expedition Boot west from New York across the Bering Strait amphibiously, down The Road of Bones, across the Trans Siberian Highway to St Petersburg, and on into Paris. An amphibious version of the Boot has been mocked up already, as below.

SCG has also, cheekily, invited other manufacturers to take part: 'We would like to extend a formal invitation to Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Land Rover, Volvo, Jaguar, Ford, GM, Dodge, Audi, Porsche, Alfa, Maserati, Jeep, Mercedes and any and all other Manufacturers of SUVs to join us with their offerings, driving West from NY, amphibiously across the Bering Sea, down the Road of Bones, across the Trans Siberian Highway through Beijing, Moscow, St. Petersburg and then on to Paris for a nice dinner on us.'

For more, visit the SCG website.

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