Parnelli Jones's "Big Oly" Racer in Baja
Credit: © Basem Wasef (from the book Legendary Race Cars)

Dempsey says participating in the Baja 1000 in 2005 gave him a special appreciation for the singular gnarliness of desert racing and resulted in his having a big crush on the beast that is Parnelli Jones's "Big Oly" racer.

The V8-powered, tube framed ride was designed to devour the hairiest terrain, and is an icon of an era when American brawn and ingenuity tackled the most extreme of races.