Saturday, January 29, 2011

Finding Big Red

Big Red somewhere in Baja

I’ve been traveling in Baja since the mid 60’s. Throughout those years having various vehicles and in search of what I thought would be the perfect rig. One day in the mid 80’s, I was walking down Mission Blvd, just a short distance from my surf shop. Just then I heard the sound of a healthy engine passing by. I looked and saw the perfect rig going down the road. My imagination began to go wild with the idea of owning that rig and what I could do to it and where I could go with it.  Anywhere in Baja is where it should be roaming. Little did I know that someday I would own that very same vehicle.

Two months later I had heard that the person that owned the rig was someone I knew and they were wanting to sell it. A month later I heard it was still for sale and he couldn’t get it to start. I decided to track the guy down and make him an offer. I finally caught up with the guy and he told me that he wanted to sell it soon so he could go to Hawaii. So I made him an offer of $1,000. He said ok and we made a deal. I towed it home and went through it and got it to start and made sure there was nothing seriously wrong with it. A month later I went to the DMV and registered it. The very next day another guy I knew came by my house and told me it was his vehicle and that the other guy had stolen it from him. I told him that the other guy had the pink slip and signed it over to me and the DMV was fine with everything and gave me the tags and registration. I told him he should see what the DMV has to say, but as far as I was concerned it was mine now.  Never heard anything else about it.


  1. Greeting from Ireland!

    I read about yourself and Big Red in the Surfers Journal in the Apr/May 08 edition and was inspired to get a rig like Big Red. I have since got a beautiful Mercedes 308d converted and still adding bits to it. It has given me a lot of pleasure over the last 3 years and I would love to forward pictures of my rig to you, do you have an email address? my address is

    I tried to make contact with you prior to this through the Surfers Journal but got no reply, I was surprised to see your blog as I am currently making a album/film and was just looking for pictures of your Big Red until I stumbled across your blog.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


  2. I would love to see a more about Big Red. More photos and descriptions of what you carry and how you use it. It is a small truck, but the one picture I saw of the interior was stretched and it looked like it was 30' inside!