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SCORE Baja 1000 film
SCORE-honoring ‘Dust to Glory’ feature length
Film set for World Premiere March 30 in Hollywood

Dana Brown’s newest feature documentary salutes history
and uniqueness of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 22, 2005) -- Pre-race staging is over and the green flag is about to drop for Dana Brown’s Dust to Glory-a memorable tribute to desert racing’s premiere event--the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE President and CEO Sal Fish announced today.

Dust to Glory is the full length feature documentary film about the eclectic band of adventurers who have gathered every fall since 1967 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico for the roughest, toughest and most adrenalin-filled point-to-point race ever held.

The Producers VIP World Premiere of the film will be at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday (March 30), at the ArcLight Cinema-The Dome in Hollywood, followed by the Producers VIP reception at the nearby Falcon club.

For the public, a nation-wide gradual release of the film will begin Friday, April 1. The film will open on those dates in Los Angeles at the Nuart Theater and in New York City at the Union Square Theater.

“I have previewed this breathtaking film and I have lived this magnificent race many times over and now I’m looking forward to enjoying it many times again as the world begins to experience what SCORE desert racing is all about,” said Fish, who is in his third decade running the Los Angeles-based SCORE International. “Dana (Brown) has produced a masterpiece that will etch his name permanently in the lore of this special genre of moviemaking.”

A number of special public charity screening events will also be held in several cities in the Southwest over the next few weeks with details to be announced shortly. On Friday, April 8, the film will be presented in 25 theaters in 10 states and Washington, D.C. Among the cities where it will be shown starting April 8 are Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Houston, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland.

Over 50 additional theaters across the country will begin showing the film over the next several weeks and more locations are being added daily. It will debut in Las Vegas on April 22 at the Suncoast Theater.

Often referred to as “the most famous race that no one has ever seen,” Dust to Glory, re-teams Step Into Liquid producers C. Rich Wilson and Scott Waugh of BronWa Pictures with Producer and SCORE Baja racing champion, Mike McCoy to help Dana Brown capture the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 on film.

The sprawling, ambitious film used more than 50 cameras, 4 helicopters, a four passenger open-wheel desert race car camera vehicle and a crew of over 80 to film the longest continuous point-to-point race in the world, which takes place each November in the mysterious and foreboding desert of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

Also contributing to Dust to Glory are SCORE’s Sal Fish and Director of Photography, Kevin Ward, who is also a prominent SCORE motorcycle racer.

In addition to more than 200 hours of footage from the 2003 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Dust to Glory also features archival footage from the inaugural desert race 37 years ago, which attracted such luminaries as Steve McQueen and James Garner. The footage was supplied by Bruce Brown, the famed director of Endless Summer and On any Sunday, who is part of the production team and the filmmaker’s father.

SCORE International, based in Los Angeles, has been the world’s foremost desert racing organization since it was founded in 1973. Today, it produces the six-race 2005 SCORE Desert Series in the U.S. and Mexico. Three races are held in Southern Nevada and the other three in Baja California.

IFC Films has the North American distribution rights to the film. IFC is a leading theatrical film distribution company bringing the best of independent and specialized films to theaters.

The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 is the flagship event of the SCORE Desert Series. The world’s most well-known desert race annually features approximately 275 vehicles, competing in 24 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. The 38th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will be held Nov. 17-20 this year in Ensenada.

Stories in the film (a partial list)
Mike “Mouse” McCoy:
Finishing 2nd in class and 12th overall on a motorcycle would certainly be considered an accomplished run for the Baja, where most set finishing (at all) as the coveted bar for success. On this day, however, a time of 18:02:40 bears little resemblance to downright heroism left on the course as Mike McCoy solo’d the 800-mile desert trek for the first time. And, befitting a hero’s welcome, Mouse was met by a sea of emotionally-stirred friends, family, and newly inspired fans at the finish line, which he reached by prevailing a 70mph crash and much more.

SCORE Trophy-Truck Titans: By some measure, the SCORE Trophy-Truck class is the most exciting and dramatic in the SCORE Baja 1000 and definitely a group of drivers and vehicles that command higher standards of intrigue and raw power. Robby Gordon, the Herbst brothers (Ed and Tim), Ryan Arciero, Mark Miller, and Alan Pflueger in many ways epitomize the range of traits that complete the SCORE Trophy-Truck driver’s persona. Shot wide and tight, ground and heli-footage of the class and captured an array of competitive, cinematic, and even funny moments.

The Baja Factor-the great equalizer: Each year, each SCORE Baja 1000 team’s success hinges largely upon preparation and the ability to meet incredibly unpredictable challenges. Inextricably woven into the course are unquantifiable monkey wrenches that add a thick layer of trepidation known to no other race in the world. These seemingly random factors include: a crowd that literally walks in the path of the vehicles (often with children), “Booby Traps” made during the night before the race (by fans) including jumps, floods and boulders, unauthorized course changes (think Wiley Coyote), Silt beds that swallow the vehicle in a cloud of blindness, and of course, the Federalies! The 2003 event was no exception.

Interviews: As only Dana Brown can, the candor typically left reserved for confessions was drawn out of an unprecedented cast of racing icons in one-on-one interviews. Some of the names include: Mario Andretti, Jimmy Vasser, Robby Gordon, Chad McQueen, Michel Jourdain Jr., Roberto Guerrero, Robbie Groff, Malcolm Smith, Bruce Brown, JN Roberts, Larry Roeseler, and Paul Page.

Class 11: The stock VW bug class-11 represents a phenomenon in the human experience that could best be described as the desire to “pull for the underdog”. One of the last classes off the start, the class 11 bugs face a brutalized course that serves up a greater fury towards the end of the race. Still, the fans and other teams don supportive garb that would make the cheese-heads in Green Bay feel disloyal. The interviews and the story of one passionate, emotionally symbiotic Mexican team will change your perspective on “racing”.

Tres Generations of Baja: McMillin Motorsports is a notorious family name in Baja. Three generations ranging from then 74 yr. old legend Corky McMillin, who’s history with Baja runs as deep as any, to brothers Mark and Scott, who have won the overall race more often than any team, to their then 15 yr. old sons, who each drove for the first time on their California driver’s permits. This family might best represent the spirit of heritage, identity, and commitment requisite to thriving in the SCORE Baja 1000.

*Incredible pit sequences where the real drama unfolds and the desert is the father of all destruction,
*Mario Andretti’s first Baja driving experience and subsequent thumb-ride home,
*An epic battle between factory team Honda riders Johnny Campbell and Steve Hengeveld vs. former teammate Andy Grider,
*Malcolm Smith’s real passion for the children of Baja (an orphanage heart-stringer),
*Baja icon JN Roberts returns to the desert to race with his son Jimmy for the first time, and more.

For more information on the film, view the trailer or locate the theater finder, visit www.d2gfilm.com. Group tickets are available at 1.888.349.3714.

For information contact:
SCORE International at its Los Angeles headquarters
(818) 225-8402 or visit
the official 2005 SCORE Desert Series website at:

For Sponsorship Information, contact:
  Mark Handley (760) 750-1905

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