Back in 2010, James Glickenhaus bought Steve McQueen’s famous Hurst Baja Boot race buggy. McQueen had raced the Boot in 1968 in the 7-11 Race outside of Vegas but eventually won the Baja 500 with Bud Ekin, McQueen’s friend, behind the wheel. At the time of the purchase, no one was quite sure why Glickenhaus was picking up the buggy. Well, now we know. Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has announced their intention to build the SCG Boot, inspired by McQueen’s original racer.
The SCG Boot is an “all-terrain platform capable of pre-running the Baja at speed, crawling through the rocks at Hammertown, and exploring the backcountry roads in between.” SCG also plans on a race version of the Boot that could compete in the full Baja 1000. In fact, the team plans to build the Boot, drive it to the Baja, complete the race, then drive it home later this year.
“In Jan 2018 we started a blank sheet of paper and a wild idea,” SCG stated on Twitter. “Let’s create a new version of the Baja Boot, race the Baja 1000, and drive home. 17 months of blood sweat, and tears , we have Boots on the ground.” That’s right, SCG has moved out of renderings and into the real world. There are even videos from Glickenhaus of the SCG Boot being driven for the first time.
The SCG Boot features an LT4 V8 sourced from GM that can deliver 650 horsepower. The road leagal version has four-wheel independent suspension that sports 19 inches of travel, all set on 37-inch all-terrain tires. If you’re interested in the race version, that travel increases to 22 inches. The Baja package also comes with 2.5 front and rear coilovers and 3.5 Bypass shocks in the front and 4.0 Bypass shocks in the back. Wilwood six-piston brake calipers with 14-inch discs provide the stopping power. For now, SCG’s Boot comes as a two-door model, but there are plans in the works for a four-door model. You can pick up the two-door version for $250,000; the four-door, when it’s available, will run $275,000.