The best car films are often the ones that aren’t made by car people explicitly for other car people. In 2005 Dust To Glory brought Baja racing to the world, and now the follow-up Dust 2 Glory is bringing it to a new generation.
The film is the product of a second-generation surf filmmaker Dana Brown, who’s risen to almost legendary status in the off-road racing world on the merits of his first film, even though he’s made more movies about surfing than Baja racing. Brown is the son of the late Bruce Brown who’s often credited with making surfing mainstream with his documentary I’m sure you’ve seen the posters of:- The Endless Summer.
Dust 2 Glory isn’t so much a sequel as a… continuation. It’s another look at the same event, but it’s focused on new people and their struggles.
“Dust 2 Glory” shows all the highs and lows involved in desert racing. Watching and hearing a trophy truck dance across the desert at over 100 mph into the sunrise is something to behold. The lows are, for sure, the deaths that occur, like motorcyclists Travis Livingston and Noah Evermann, who died during the 2016 Baja 500 race. Racers are a big family, and even the winners of the race deeply felt the pain of loss.
The movie is a nice mix of helicopter, drone, POV and run-and-gun style cinematography. While much of the footage is truly jaw-droppingly beautiful, like many of the starry night time-lapse shots, some of the shots are also raw and gritty, like the POV crash footage. Quality editing and storytelling tie everything together.