Ben Swift and his dad spend all year preparing for one dusty, grueling, 500 mile, weekend-long race through the desert they sometimes don’t finish.

They build their car. Spending nights and weekends tweaking and tinkering with the class 5 unlimited VW to optimize it for the race.

Passion, grit, perseverance, focus. Despite crashes and mechanical setbacks, they keep coming back and getting better year after year. They took us with them to the Baja 500 to see what it’s all about.