Bill Caswell to Build Baja 1000 BMW Vehicle at SEMA 2010
“Bill’s passion for racing combined with his desire to create fits nicely with our vision of empowering auto enthusiasts through the Power of Blue,” said Tim Swanson, vice president of marketing, Miller Electric Mfg. Co. “Rally and Baja racing requires a diverse skill set, from detailed fabrication and welding to high-speed driving. We’re looking forward to watching Bill build and race the Miller car.”
“I grew up watching the Baja 1000 race, and actually running it has been a lifelong dream of mine,” said Caswell. “Welding is probably the most critical part of prepping the car for a Baja race, and I'm excited to finish the car and get underway.”
“When I knew I was going rally-racing, I figured I would put the car into a tree at my first event; it never happened but rally crashes can be pretty severe with trees and boulders lining the stages," he added. “I figured if I am going to do that, I need to learn how to build my own roll cages because they are the most expensive and complicated part of building an inexpensive race car.”
As part of the Baja 1000 BMW build, Caswell will fabricate the following components during the course of the SEMA trade show.
- Day One – Main Roll Cage
- Day Two – Front Cage and Suspension
- Day Three – Rear Cage and Suspension
- Day Four – Accessories including complete main cage structure, front brush guard, fuel cell, light bar, safety gear and exhaust.
The vehicle in question is similar to the modified 1991 BMW 318i which he raced in the Rally America class of Rally Mexico earlier this year.