Restoration Of John Bakers 70’s Class 8 Dodge-First Dodge Sponsored Desert Race Truck

by Wes Kibble on September 14, 2010

From what I can recall, John Baker was the first off road racer to be sponsored in full by Dodge in the Class 8 Two Wheel Drive class. Baker was a well rounded driver that had decent success in his Ford Bronco before switching to the Dodge truck. He ran this truck for two years before the Dodge sponsorship was transferred to Walker Evans. At this point, John Baker moved to a Class 7 D-50 mini truck. Does anyone have more photos or information about Baker and his Class 8 dodge desert race truck? It is currently being restored and the owner would like more information.


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steve judd June 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I grew up knowing John and was around when both his dodge class 8 truck and his D-50 trucks. I do have many pictures of his second class 8 truck. It was built in 1979 by brent foes but didn’t get to race a lot. I would be happy to send copies of the pictures I have of this truck.



Wes Kibble June 1, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Steve, I would love to see the photos! Can you email them to ?


sean February 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I wish I had some. I worked for John while in high school back in 83-84. I loved that job!!


marco Llanos November 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

My brother George worked on Johns trucks back in the 80’s.
I have several pictures of the Dodge trucks being built.
I also have sever John Baker stickers.


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