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|Join the Legends Rally Fundraiser today!
We are formally inviting you, your family and friends to be our
guests at the first annual Legends Rally,
a formal ORMHOF fundraiser.
Ride with the legends of the
Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame
Spend an unforgettable weekend hanging out with the legends of off-road racing as you rally across the beautiful Anza landscape. This fund raising event features 2 stunning off-road loops – proceeds will benefit the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. Camping, BBQ, music, drinks and fun for the whole family!*
|Please Welcome the Class of 2014
The Off-Road Motorsports
Hall of Fame Announces the 2014 Class of Inductees
Reno, Nev. (May 19,
2013) – The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) announced today the 2014
Class of Inductees. Del Albright, David
Ashley, Marty Fiolka, the late Nye Frank, and Bill Sanders will have their
names added to the venerable list of those who have committed their lives to
the off-road community.
The five Inductees’ widespread
accomplishments cover a number of arenas in the sport including off-road
racing, and acting as pioneers of the industry, journalism and advocacy. Their legacies will be celebrated and
displayed for the public, in Gallery Four within the famed National Automobile
Museum – the Harrah Collection –
located in Reno, Nev. They join names synonymous with the sport including
Parnelli Jones, Malcolm Smith, Rob MacCachren, Larry Roeseler, Walker Evans, and
Rod Hall, as well as many others who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes
to make the sport prosper and grow.
The Induction Class was
chosen by an eighteen-member voting panel on the basis of significant
contribution to off-road motorsports- beyond wins and sport affiliation.
All nominees must have
at least fifteen years of experience and involvement, as well as have built,
designed, driven, maintained, owned, prepared, piloted, promoted, or ridden an
off-road vehicle or supported the off-road industry. They are
characterized by their desire to win, the mastery of their field, and their
courage to innovate. Each Inductee has made a significant contribution to
off-road motorsports in at least one of the following aspects: Business,
History, Design, Engineering, Prestige of the Sport, and/or Growth of the
This year’s Induction
Ceremonies will introduce a new venue, as the Inductees will be honored Sunday,
November 2, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the
South Point Hotel and Casino. For further information, visit the ORMHOF
website: www.ormhof.org or email at [email protected]
Del Albright has shared 33 years of wisdom, knowledge of
leadership, and supervision to help keep public lands open to the public. He has spent time working on trails,
attending meetings, writing letters, joining and starting organizations, and
meeting with legislators to effectively save access to public lands. While he is known for doing all of these
things, in addition to being the ambassador for the Blue Ribbon Coalition, his
most significant contribution to off-road motorsports sets him apart from
others in land-use: educating and mentoring the OHV community. His extensive background in leadership,
supervision, and management has allowed him to mentor many other land-use
advocates through Recreational Leadership Training courses and Volunteer Leader
and Land Stewardship classes. Del has
also mentored smaller groups, such as 4x4 clubs, as well as “Friends of” organizations that have modeled
themselves after the Friends of the Rubicon, which Del was a principal founder
of many years ago.
David Ashley has been engaged in off-road motorsports for
43 years. He has successfully raced
motorcycles, buggies, off-road trucks, and stadium vehicles. His career started as a young man, when he
won a gold medal for the United States (and his Yamaha sponsor), in the Six Day
Trials in Austria. At age 18, Dave was
involved in a tragic head-on collision that ended in a fatality. This accident inspired Dave to vow to make
off-road racing a safer sport. In his
pursuit of safety, he chaired the drivers’ safety meetings for many of his
races, as well as worked with race promoters to avoid hidden hazards. He also worked with many less experienced
drivers, sharing techniques to avoid problems.
Dave took his passion for safety to vehicle manufacturers and, for the
last 22 years, he has worked with the transmission, safety, engine, chassis
development, motorsports and special vehicle teams (SVT) of Ford Motor Company,
as a consultant in their testing, research, and development efforts. Dave’s current assignments include: test
driving for the Safety Rollover Airbag Sensor team, building the Raptor Race
Vehicle for international competition, and working for Roush, as the manager
for Ford Off-Road Track Safety.
Marty Fiolka’ s involvement in off-road motorsports
demonstrates a broad reach with his ability to intermix public relations,
marketing, journalism, broadcasting and other expertise into one effective
representation for the off-road industry.
Marty is well known for his ability to perform extensive research,
publishing his first book “1000 Miles to Glory”, and writing countless articles for Dirt Sports magazine. He was also the Associate Producer for the
movie Dust to Glory and now Executive Producer for the Baja Social Club. He has been instrumental in preserving the
history of the sport, in many areas like organizing a parade of historic race vehicles
from Tijuana to Ensenada as part of
the 40th Anniversary of the Baja 1000; helping to re-launch the legendary
Meyers Manx, and supporting Mr. Meyers to race his final race in 2014; and
growing the new NORRA vintage rally movement.
Marty continues to build an off-road motorsports legacy, with a number
of ongoing projects that will further document and celebrate the sport.
successful career as a designer and car builder proved that he had a unique and
comprehensive understanding of performance-from conception to completion- of not only vehicle development, but also the
planning and strategy needed to win races.
His work with shock absorbers in the 80’s was far ahead of its
time. He is best known for his
innovative use of air shocks with the Mazda program in MTEG (Mickey Thompson
Entertainment Group) and later with Rob MacCachren in SODA and CORR. Many of the concepts Nye created have now
been adopted by the industry, such as his approach to suspension tuning and the
relationship between springs and shocks to form a complete suspension. He also designed and built a Pro4 truck for
MacCachren with an unheard of and unconventional four corner air-shock system;
the team was so dominating that CORR outlawed the suspension, after MacCachren’
s team captured three consecutive Borg Warner trophies and several season
championships. Nye was drawn to off-road
racing because of the lack of overbearing rules that suffocate many forms of
traditional racing. He led the way in
new concepts in all aspects of the sport.
Bill Sanders was one of the original editors of Four
Wheeler Magazine; he lifted the sport from obscurity to the public recognition,
by faithfully covering nearly every off-road race of significance from Baja to
Las Vegas. When it came to the building
of the industry, Bill and Four Wheeler offered story after story on
manufacturers struggling to gain recognition.
He worked on the human interest aspect as well, by doing feature
articles on the drivers who engaged in the major races, and promoting many who
are now fellow ORMHOF Inductees. Besides being involved with the monthly
magazine, Sanders took time to become a real off-road racer. He was able to find help to build a Toyota
FJ, which he ran in the 1973 Mexican 1000 resulting in a Class 3 victory; it
was the first Toyota vehicle to win in the Baja. Bill helped to grow off-road motorsports into a sport
with worldwide recognition during the early years of off-road racing, and
provided a place for those who were also supporting the sport to showcase their
For further information on the
Induction Ceremony or ORMHOF, contact: Shelby Hall at [email protected]
|ORMHOF Honors 5 New Inductees
(Reno, NV Oct. 7, 2013) The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame
inducted 5 new well deserving off-road legends on Friday, October 4 in Pomona,
California. Reaching its highest
attendance yet, the sold out show consisting of almost 300 guests filled the
banquet room and helped in honoring the late Larry Bergquist, Bob Chandler,
Frank DeAngelo, Jerry Herbst and Bob “the Weatherman” Steinberger as the Class
Larry Bergquist was a prominent
figure in the motorcycle racing arena dating back to the first Mexican 1000 and
earning himself a reputation of dedication and success. His commitment to the sport sculpted him into
a winning racer, a founder in the Buzzard’s MC and one who selflessly ran
groups to help preserve the desert.
Bob Chandler is known to many as
the creator of the monster truck industry.
His most well-known creation:
Bigfoot #1. His many years of innovating
has led to safety technology and ultimately saving lives. Chandler’s team devotes many efforts to
support important causes like Make-A-Wish Foundation, children’s hospitals and
Frank DeAngelo is the first
person to be inducted into ORMHOF under the Special Achievement category. DeAngelo’s efforts in desert and short course
racing have lasted 33 years and counting. Beginning as a semi-truck driver for
BFGoodrich and working his way up as the executive director of motorsports
programs for Jackson Motorsports Group, Frank has left a positive mark on all
individuals and organizations he has helped along the way. His work with the BFGoodrich pit program has
set the standard for efficacy, organization and
safety against remarkable adversity.
Jerry Herbst is the founder and
backer of Herbst Motorsports. Beginning
this program for his sons, Jerry also found himself a niche. Jerry and his team have been a key component
to the development of the 37”, 39” and 42” BFGoodrich project tires. Herbst Motorsports has dominated the SCORE
and Best in the Desert race tracks with many class, overall and season
championship victories. Herbst helped in
providing assistance for off-road organizations to help keep them safe and
Bob “the Weatherman” Steinberger
found his passion within desert racing in 1972.
This passion stemmed from his frustration from the silence between race
vehicle and pit crew. Since then, the
Weatherman has been driving to the top
of the highest mountain for an entire race to ensure every racer has a
connection with their pit crew. He is
also the founder of P.C.I. Race Radios, a longtime member of C.O.R.V.A., a past
president for F.A.I.R., a race team owner, pit crew member and race retrieval
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of
Fame is a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and recognize those
individuals and organizations whose life long contribution to off-road
motorsports have set a standard for others to follow.
To find out how to nominate or
more information about ORMHOF, please visit www.ormhof.org or [email protected]
|ORMHOF Announces the Class of 2013
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Announces the 2013 Class of Inductees
Reno, Nev. (May 23, 2013) – The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) announced today the 2013 Class of Inductees. The late Larry Bergquist, Bob Chandler, Frank DeAngelo, Jerry Herbst and Bob “The Weatherman” Steinberger will have their names added to the venerable list of those who have committed their lives to the off-road community.
The five inductees’ extensive accomplishments cover a number of arenas in the sport including off-road racing, pioneers of the industry and for the first time: special achievement.
Their legacies will be celebrated and displayed for the public in Gallery Four within the famed National Automobile Museum – the Harrah Collection – located in Reno , Nev. They join names synonymous with the sport including Parnelli Jones, Malcolm Smith , Steve McQueen, James Garner, Walker Evans, Rod Hall as well as many others who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes making the sport prosper and grow.
The induction class was chosen by a sixteen member voting panel on the basis of significant contribution to off-road motorsports beyond wins and sport affiliation.
All nominees must have at least fifteen years of experience and involvement and have built, designed, driven, maintained, owned, prepared, piloted, promoted, ridden an off-road vehicle or supported the off-road industry. They are characterized by their desire to win, the mastery of their field and their courage to innovate. Each Inductee l has made a significant contribution to off-road motorsports in at least one of the following aspects: Business, History, Design, Engineering, Prestige of the Sport, and/or Growth of the Sport.
The Inductees will be honored Friday, October 4th in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo in Pomona, California. To find out more, please visit the website www.ormhof.org or email at [email protected]
Larry Bergquist, one of the winningest riders in AMA District 37’s history and founding members of the Buzzard’s Motorcycle Club, worked most of his career to selflessly promote and grow the sport he loved so much, off-road racing. The Buzzards MC would go on to become one of the most successful motorcycle clubs, organizing and promoting well over 25 Hare Scrambles and Hare & the Hounds, including several AMA sanctioned California State Championship Hare Scrambles. Larry enjoyed not only racing, but acting as an integral part of races the Buzzards organized. He served all duties, from registration to smoke bomb duty, danger marking to flagman. Larry led many clean up teams to insure the desert was just as clean after the race as it was before. Bergquist was in the legendary movie “On Any Sunday” and featured in “1968 Mexican 1000”, which was filmed for ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Larry was also inducted into the Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2013.
Bob Chandler is known to many as the creator of the entire monster truck industry. Chandler ’s single-most notable gift to the off-road world was his creation of Bigfoot #1, which is thought to be the world’s introduction to monster trucks. Bob’s contributions to the off-road community continued on when he helped develop one of the most important safety innovations, the Remote Ignition Interrupter, which is an industry standard today. His success extended beyond the track, as Chandler and his team were devoted to their fans and acted as bringers of goodwill to children’s hospitals, charity events, Make-A-Wish visits, and the like. His acts of kindness and devotion to making the sport a safer place for drivers and spectators makes Bob Chandler an honorable name to add to the Hall of Fame.
Frank DeAngelo is the first person to be inducted into ORMHOF under the Special Achievement category. Frank’s involvement of desert and short course racing has lasted 33 years and counting. Beginning as a truck driver providing tire service to race teams on site, Frank worked his way up the ladder to become one of the most trusted and respected names in the off-road industry. Frank quickly developed the insight to view what was good for the sport and its growth, becoming one of the industry’s strongest, longest advocates of off-road motorsports. DeAngelo helped many people and organizations pioneer their way through many years of success, leaving a positive and lasting mark on everyone in his path. Frank’s many years of experience in marketing, promoting, problem solving and advice giving has made him an irreplaceable component to the off-road world.
Jerry Herbst could simply be categorized by his achievements in terms of business, Las Vegas and the famous, gas-slinging caricature logo that represents his nickname “the best bad guy of the West”. Yet that is only a one-dimensional view of the impact Jerry has had on desert racing. As the founder, backer and head cheerleader of Herbst Motorsports, Jerry and his team have been a key component to the development and ultimate success of important innovations to the BFGoodrich Project tire and helped engineer new drive train technology that enabled the use of 37”, 39” and 42” tires. Along with pioneering the sport, Herbst Motorsports led by Jerry, has dominated the SCORE and Best in the Desert race tracks with 23 Class 1 event victories, 11 trophy truck event victories and 6 consecutive Class 1 championship victories, and this only names a few. Jerry’s legacy has continued with his three sons, all of whom share their father’s passion for surpassing the competition and doing whatever it takes to continue the growth of off-road racing.
Bob “the Weatherman” Steinberger is known as the voice of desert racing. Bob entered the off-road world in 1972, leaving his first race frustrated and concerned because there was no communication between the race car and pits. Bob suggested two way radios be put into the race car and pit; radio communication has been part of off-road racing ever since. The Weatherman drives to the top of the highest mountain and sits by himself for the entire race so every racer stays in contact with his team and checkpoint attendants and emergency crews are always kept up to date. He is always making sure no driver is left behind. Steinberger’s involvement with off-road motorsports has extended beyond the radio. He has been a long time member of C.O.R.V.A. and was president of F.A.I.R. (First Association of Independent Racers) for five years, a race team owner, pit crew member, racer and volunteers to do race car retrieval. It is clear the Weatherman has spent the last 40 years living his passion, making desert racing a safer sport.
Shelby Hall, Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame
775.815.4892 or [email protected]
|2013 Schedule of Events
The ORMHOF Road Crew will be attending several events this year. If you are attending these events, be sure to stop and see us!
CA4WDC Convention, Rancho Cordova: February 15-17
Tierra Del Sol,
Truckhaven Hills Area of Ocotillo Wells SVRA Park: March 1-3
Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, San Felipe: March 8-10
Reno Off-Road & Motorsports Expo, Reno, NV Convention Center: April 5-7
Virginia City Grand Prix Pre-Race Party: Virginia City, NV April 13
Virginia City Grand Prix, Virginia City, NV: April 27-28
$2 Date Night, National Automobile Museum, Reno, NV May 10
Silver State Powersports Day, Sparks, NV June 29
Jeepers Jamboree, Rubicon Springs: July 27
Sierra Trek, Truckee,
CA: August 8-11
Lucas Oil Off-Road
Racing Series, Wildwest Motorsports Park, Sparks, NV: August 23-25
|The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Announces the 2012 Class of Inductees
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Announces the 2012 Class of Inductees
24, 2012 (Reno, NV) – Today, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame
(ORMHOF) announced the 2012 Class of Inductees. The late Roy Denner,
Casey Folks and Larry Roeseler will have their names added to the
venerable list of those who have committed their lives to the off-road
three inductees’ extensive accomplishments cover a number of arenas in
the sport including advocacy, promotion and racing. Their legacies will
be celebrated and displayed for the public in Gallery Four within the
famed National Automobile Museum – the Harrah Collection – located in
Reno, NV. They join names synonymous with the sport including Parnelli
Jones, Malcolm Smith, Steve McQueen, James Garner, Walker Evans, Rod
Hall as well as many names who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes
making the sport prosper and grow.
induction process is difficult and respected with thirteen voting
members thoroughly scrutinizing each nominee on the basis of significant
contribution to off-road motorsports beyond wins and sport
affiliation. All nominees must have at least fifteen years experience
and involvement and have built, designed, driven, maintained, owned,
prepared, piloted, promoted, ridden or supported an off-road vehicle.
They are characterized by their desire to win, the mastery of their
field and their courage to innovate. Each Inductee within the Hall has
made a significant contribution to Off-Road Motorsports in at least one
of the following aspects: Business, History, Design, Engineering,
Prestige of the Sport, and/or Growth of the Sport.
The Inductees will be honored Friday, October 5th in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo in Pomona, California.
Roy Denner is
remembered by the off-road community as a true champion and leader. He
worked and lobbied tirelessly to preserve public lands for OHV access
until his passing in 2009. Denner founded the Off-Road Business
Association (ORBA), a nationwide, non-profit trade association dedicated
to this mission. Prior to starting ORBA, Roy became active in land-use
in the 90’s as a member of the San Diego Off-Road Coalition, where he
was the Director of Land Use. He also served as a member of the
California Desert District Advisory Council, as well as the Imperial
Sand Dunes Recreation Area Technical Review Team. For his hard work and
dedication, Denner was named the 1999 OHV Volunteer of the Year by the
California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. For many years
to come, off-roaders will benefit from his extensive dedication
fighting legal battles so countless others could recreate.
founder and Director of Best in The Desert Racing Association has worn
many hats in the sport of off-road racing including competitor, promoter
and businessman in both two-wheel and four-wheel racing. Folks is
noted for his tenacity and dedication to making races happen regardless
of the extreme web of challenges. His ability to work with land
management agencies, landowners and racers has allowed his organization
to build the stage for off-road racers to compete and excel and enable
the sport to not only survive, but grow. Folks is also known for
adopting new technologies to keep costs down for racers and developing
innovative rules often adopted by other sanctioning bodies. His event
portfolio as a promoter is extensive and includes the Nevada Rally,
Vegas to Reno, the Nevada 2000, Parker 250 and 425. Folks is the race
director for the resurging, legendary Mint 400.
Larry Roeseler is
synonymous with many aspects of off-road motorsports – motorcycles,
trucks, Baja and beyond. In a sport where winning the SCORE Baja 1000
twice makes a hero, Roeseler holds the record of 13 overall Baja 1000
victories. Ten of these victories came atop a motorcycle with his first
victory in 1976 and his most recent win in a Trophy Truck in 2008.
However, his success extends beyond Baja and even North America. He is a
ten-time International Six Day Enduro Gold Medalist and finished 12th
at the Dakar Rally in 2004. Despite unequaled success, Larry Roeseler
has always been humble and willing to share his knowledge with others.
He has conducted countless motorcycle riding clinics around the globe
and to this day continues to donate time and resources to help
orphanages in Baja. While Roeseler’s competitive resume and longevity
in the sport warrants serious consideration by the Off-Road Motorsports
Hall of Fame, his commitment to the sport and others elevates him to the
level of Inductee.
|Parnelli Jones Racing 1975 Chevy Championship Pick Up on Display at the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame
Vehicle driven by racing legends Parnelli Jones, Rick Mears and Walker Evans
December 7, 2011 (Reno, NV) - The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame welcomes the
latest vehicle to the collection – the winning Parnelli Jones Racing
1976 Chevy Off-Road Championship Class 8 Pick Up. Graciously donated by
Parnelli Jones, the truck is on display inside the famed National
Automobile Museum – The Harrah Collection.
The truck was specially built in 1975 by Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing with
support from Chevrolet Special Vehicles Division and driven by three
off-road legends including Rufus Parnell “Parnelli” Jones, Rick Mears
and Walker Evans. Both Jones and Mears are Indy 500 winners with Mears
decorated four times.
The well-known, recognizable truck won many races in 1975 and 1976
including the Parker 400, Baja 500, Mint 400 and Baja 1000. The truck
was so successful in Class 8, that it was moved into Class 2 Open where
it defeated the highly competitive two-seat race vehicles and was
crowned the SCORE Overall Class 2 Points Championship. Feature specs
include a high horsepower, small block Chevrolet engine, B&M turbo
400 automatic transmission, and aircraft quality materials and
|Ron Bishop and Rob MacCachren honored as the 2011 Class of Inductees
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame 2011 Induction Ceremony and silent
auction was a great success. Held in conjunction with The Lucas Oil
Off-Road Expo, both events took place at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel
& Conference Center in Pomona, California. Over $10,000 was raised
by auctioning off items such as a Mile Marker Winch, A Day in the Desert
with Rod Hall, entry into the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers race and
signed memorabilia including a vintage autographed Walker Evans helmet
and a collection of Rough Riders posters.
Over one hundred and fifty enthusiasts, friends and family came together to
create a close knit industry audience who celebrated the induction of
living legends Ron Bishop and Rob MacCachren. These men are
characterized by their desire to win, the mastery of their field and the
significant contributions made to the off-road industry. To learn more
about them, log onto ormhof.org.
The ceremony hosted the largest Inductee attendance to date including:
Rick Pewe (2010), Judy Smith (2008), Gil George (2007), Dick Landfield
(2007), Sal Fish (2006), Bob Ham (2006), Rod Hall (2005), Ed Waldheim
(2005), Walker Evans (2004) and Brian Chuchua (1978).
ORMHOF thanks Family Events, Jackson Marketing Group, BFGoodrich Tires, Sunoco
Racing Fuels and Rod Hall Events for graciously supporting the 2011
|1967 MEYERS MANX #10 ON EXHIBIT AT OFF-ROAD MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME
Richard Brown of Slidell, Louisiana has generously loaned his replica of the 1967 Meyers Manx #10 for display in the ORMHOF exhibit at the National Automobile Museum, (The Harrah Collection). Brown is an avid dune buggy historian and collector who thoroughly researched the construction of the original car. It is an authentic Meyers Manx recreated as an exact replica. Brown began this project in June of 2006 and completed it in September of 2007. Vic Wilson, Bruce Meyers, and Jim Chamberlain worked with him as technical advisors and recreated many of the specialized parts required for the build. With their help and expertise, Brown paid precise attention to historical detail in the fabrication of the vehicle.
The vehicle is an exact replica of the first place car at the inaugural Mexican 1000 Rally in 1967. Bruce Meyers of Meyers Manx designed the original vehicle for Vic Wilson, who built the original Manx with the assistance of Jim Chamberlain. Both Meyers and Wilson are 1978 Inductees into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Meyers found tremendous success in buggy design during the 1960s producing over 6,000 vehicles. The Manx utilized an existing Volkswagen frame, a practical and economical choice, with a fiber glass body Meyers created for the vehicle. Meyers knew the demands of driving in Baja very well and rigorously tested his vehicles there. On April 19, 1967 Meyers, in his Manx “Old Red”, along with co-driver Ted Mangels set the first four wheeled vehicle elapsed time record in their run down the Baja Peninsula from Tijuana to La Paz. That same spring the National Off-Road Racing Association, (NORRA), formed and made plans for the first official race down Baja, the Mexican 1000 Rally, held November 1, 1967. Meyers made certain that several Meyers Manx teams of took part in this first ever wheel to wheel off-road race from Tijuana to La Paz.
At this race Wilson drove his Meyers Manx #10 to an overall victory and record run in the elapsed time of 27 hours and 38 minutes with Mangels as his co-driver. In 1968 Wilson would go on to take the vehicle to win the Riverside Grand Prix and the Boulder, Colorado Jeepers Jamboree in the vehicle. Wilson sold the original vehicle and its current location is unknown.
If you have a vehicle of significant historic importance related to the development of off-road motorsports that you would be interested in putting on display in the Hall of Fame, please contact ORMHOF Executive Director, Bob Bower at [email protected], or Project Manager, Susan Medville at [email protected]
|OFF ROAD MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME NAMES BOB BOWER AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has appointed Bob Bower as Executive Director. Bob has worked with ORMHOF for the past five years as a volunteer serving on the Board of Directors as the Vice Chairman, and as the Master of Ceremonies at the Annual Induction Ceremony.
Bob has a deep knowledge of the off-road world. Experience gained from a background of racing with winning teams, to working with industry leaders and as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Off-Road Expo, makes him a perfect fit for the task. He has served as a gifted story teller for the sport providing commentary for ESPN, Speedvision, and ESPN2, and as the host of Four Wheeler TV.
As Executive Director Bob is responsible for the administration and growth of ORMHOF. He is currently working on the development of a membership base and fundraising programs.
|OFF-ROAD MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES THE 2007 CLASS OF INDUCTEES
Reno, NV – May 23, 2007: On Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, the voting committee for the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) gathered to consider 2007 nominations for inductees into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. ORMHOF is located in Gallery Four at the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) in Reno, Nevada. A group of 15 voting committee members consisting of previous inductees and representatives from the Four-Wheeling Community, Off-Road Racing Organizations, Rally Racing Sanctioning Groups, Motorcycle Manufacturing and Off-Road Aftermarket Industries met for the entire day and ultimately voted to induct eight (8) new members to ORMHOF’s Class of 2007.
This year’s inductee in the Pioneer: Advocate category, Edo Ansaloni grew up on his father’s farm, in northern Italy, where he learned about cars salvaging and converting military vehicles, for use as farm equipment during World War II. Born in Bologna in 1925, Edo quickly developed an appreciation of the 4X4 capabilities of the Jeep ‘MB’ and became a collector and off-road enthusiast in and around Bologna where he gathered a number of followers during the early years after the war. In 1969, Edo co-founded the “Club Nazionale Fouristrada” (national off road club), Italy’s first 4-wheeling club. In May of 1970 he won the first organized off-road race in Italy, on a modified motocross track in Monterenzio. In 1971 he won the first ‘International Trophy” and in the years to follow would participate in almost 100 Italian and European off-road championship events. Edo Ansaloni is a national treasure in Italy; an innovator, an organizer, a competitor known throughout his country for his dedication to the discovery and love of off-roading in Italy.
William A. (Bill) Bryan:
In the Recreation: Four Wheeling category, our next inductee to the ORMHOF class of 2007 is Bill Bryan, a pioneer in four wheeling and off-road racing dating back to the late 50’s. During that time, Bryan served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Indio Volunteer Fireman’s Club, a founding member club of the California Association of Four-Wheel Drive Clubs. In 1960, Bill formed the Al Jamal Four-Wheel Drive Club of Indio. Bill served as Chairman of 4WD events for 20 years and actively led the committee that organized the annual Indio Sidewinder Cruise, a popular trail ride through the desert. About the time Bill formed the Indio 4WD Club he became friends with mystery writer Earle Stanley Gardner. Together they traveled the deserts of California and Mexico, co-writing a number of articles about off-roading for magazines such as Popular Science and Ford Times. He was a founding member of the National Four-Wheel Drive Association, serving as a director for five years. Although the National Four-Wheel Drive Association would eventually fold, two of the founding members went on to establish the United Four-Wheel Drive Association, which has grown to become the largest group of 4WD enthusiasts in North America.
Gilmon (Gil) George:
This year’s inductee to the Pioneer: Industry category is Rialto, California resident, Gil George. In 1967, Gil George began fabricating tube framed buggy chassis for the fledgling sport of off-road racing. He called his company Funco, short for “Fun Company”. Over the course of the next 15 years, George’s Funco chassis was the dominant force in desert racing, winning the coveted title of SCORE Chassis Manufacturer of the Year five times. Along the way Funco introduced innovations for buggies such as long travel rear suspensions, the first independent rear suspension, the first disc brake systems and developed the “Char-Lynn’ power steering system for buggies. In the early 90’s Gil partnered with son Grant to create the “Big 5” Buggy, which is one of the best handling vehicles in the sand car market, today. A true family business, there are three generations of the George family in the shop every day working with Gil on what has become the entire family passion. For Gil, it has never been about the money. Whether he is in the shop welding, at home with a scratch pad designing a new steering box or chassis, or out playing in the dunes with the family, he is always thinking about how to make off-road machines faster, better or safer.
Richard (Dick) Landfield:
Our first inductee in this year’s Competition: Off-Road Racing category is Dick Landfield, whose wisdom and guidance has been instrumental in making the sport what it is today. A Ford dealer in Yorba Linda, California, Landfield began his off-road racing career driving a Ford Bronco with Irv Hanks in the 1968 NORRA Baja 500. He fell in love with the challenge of off-road racing and the following year, started Enduro Racing, which has been a major force in the desert for many years. In 1972 Landfield was one of the founding members of the “First Association of Independent Racers” (F.A.I.R.), the oldest and largest independent pit support team in off-road racing today. Landfield’s Enduro Racing competed in the Mickey Thompson Stadium Series for 10 years beginning in 1979 and in 1980 talked Thompson into starting the Annual SCORE Show on a bet. In 1986, Dick retired from driving and continued on as team owner, hiring Dave Ashley as Enduro Racing’s driver and team manager. In 1991, he developed the idea for the sport’s first multi-truck team, the Rough Riders, and convinced Ford Motor Company to sponsor and campaign the team, which included Enduro Racing, Simon & Simon Racing, Stroppe Racing, Spirit Racing, Swift Motorsports and Venable Racing, all top Ford teams. Over the course of forty years, Dick Landfield has used the knowledge and influence that he earned from business and racing to help drivers, teams, promoters, sponsors and organizations at every level, achieve their goals and promote the sport.
Walter B. Lott:
The second inductee in the Competition: Off-Road Racing category, Walt Lott, is one of the founding fathers of off-road racing. A man of great vision, perhaps his single, most important contribution was his dream and successful effort to extend off-road racing beyond the regional level and gain “greater national recognition and corporate involvement” through sponsorships and, ultimately, television coverage. In July of 1969 Walt joined with a group of friends and founded the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts (SNORE), a non-profit association of off-road racers who have organized races in the southern Nevada area for the past 38 years. Walt served as President of SNORE in 1973 and again an 1975 and also served as the chief race steward and eventually organizer for Del Webb’s Mint 400 Desert Race (1971-1988), which grew into the richest, largest and most successful off-road race in the country. In 1976 he founded the High Desert Racing Association (HDRA) and promoted a half dozen races each year around the southwest. In 1985, Walt joined with Sal Fish to combine the HDRA series (four events) and the SCORE International series (4 events) to create one major points series competing under one set of rules. The HDRA/SCORE Desert Series brought increased entries and sponsorships to both organizations and made it possible for Walt to realize hi dream.
The only 2007 Inductee in the Pioneer: Journalism Category, Sue Mead began her automotive career in 1988 as a free-lance evaluator for Four-Wheeler Magazine, on the first team that included women as test drivers. She immediately became hooked on four-wheeling and the places it took her. Over the next few years Mead developed relationships with all of the leading 4WD publications in the US and then began to work with the mainstream press writing columns, such as “Get off the Road”, a syndicated newspaper column, gaining a reputation as a woman who understood and could write about 4WD vehicles. Mead’s goals were not only to learn about and participate in 4WD events, but also to write about the fun and adventure of four-wheeling and inspire others to participate and to promote safe technical driving and responsible use of the backcountry. She also served a 3-year term on the board of directors of Tread Lightly! Mead has been a participant in four Camel Trophy events, the Baja 1000 six times, twice as a driver and competed with Darren Skilton in the 2000 Dakar Rally. She has written about her adventures and extreme four-wheeling for publications around the globe focusing considerable attention on the world of off-road motorsports. Today, Mead travels the world test-driving vehicles and working as a photojournalist/feature writer for more than 100 publications. She has been four wheeling in 36 countries during the past 19 years and has accumulated enough off-road miles to have circumnavigated the world in the dirt. It has become her professional and personal passion.
The third Inductee in the Competition: Off-Road Racing Category, is Mickey Thompson a man who needs no introduction for his accomplishments in off-road racing. He made a major impact as a car builder, designer, innovator, driver and race organizer. He founded SCORE International in 1973 and the Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group (MTEG) in 1979. From his fist day in the “dirt” he fell in love with the sport and his presence in racing, no doubt because of his fame in other forms of racing, made an impact. He was full of ideas and a master at selling his ideas to others, in large part because of the enthusiasm and energy he brought with him. To this day his developments in tire, shock and suspension design are still visible in the sport of off-road racing. Certainly his achievements in the organization and rulebooks of the sanctioning bodies are still evident. However, probably his most important impact on the sport and the people in it, was his ability to sell the concept. Whether it was to sponsors, racers, spectators or television executives, Mickey was a master salesman. What he achieved for the sport from the early days of bouncing through Baja with nearly no sponsorship and no notice from the rest of the world was to build a lucrative industry with many success stories, millions of fans and many more millions of dollars invested by sponsors to market their products to the many enthusiasts that have been introduced to the sport…in large part through the efforts of Mickey Thompson.
Frank “Scoop” Vessels:
Our final inductee for 2007 and the fourth Inductee in the Competition: Off-Road Racing Category, Frank Vessels, enjoyed a successful career in off-road racing that spanned three decades and included 30 major race victories and four Points Championships. In 1972 Scoop was SCORE’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ and was honored as SCORE’s ‘Offroadsman of the Year’ in 1978. However, driving was just a part of Vessel’s many contributions to the sport. He always worked to help the sport develop a broader audience and to grow into the public mainstream. His 1980 SCORE Baja 1000 win, which was featured on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, was a part of that effort. Through his involvement with the “American Thunder” program, Scoop brought his long-time relationship with BFGoodrich into an alliance with Chevrolet and Mobile Oil. Not only did the resulting media machine represent his program on and off the track but it’s success motivated other companies and drivers to model their off-road racing programs in similar fashion. Scoop is one of the true pioneers who helped take the sport from it’s infancy into the modern era of corporate support and wide audience recognition.
The 2007 ORMHOF Induction ceremony will be held at the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, located in Gallery Four of the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) in Reno, Nevada on Saturday, August 25. For more information about ORMHOF visit www.ormhof.org.
For Information Contact:
George R. Thompson
ORMHOF Board Secretary
|The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Inducts Five New Members
August 26, 2006
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inducts five new members at the National Automobile Museum, (The Harrah Collection), located in Reno, Nevada, at its annual induction ceremony. Over 250 members of the off-road community including friends, family, and press, attended the ceremony to honor the inductees, all who have helped shape the history of off-roading. The nominations, which were submitted through a variety of groups, associations, sanctioning bodies, and event promoters from off-road motorsports throughout the U.S.. They were reviewed by a voting committee, which included, members from off-road racing, four-wheeling, rally and sand sports.
The five new inductees into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame for 2006 are: Clark Collins, Sal Fish, Bob Ham, Macey L. “Corky” McMillin, and Ivan “The Ironman” Stewart. These fvie men joined the 34 previous inductees in an elite group of individuals who have shaped the history of off-roading be it through racing, land use advocacy, promotion, or innovation over the past 30 years.
The celebration began with a casual party sponsored by BFGoodrich to celebrate the arrival of Scoop Vessels' legendary F-150 Class 8 Desert Racing Ford. The truck, meticulously restored, is on loan and on display at the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. Attendees enjoyed viewing the vehicle as well as the other significant vehicles on display such as the McMillin MID-1 and the Hall Hummer which competed in the Paris Dakar Rally. The group also got a sneak peak at ORMHOF’s new Inductee Wall, featuring the photographs of each of the inductees and a computerized kiosk where a full biography of each individual could be accessed.
The celebration continued as invitees to the Induction Ceremony began arriving in their black tie attire. Past inductees present included Brian Chuchua, Walker Evans, Rod Hall, Mark Smith, Ed Waldheim and Vic Wilson. Master of Ceremony and ORMHOF Vice Chair, Bob Bower started the ceremony by warmly welcoming the crowd and bringing them up to date on the progress of the Hall of Fame. Todd Steen of BFGoodrich spoke about the importance of the Hall of Fame to the off-road community. Mr. Bower introduced a special presenter for each of the inductees who spoke about their contributions. Each speech was followed by a moving short film about the individual. Each inductee present received a commemorative bottle of wine labeled specifically for the occasion. Mr. Collins could not be present due to previous commitments. Mr. McMillin’s sons Mark and Scott McMillin accepted the award in their father’s memory. The McMillins came out in force with almost their entire racing family present, a true demonstration of the strong bonds within the off-road community. One very special commemorative bottle of wine was signed by all of the inductees present and auctioned off at the end of the evening, with the proceeds being directed to future improvements to the Hall of Fame’s exhibits.
|OFF-ROAD MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES THE 2006 CLASS OF INDUCTEES
Reno, NV - May 19, 2006: On Monday, April 16th, 2006, the voting committee for the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame gathered to consider 2006 nominations for inductees into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF). A group of 17 voting committee members consisting of previous inductees and representatives from the Four-Wheeling Community, Off-Road Racing Organizations, Rally Racing Sanctioning Groups, Motorcycle Manufacturing and Off-Road Aftermarket Industries met for the entire day and ultimately voted to induct five (5) new members to ORMHOF's Class of 2006.
One of two inductees in the Pioneer: Advocate category, Pocatello, Idaho's Clark Collins was an avid trail rider, joining the Idaho Trail Machine Association (ITMA) in the early eighties. In 1986 Clark was honored as the ITMA's 'Trailbike Rider of the Year' and served as that groups president several times.
It was in this capacity that Clark met with Idaho Governor, John Evans, to enlist his assistance in opposing the increasing closure of public lands to off-highway users. Evans told Clark that he and his friends were "politically insignificant". Although the comment took Clark by surprise, it made him realize that the off-road community had to do something to become more politically active. In 1987 Clark co-founded the Blue Ribbon Coalition and served as the BRC's Executive Director from 1988 until his retirement in January of 2006. During that time the BRC has grown to include over 1100 member organizations and businesses nationwide representing approximately 600,000 off-roaders. The group successfully opposed Governor Evan's campaign for Senator in 1988 and has been instrumental in supporting important legislation to keep off-highway areas accessible to OHV use.
In the Competition: Off-Road Racing category, our next inductee to the ORMHOF class of 2006 is Sal Fish, President and CEO of SCORE International. After a stint in the family automotive business, Fish took a job selling advertising at Petersen Publishing Company in 1966. In the space of a few years, he worked his way into an executive role at Petersen and in 1974, shortly after the late Mickey Thompson founded SCORE International, Thompson brought Fish on board to take over the operations of the new sanctioning body. Fish brought innovation to SCORE, organizing class rules, implementing safety procedures, and transforming the 'Baja 1000' into one of the most recognized motorsports events in the world today. In 1985 Fish brought unity to the sport when SCORE formed a combined series with Walt Lott and High Desert Racing Association (HDRA). Fish later teamed up with CFO, Ted Johnson to purchase SCORE International from Thompson in 1986 and HDRA in 1993. There is little doubt that Sal Fish is the architect of off-road racing as we know it today.
Our second inductee to the Pioneer: Advocate category is San Felipe, Mexico resident, Bob Ham. A lobbyist and off-roader, Ham has served virtually every segment of the sport for years with uncommon effectiveness. Passing the time with Ham on the Malecon, in San Felipe, enjoying a glass of Chablis and a fine cigar, it's easy to forget how much this man has accomplished over the years. Ham was the cofounder of the California Off-Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) in 1969 and in 1983 created the Off Road Vehicle Legislative Coalition that united all California off-road organizations into a single lobbying effort. Ham worked with Interior Secretary, James Watt's staff to successfully re-establish the Barstow to Vegas motorcycle race and has finished the 'Baja 1000' on three separate occasions as a Driver of Record. Ham has worked as a lobbyist for the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), The Specialty Vehicle Industry Council (SVIA) and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation among many others. He created the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission through a bill that he wrote in 1982. He changed the OHV Special fund to a "Trust Fund" in 1993 which put a stop to the legislature misappropriating money from OHV funds to balance state budgets. Later he contacted an attorney to force the state to return funds previously taken from the OHV fund which resulted in the return of 30 million dollars to the OHV program. The next time you fire up that race car, motorcycle, ATV, RV or 4WD, remember that Bob Ham is one of those special people whose life-long efforts have made it possible for you to enjoy our wilderness areas.
Macey L. "Corky" McMillin:
The second inductee in the Competition: Off-Road Racing category is Macey L. "Corky" McMillin known simply as "Corky". Corky moved from Missouri to Chula Vista when he was 14 and started a small construction company in Bonita, California in 1960, with his wife, Vonnie looking after the accounting duties. While McMillin was busy building houses, he loved taking his family to the Imperial Sand Dunes on the weekends. As sons Mark and Scott got older, McMillin decided that they would try their hand at off-road racing. His first venture into a competitive event came at the 1976 'Baja 1000' with his son, Mark. Although the father-son team did not finish that first race, Corky kept after it and his first win came in the 1979 'Baja 1000'. McMillin went on to win many more races including the 'Baja 500', 'Baja 1000', 'Parker 400', 'San Felipe 250 and 'Fireworks 250', most of them multiple times.
Over the years McMillin won three SCORE Points Championships and on two occasions won overall titles at both the 'San Felipe 250' and the 'Baja 500'. As the McMillin Companies continued to prosper, Corky expanded into different markets, eventually becoming one of the largest private developers in the country. Always a firm believer in the importance of supporting off-road racing, The McMillin Companies have been event sponsors at Best in the Desert and SCORE races, earning SCORE's Entry Sponsor of the Year award in 2005. Since 2001 The McMillin Companies have also been title sponsor of the Superstition Series, a local series of off-road races held in Plaster City, East of San Diego.
Corky McMillin once said, "The best thing we have isn't our money in the bank, it's our reputation." He was the elder statesman of off-road racing. Corky passed away from heart failure on September 22, 2005 at the age of 76. His passing leaves a void in the heart of off-road motorsports which cannot be filled. We are honored to induct him into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame!
Ivan "Ironman" Stewart:
The third inductee in the Competition: Off-Road Racing category, Ivan "Ironman" Stewart is a legend in off-road racing. Stewart has won 82 major desert and short-course races and ten Points Championships. He has won the 'Baja 500' a record 17 times, the 'Mint 400 eight times, the 'Parker 400' four times, three 'Baja 1000's and four SCORE World Championships.
Stewart's career began in 1973 at the Ensenada 300. He was scheduled to co-drive in a Class 2 buggy with Bill Hrynko, but Hrynko suffered a broken leg prior to the event. Mechanic Earl Stah took the second seat and Stewart drove the entire race to victory. In the next ten years, the Ironman went on to win 26 races in buggies and trucks and was voted SCORE's Driver of the Year four different times. In 1983 Stewart was tapped by Cal Wells at Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI) to drive Toyota factory sponsored trucks in the Desert and Stadium events. Stewart and several other teammates played an important role in Toyota's dominance during the 12 year history of the Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group (MTEG) stadium series. Along with Stewart's three Driver's Championships, the Ironman also holds the record for all-time MTEG wins with 17.
In addition to his on-track career, Stewart is the founder of the Protruck Racing Organization (PRO). A "spec" racing series with identical chassis, the Protrucks race as a special class at various events, including the Best in the Desert Racing Association, the SCORE series and Pike's Peak. To date Protruck has built 45 trucks in it's ten year history.
The 2006 ORMHOF Induction ceremony is scheduled to be held at the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, located in Gallery Four of the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) in Reno, Nevada on Saturday, August 26.
For Information Contact:
George R. Thompson ORMHOF Board Secretary [email protected]
|McMillin Class 1 Vehicle on Display
Come See the McMillin Class 1 Vehicle on Display at Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame!
The family of Corky McMillin recently loaned a Class 1 MID Desert Race Vehicle to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. The vehicle and a display case housing McMillin’s racing suit, helmet, and trophies can be viewed at the Hall of Fame. Also on display is an action packed commemorative video featuring McMillin family racing through the deserts of the Southwest and Baja California, Mexico.
McMillin had been considered one of the elder statesmen of off-road racing. He found great success and personal satisfaction racing off-road in the unlimited class. The vehicle on display demonstrates the high level of innovation necessary to compete in the division.
The 2003 McMillin MID 1 on display is the second of two built in this design by Chenowth Racing Products for the McMillin family. They built the original vehicle in 1990 utilizing concept drawings of a mid-engine Porsche. The original vehicle was one of the first of its era to run a mid-engine. In the late 1990s the vehicle underwent modifications including a chassis reconfiguration and the addition of a Ford V-6 engine. McMillin raced the original vehicle from 1990 until 2002. In 2002 McMillin destroyed the vehicle in a crash during the Baja 1000. The loss of that great race car generated the creation of a new race car. One that would advance the state of the art. That race car is the MID 1 on display. Building the new MID 1 gave the opportunity for additional modifications such as the installation of taller tires to utilize an advanced A-Arm suspension, the use of a Chevy Rancho Drivetrain, and the installation of the sophisticated MID 1 Racing Transaxle. The transaxle provided the vehicle with the ability to put more power to the ground and met the demands of the hostile environment experienced in off-road racing. The new technology worked very well and the vehicle completed the 2003 racing season with flying colors.
January 20, 2006
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) is in the process of updating and improving its exhibit located at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV. The organization has recently hired Susan Medville as its Project Manager. Medville is experienced in Museum Development and as a Curator. She will be overseeing the modifications to the current exhibit. To differentiate the Hall of Fame from the rest of the items on display in the exhibit hall new signage announcing the visitors’ entry into the Hall of Fame will be hung. A new exhibit will be installed featuring portraits of each of the inductees. Improvements will include new informational signage for each of the vehicles on display. The Hall of Fame is also working towards the development of an interactive portion of its exhibit where the public can learn more about each of the inductees and follow a time line of the sport. Within the next six months the Hall of Fame plans to have an updated web site where visitors can visit a virtual ORMHOF online and gain access to information about each of the inductees.
To learn more about ORMHOF’s upcoming plans please contact:
Bob Bower- Vice Chairman 949.859.9126
Rod Hall – Chairman 775.742.1503
|OFF-ROAD MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTS SIX NEW MEMBERS IN RENO
RENO, NV (July 7, 2005) – The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame located in Reno, Nevada recently inducted six new members from the sport of off-road motorsports at its annual induction ceremony at the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) in Reno on Saturday, June 25, 2005. The nominations, which were submitted through a variety of groups, associations, sanctioning bodies, and event promoters from the off-road community throughout the U.S., were reviewed by a voting committee, which included members from off-road racing, four-wheeling, rally and sand sports. The six new inductees into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame for 2005 include:
Rodney A. Hall of Reno, Nevada: Off-Road Racing.
In a sport where a few major event wins can define a successful racing career, no one even comes close to Rod Hall. Ten-time winner of the Mint 400, ten-time winner of the Parker 400, twelve-time winner of the Fireworks 250, twelve-time winner of the Baja 500 and the only 17-time winner of the internationally recognized Baja 1000. Over the course of his racing career, Hall has won 14 major class points championships in production 4-Wheel Drive vehicles. In 1969, Hall was hired as a driver for Bill Stroppe. After winning numerous races for Stroppe and Ford, Hall switched to Dodge in 1975 when Stroppe entered into an agreement to manage their off-road program. The team had moderate success in the production 4WD Dodge during the first year, but in 1977, Hall, along with his long-time friend and co-rider, Jim Fricker began a winning streak that lasted into the next decade driving the Class 4 Dodge to an unbroken string of 37 consecutive SCORE and HDRA victories, a record that remains in tact to this day. With more than 160 major off-roading racing victories, spanning five decades, across four continents, Rod Hall is the most successful driver in off-road racing history.
Scott McKenzie of Agua Dulce, Calif: Industry Pioneer.
Among many things, Scott McKenzie was one of the finest fabricators, team owners and innovators in off-road and sand drag racing history. Driving Sandmaster vehicles which he designed and fabricated, he won 108 sand drag hill climbs during the 60’s before retiring as a driver and turning his attention to the design and construction of successful racecars. Some of McKenzie’s early innovations were the first rear engined VW powered sand buggy, the first single seat buggy and the first use of turning brakes on a buggy. He built his own engines, as well as producing the first large displacement VW motors for performance use in the early 60’s. The evolution from sand racing to desert racing was a natural one and off-road racing is where McKenzie set a standard for others to follow. With the cars he designed and built, first with his Sandmaster brand and later, as McKenzie Automotive, his drivers dominated the sport. Five Mint 400 overall wins in a row and nine Baja 1000 overall wins are just some of his many racing victories. The cars that McKenzie produced all had one thing that set them apart: reliability. Having a good car is only part of the combination and Scott had some of the best drivers on his teams to back up his technical work. Bobby Ferro, Rick James, Gene Hirst, Johnny Johnson, Rick and Roger Mears, Ivan Stewart, Malcolm Smith, Bud Feldkamp and even Parnelli Jones drove Scott’s cars to numerous victories.
Akton (Ak) Miller of Whittier, Calif.: Off-Road Racing.
Ak Miller is a legend among racers. Ak’s accomplished about everything a racer wants to do. He has set records on the dry lakes, Bonneville Salt Flats, Pikes Peak Hill Climb and road races in Italy and Mexico. He was a member of the Roadrunners, one of the original car clubs that absorbed the remnants of the Muroc Timing Association and formed it into the fabled SCTA (Southern California Timing Association). He was elected president of the SCTA and served as Vice President of the newly formed NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) with close friend and fellow Roadrunner, Wally Parks. When turbocharging was ready for mass production, Ak was pioneering its attributes. An early pioneer, innovator and proponent of propane fuel, he held patents on turbocharging designs and propane carburetion. He built several trucks which he entered in the NORRA Mexican 1000 during 1967-1969, winning his class in 1967 in a 2-WD Ford Ranchero. He also designed and built hot rod sports cars that dominated Pikes Peak during the 60’s, winning the storied hill climb nine times with Ray Brock as his crew member.
Larry Minor of San Jacinto, Calif.: Sand Sports.
As a member of the Hemet Jeep Club since 1961, Larry Minor became interested in competitive San Drag racing and in 1963 he won the Butter Cup Meet driving a Chevy 409 powered Jeep. In the year that followed, Minor won numerous top eliminator titles at Pismo Dunes; Bakersfield; Fallon, Nevada; Glamis Dunes and San Jacinto, Calif. In 1965, the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, which made the rules for four-wheel racing, introduced a new set of rules that restricted engine sizes. Working with Harry Buchert, a CA4WDC board member, Minor succeeded in gaining approval for an unlimited 4WD class and in 1966 he built the first fiberglass four-wheel drive competition Jeep. Named “Flower Power,” the new Jeep was powered by a 350 cubic inch small block Chevy powerplant with a 6-71 blower to help it breath. Using a nitro methane fuel mixture for the first time in 4WD competition, Minor went on to win numerous competition events with this famous Jeep. He had Sand Drag legend, Herman Bouy, build rear engined dragster and funny car frames and using top fuel 500 cubic inch aluminum Hemis in the sand diggers, dominated unlimited sand racing well into the 1970’s. In 1967 Minor teamed with Rod Hall to win the first NORRA Mexican 1000. This remains the only 4WD vehicle to ever win the race, overall.
Roy Spuhler of Georgetown, Calif.: Recreational Four-Wheeling.
Roy Spuhler’s involvement with off-roading began in 1959 with the purchase of his first beach buggy. This began a period of almost weekly trips out to the Oso Flaco Dunes on the central California coast with his family. In 1963, he bought his first Jeep, a CJ2-A and in the spring of 1964 he became one of the founding members of the Santa Maria 4-Wheelers. In 1964, Spuhler bought a blue Jeep CJ-6 that became his trademark for many years. Following a fatal crash in the dunes in the early 60’s, Spuhler spearheaded the efforts to form the Sand Dunes Safety Committee. In addition to organizing a program whereby all vehicles would be required to have a flag so a vehicle could be seen coming over a hill, he also spend weekends marking and flagging routes in the dunes so that off-road enthusiasts would not get lost. With so many people using the dunes in the late 60’s and on into the 70’s, Spuhler began hauling port-a-poties out to the dunes for the events and then he hauled them out afterwards. The crowds at the dunes continued to swell and Spuhler began spending days and nights attending meetings to help develop guidelines for the proper usage of the dunes and determining just how the local Pismo State Park was going to manage the dunes. Spuhler joined the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs when the Santa Maria 4-Wheelers club was created in 1964 and worked on many events and committees until his age simply would not permit him to keep going.
Edward Waldheim of California City, Calif.: Pioneer Advocate.
Waldheim has been riding and racing motorcycles since the early 70’s. He formed the Clean Sweep Racing Team in 1976 and was the 1977 Desert Open Senior champion. He won over 30 trophies racing with D.R.A., C.R.C., and AMA District 37. He has raced the Check Chase, The California City Gran Prix, and at Adelanto, Riverside and other events. He is a former member of the California Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission and because of his vast background on OHV issues, he was recently appointed to the Commission again. In this recent difficult time, he has forged working relationships with all commissioners and is working to return the commission to a position of advocacy. Waldheim attends more than 200 meetings each year and has a close working relationship with land management teams for the BLM and the National Forests in California. Virtually all of his activist activities are funded out of his own pocket. Waldheim has been president of the California Off Road Vehicle Association since 1992, during which time membership has tripled and the association has maintained a leading position in the advocacy and education about off-roading sport.
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame is located in Reno, Nevada in Gallery. 4 at the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection). ORMHOF has 33 members; 16 inducted in 1976, five more in 1980, six more in 2004, and these additional six inductees in 2005.
|OFF-ROAD MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES EXPANSION PLANS AT NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM IN RENO
RENO, NV (Nov. 10, 2004) – To further preserve and showcase the rich and exciting history of off-roading at both the recreational and competitive levels, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame has announced plans to create a completely new interactive exhibit at the National Automobile Museum, (the Harrah Collection), in Reno, NV according to off-road legend Rod Hall, chairman of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.
The Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) has been established to recognize and honor those individuals and organizations whose lifelong contribution to off-road motorsports has set a standard for others to follow. The scope of view includes a variety of racing venues, design and manufacturing arenas, grassroots clubs, state associations and national organizations.
“Currently, our vision for ORMHOF has developed into a reality,” said Hall, “clearly the tremendous interest in off-roading throughout the United States is testament to the health and vitality of every level of Off-Road Motorsport. We feel confident that manufacturers, businesses, associations, clubs and individuals will find merit in joining us in our next step in building an exhibit that honors the heritage and communicates the excitement of the off-road experience.”
The ORMHOF is proud to be an integral part of the famed National Automobile Museum, which includes the William F. Harrah collection of historic vehicles. It ranks in the top ten auto museums by Car Collector magazine. It is populated with over 220 cars, ranging from 1892 to present, all are authenticated and many are rare or one-of-a-kind vehicles. More than 100,000 visitors enjoy the legendary museum each year. The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in Gallery 4 currently has 3,000 square feet, with the opportunity to expand to 15,000 square feet.
The new exhibit design concept calls for dramatically suspended vehicles, vehicles in various terrains including washes and granite boulders, an interactive theater, a racing mural, and a family camping setting. The projected cost of the new exhibit configuration would be approximately $1 million dollars.
Hall explained that off-road items and vehicles may be loaned to the museum. He said items of historical significance in a number of categories are needed now to assist with the development of new exhibits for the current facility and to facilitate the development of the many exhibits planned for the future.
Since 1974, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame has inducted 27 legends including Parnelli Jones, Steve McQueen, James Garner, Don Francisco and Walker Evans. Hall said the board of directors has again called for nominations of candidates for induction at the annual induction ceremony set to be held in June 2005. Nomination procedures, criteria and applications can be found at www.ormhof.com.
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, a non-profit 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) organization, provides a platform for sponsors to expand their recognition throughout the diverse world of off-road motorsports. Based on sponsor’s monetary commitment and strategic goals, sponsorships may include onsite placements, media placements, collateral placements and additional opportunities.
|OFF-ROAD MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2004 INDUCTEES
On April 27th, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) voting committee assembled for the first time in 28 years to review nominees for 2004 induction into ORMHOF. The nominations, which were submitted through a variety of groups, associations, sanctioning bodies, and event promoters from the off-road community throughout the US, were reviewed by a voting committee which included members from Off-Road Racing, 4-Wheeling, Rally and Sand Sports. There were six individuals inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame for 2004 and they are:
Herman H. Booy:
Sand Sports. Known throughout Sand Sports as the "Abominable Sandman", Herman has been instrumental in every aspect of Sand Sports as a builder, driver, promotor and innovator since the early sixties. A long-time resident of San Jacinto, Cailf., Herman has worked as a builder and mechanic for Roger Mears and Larry Minor, among others. He developed paddle tires for use in sand racing, built a long list of winning sand buggies and Jeeps and worked with sanctioning bodies to standardize the rules for Sand Drag racing. Herman also drove hilllclimbs and sand drags and is named in the Guiness Book of World Records as the top speed record holder on sand over a 100 yard distance.
Carla Boucher: 4-Wheeling. Carla is a the president of Tidewater Four-wheelers, a FWD club based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Although Carla has been actively involved in local club activity since driving her first fourwheel drive vehicle in 1981, it is her many accomplishments as a land-use attorney for the United Four Wheel Drive Associations that brought her to the attention of the voting committee. While the list of Carla's contributions to OHV access and recreational use is too lengthy to detail in a press release, it is safe to say that if you use public lands for just about any purpose, she has had a hand in protecting your right to access those lands. Carla has done much of this work pro bono having donated thousands of hours of her time to the United Four Wheel Drive Associations and the OHV community at large.
John Buffum: Pro Rally. A legend in professional Rally Racing, John Buffum is the most successful Pro Rally driver in history with 117 National Event Wins and 11 SCCA Series Championships including an undefeated season in 1987. Buffum is also the only American Rally driver to ever win a European Championship event winning the 1983 Sachs Rally in Germany and followed that up by winning the Cyprus Rally in 1984. After retiring as a full time driver in 1988, his Colchester, Vermont based Libra Racing continues winning championships, taking the SCCA PRO Rally series seven times in Buffum-prepared and managed Audi Quattro S-2, Hyundai Elantra, and Hyundai Tiburon vehicles with Paul Choiniere at the wheel.
Jean Calvin: Journalist. Jean Calvin passed away in 1997 from complications surrounding injuries she received while racing in the 1989 Baja 500. She was a fierce competitor and entered her first off-road race at the 1969 Mint 400. Jean also was a regular entry in the Western Rally series, SCCA Pro-Rally and spent 20 years racing in SCORE, HDRA and SNORE races, in buggies. In the 70’s Jean was an associate editor with Peterson’s Sports Car Graphic Magazine, freelanced for Hot VW’s Mag. and put out SCORE News for the members of SCORE International for some years. In 1983, Jean put out the first issue of Dusty Times, a monthly publication which covered offroad racing around the country and rally racing around the world. In no time, Dusty Times became the bible of offroad racing and every racer would seek her out after the race to let her know how they did. There was no one quite like Jean. She loved off-road motorsports and the people in it. From the time she suffered the accident in 1989 until her death in 1997, she went through a tremendous amount of pain and suffering personally, but the Dusty Times always met the deadline. We honor Jean Calvin not only for her many accomplishments but for her courage and her spirit.
Edward W. Dunkley: Four Wheeling. As a member of the California Association of Four-Wheel Drive Clubs for 41 years, Ed Dunkley helped mold the CA4WDC into the organization that it is today. He was a major influence in the formation of the CA4WDC Conservation & Education Foundation. Ed started the Sacramento Jeepers in 1958, the Hi Rock Trekkers in the early 80’s and several other clubs, all active in event management and land use issues to this day. Ed was the founder of numerous successful events including the CA4WDC, Sierra Trek, the Lassen-Applegate Wagon Historic Trail 4WD Tour, and the Winter Fun Fest, an event which draws well over 600 participants every year. He attended all of the Government Land Use meetings where he spoke up for 4-wheelers everywhere. It is because of dedicated people like Ed Dunkley that we still have trails open today. Ed past away in 2001.
Walker Evans: Off-Road Racing. Known to off-road racing fans as "the Legend", Walker Evans career spans 35 years and there is little doubt that he has been one of the most exciting and successful drivers in off-road racing. Winner of 144 victories and 21 championships in Desert and Closed Course events, Walker won the Baja 1000 five times and was the first driver to ever win the event overall in a truck. Walker began his off-road racing career in 1969 driving for James Garner’s AMC Team in a Rambler sedan. After finishing third he "got serious about off-road racing”, began building off-road trucks in his Riverside, California shop and started winning races. In addition to his phenomenal success in the desert, Walker achieved considerable success in the now defunct, Mickey Thompson Stadium Series (MTEG) and took 31 class wins and two championships in the Midwestern short course SODA Series from 1986 to 1997. In his last two years in off-road racing, Walker added 5 wins in the Championship Off-Road Racing Series to his already illustrious career and capped it off with the COOR Pro-4 Championship in 1999. Although Evans retired from off-road racing in 2000, he continues to win in Rock Crawling events, which he enters on occasion.
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame is located in Reno, in building four at the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection). ORMHOF has 21 original members, 16 inducted in 1976 and Five more in 1980. On June 26, 2004 there will be an Induction Ceremony at the National Auto Museum, in Reno, to honor this year's six new inductees, bringing the total number of ORMHOF members to 27.-grt-