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Off Road Motorsports Hall Of Fame Class of 2016

ORMHOF

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ORMHOF would like to congratulate and welcome our newest Inductees!


Reno, Nevada (July 11, 2016) – The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) is proud to announce the Class of 2016. Twenty members of the off-road community met to evaluate a record number of nominations and have selected the following individuals to be inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame for 2016: Land use advocate Don Amador, racing pioneer Bud Feldkamp, Trackside Photo’s Jim Ober, five time Baja 1000 winner Larry Ragland and racing team innovator Tracy Valenta.

Don Amador (land use advocate) Don currently serves as the Western Representative for the Blue Ribbon Coalition and is owner of Quiet Warrior Racing, a recreation consulting company. Don has designed political and legislative strategies on both the state and national level to combat unnecessary restrictions on off-road sports.

He has ridden thousands of miles of roads and trails to better understand the needs of enthusiasts who love motorsports. His mastery of the administrative, legislative and political processes that make this country run is unmatched in the off-road world. Don attends countless meetings, writes official comment letters on hundreds of issues every year, blogs nearly daily on off-road issues and updates, and sets a standard for other land use activists to follow.

Bud Feldkamp (racing pioneer) To a whole generation of off-road racers, the combination of Dr. Bud Feldkamp and Malcolm Smith represented the pinnacle of the sport in the late 1970’s. In his blue and white Funco SS II (aka The Belray Bullet), Bud Feldkamp not only posted overall wins in two Baja 1000’s, three Baja 500’s and two Mint 400’s, but he also earned two consecutive desert championships, along with two Bilstein Madonna awards.

Since motorcycles were Bud’s first passion and ultimately what brought him to desert racing, it is fitting that he has taken that passion to Glen Helen Raceway where, as president, he has created a world class off-road venue, hosting such events as the AMA U.S. Motocross Nationals, FIM U.S. Grand Prix of Motocross and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

Jim Ober (Trackside Photo) Trackside Photo pioneered off-road photo journalism, and is where dozens of photographers got their start in the industry. Trackside Photo photographers not only captured great images, they were also taught how to shoot safely and to respect the land. There was a time when photography was something only a few could do, and Trackside Photo was exceptional at capturing dynamic action shots of off-road racing in both the U.S. and Baja.

In the early days of off- road, the only coverage of the sport was in newspapers and magazines. Photos were rare, good ones even more rare. Trackside Photo was awarded SCORE Photographer of the Year a remarkable 17 times. Without Trackside Photo’s photographic record documenting 40 years of off-road, much of the history of the sport would be lost forever.

Larry Ragland (five time Baja 1000 winner) It would be hard to tell the history of off-road without Larry Ragland. Larry stepped off a dirt bike and into a Class 1 unlimited off-road FUNCO built rig, racing into an off-road career that has spanned four decades. Larry and teammate Jim Halford won the 1981 Parker 400 overall, followed up by wins at the Baja 500 and Mexicali 300.

Larry started his own team in 1982, winning the SCORE championship for Class 1 in both 1983 and 1984. In 1987 Larry moved to the Chevrolet team in a Class 7 mini truck. From 1986 to 1989, Larry won multiple races, including the Class 7 championship in 1988. In 1990 Larry moved to Class 8, where he won two more championships and his first Baja 1000 overall. 1995 marked the beginning of the trophy truck era, and Larry was ready. He won four more overall Baja 1000s, including an impressive string of three consecutive victories.

Tracy Valenta (Racing team innovator) Tracy Valenta began off-road racing in 1971 and soon his passion for the sport exploded. One of his many significant impacts on the world of off-road motorsports was his promoting a foundation of a Team concept and a professional image for his drivers and as a team owner. Tracy and his Party Ice team were considered the premier off-road racing organization of the 1970s and ‘80s by the media, race promoters as well as by his competitors. He promoted his team to increase publicity to not only put fans in the stands, but to help his competitors as well harvest sponsorships and grow the sport.

Tracy’s team consisted of some of the most talented drivers in off-road racing including legendary Malcolm Smith and Bud Feldkamp, Rick and Roger Mears, stunt drivers Bobby Ferro and Kitty O’Neal, rock legend Ted Nugent and motocross superstar Bob Hannah.

 

retroblazer

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Congratulations to all involved. I would hope that we can start to get some of the Midwest based off roaders into the hall of fame. while they are still alive. Currently there is only one person from the Midwest in the hall, Jack Flannery. There were plenty of guys that defined the sport before Jack showed up, and we from the Midwest need to stand up, and represent. We have retailers, like Phil Reusche, of Phil's, Inc fame, or the patriarch of the Probst family, Steve Probst. Bob Warren, who won virtually every race in the Midwest. We need one of them on next year's ballot, and shame on us if we can't get our act together.
 

ORMHOF

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Congratulations to all involved. I would hope that we can start to get some of the Midwest based off roaders into the hall of fame. while they are still alive. Currently there is only one person from the Midwest in the hall, Jack Flannery. There were plenty of guys that defined the sport before Jack showed up, and we from the Midwest need to stand up, and represent. We have retailers, like Phil Reusche, of Phil's, Inc fame, or the patriarch of the Probst family, Steve Probst. Bob Warren, who won virtually every race in the Midwest. We need one of them on next year's ballot, and shame on us if we can't get our act together.

We agree!!! We will be opening nomination packets to everyone again at the beginning of next year if you are interested in nominating someone.

As ORMHOF continues to grow we are starting to reach out to more and more people. TORC has some great drivers, Crandon is a legendary and there are also innovators who are taking off-road to the next level.

We are also working on getting the younger generation involved with ORMHOF. Last year we introduced the "Rising Star" awards which recognizes the younger racers in Desert, Short Course, Rock Crawling, Industry, Moto/UTV/Quad and Advocate. They have already made an impact in their selected category and are well on their well to being a potential Inductee if they continue on the path they are on. These people will be recognized at the Induction Ceremony.

Don't forget to spread the word about ORMHOF and if you would like you can become a member here!
 
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