It’s not very often the entire off-road industry gathers for a full weekend purely out of entertainment and leisure. Usually it’s tied to an agend/schedule, or it’s from the start line or contingency where we get to see all our sports’ stars. This weekend was an exception, as hundreds of people came to hang out and see everything the off-road world currently has to offer.
The 2013 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony kicked off the weekend’s event on Friday night, after the entire day was open to all the exhibitors who came to display their masteries. This years class of inductees included:
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.
Bob Chandler, 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 “The Weatherman” Steingerber, known as the voice of desert racing. Enough said.
Frank DeAngelo, 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.
Jerry Herbst, who 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”.
After the historic night honoring these influential men, the gates opened to the public on Saturday morning at 9am. Over three hundred and fifty exhibitors packed the Pomona Fairplex. One of the coolest aspects of the Off-Road Expo was the hands on experience that the off-road manufactures presented.
Representatives from each company were on-site to deliver instructions and demonstrations with their products and accessories. Targeted at all aspects of off road, there was something for everyone who is in to trucks, UTV’s, rock crawlers, sand rails, side by sides and every day drivers.
Attendees also got their chance to do some driving, as Toyota brought out a fleet of their newest vehicles that were run through an off-road course. Demos were put on both days on a closed course by professional drivers at the MAV TV Proving Grounds. Fans got a small glimpse at what these off-road vehicles are capable of.
All weekend long, professional racers were on site signing autographs, taking photos, and hanging out with all their most loyal fans. Names like Walker Evans, Rob MacCachren, BJ Baldwin, Johnny Greaves, Liam Doran, Shannon Campbell, and Carl Renezeder joined us inside Dirt Theater to not only sign autographs, but also watch the six different films that were being played all weekend long. Dezert People 10 made its first appearance to the public. A full list of local premieres can be found here.
A fan favorite every year is the Miss Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo Bikini Contest. Dozens of beautiful women competed to take home a cash prize, tiara and the bragging rights to “Miss Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo.” When it was all said and done, Candice Cordero impressed the crowd and panel of judges to win the competition.
It was a big weekend for filmmakers behind the new motorsports documentary film Baja Social Club, which got its first exposure to the public after three years in the making.
It was a weekend full of fun so check out the rest of went down in the photos below.