New Videos Released In Cal Wells “Excellence Was Expected” Project
— Series Created as a Prelude to October Hall of Fame Induction —
October 19, 2021 — In preparation for his upcoming induction into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF), the third and fourth videos in a new series entitled “Cal Wells: Excellence Was Expected” have been released today.
The most prolific team owner in the sport, Wells and his Precision Preparation Inc. factory Toyota effort earned a record-shattering 11 total off-road Driver’s Championships, 14 total off-road Manufacturer’s Championships and 88 total major off-road race victories. Cal’s influence on racing carried over to both open-wheel and stock car competition as well.
Honoring a combined class of 2020 and 2021, Wells, along with 10 other inductees, will be added to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in a special ceremony scheduled for Saturday, October 30, 2021 at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Scheduled for release over the weeks, the third and fourth film shorts are now available for viewing and posting on social media (see below). Entitled the “Riding the Envelope” the third episode focuses on Cal’s brother David Wells, who shares his remembrances of live with the off-road racing legend and his ability to own many opportunities that helped shape a Toyota/PPI effort that lasted for decades.
Produced by Southern California-based TRG Rennsport, the new “Cal Wells: Excellence Was Expected” project offers very personal glimpses into his legacy via cinema quality film shorts interviewing many of the people that helped create the Cal Wells/Precision Preparation Inc. story.
The fourth film short comes from an interview with longtime PPI veteran and master crew chief Tommy Morris. Entitled “Electric Razors,” Morris recalls the absolute dedication that was a cornerstone to the team’s ultimate success, a philosophy that illuminates not a simple career, but an all consuming way of life.
Future episodes of the “Cal Wells: Excellence Was Expected” series will focus on similar personal insights and stories from an impressive list of off-road and motorsports names including ORMHOF inductees Sal Fish and Frank “Butch” Arciero, as well as Dave Wilson (TRD), Greg Glander (Toyota), Jack Auld (PPI) and Jerry McDonald (Team MacPherson).
These interviews, along with historic footage and photography, will be brought together in creating a final six-minute Cal Wells tribute making its debut on the evening of Cal’s induction.
“In reality, the challenge in telling a story as sweeping and comprehensive as Cal’s in just six minutes is an impossible one to overcome,” shared TRG Rennsport founder Marty Fiolka. “In typical Cal fashion, the idea to create a series of vignettes leading up to the induction ceremony was his. He wanted the opportunity for those closest to him in his motorsports journey to share a bit of their story as well. The ‘Excellence Was Expected’ project offers very rare and touching insight into off-road racing’s most successful personality.”
The 2021 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame ceremony will be held Saturday, October 30th at the South Point Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. Tickets and more information are available at www.ormhof.org.