Frank ‘Butch’ Arciero Jr
Competition – Off-Road Racing
Frank ‘Butch’ Arciero Jr is one of the most decorated drivers that has ever been involved in the sport of off-road racing. Arciero excelled at short course and desert racing, on two wheels and four, and he enjoys competing to this day.
Like many off-road racers, Arciero’s love for desert racing began on a motorcycle in the early 1970s. In 1974, he and his brother Al ventured into the
4-wheel vehicles, which is where Frank would make his mark.
Lynn Chenowth is a legendary off-road industry pioneer and chassis builder, whose open-wheel creations were a driving force behind some of the sport’s biggest victories and greatest drivers.
In the 1970s, it was Chenowth who helped usher in the development of true tube frame off-road vehicles. The sport was quickly growing and evolving, and Chenowth Racing Products was ready to meet the need. With a mass production approach to building affordable chassis and products,
Competition – Off-Road RacingIn 1973 automotive journalist Hal Higdon published his book “Finding the Groove”. This book was based on 27 interviews of the greatest race car drivers of the time and included drivers like Mario Andretti, Richard Petty, Don Garlits, Bobby and Al Unser, and Don Prudhomme. Selected to represent off-road racing was Bobby Ferro. How did he earn this distinction?
It all started in 1963 at Bud Ekins’ Triumph motorcycle shop in Sherman Oaks, California. (Bud Ekins was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.)
Competition – Off-Road RacingRobby Gordon is one of the most versatile drivers of the modern era. He has won in just about every type of car racing, including NASCAR, IMSA, Trans-Am and IndyCar. But it’s in off-road racing where he’s really made — and continues to make — his mark. As a driver, Gordon won the Baja 1000 three times (1987, 1989, 2006), the Baja 500 four times (1989, 1990, 2005, 2013) and captured seven SCORE championships (five of them consecutive, from 1986 to 1990, and again in 1996 and 2009) and two Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group stadium racing titles.
Competition – RallyIt took a driver from a small island country in the Irish Sea to help put Rally back on the map in the United States. David Higgins was born in 1972 on the Isle of Man, the country famous for motorsports. David’s grandparents and parents have all been successful rally drivers, and David’s brother Mark is an accomplished rally driver in his own right. His children started kart racing and they have been successful, winning many local races.
Many people are unaware that Rally is a category at ORMHOF, something that Higgins’ induction is sure to change.
Recreational – Four WheelingSteve Morris has been a pioneer and advocate for the Recreational Four Wheeling community since the purchase of his first Jeep in 1954, a Willys CJ2A.
His passion for off-road started as family recreation, then moved into business as an employee of the Jeep Corporation in Detroit, and later as a Jeep dealer. Morris continued to follow his passion for off-road, moving into the role of advocate for off-road recreation and public land access for California and Nevada.