The Late Jeff “Ox” Kargola Helped Us Choose Our Weapon Before His Last Ride
A few months back, the guys at Dirt Rider magazine hit us up, wanting to place a bet on which vehicle would win in a dogfight: a Baja racing-inspired JCR Honda CRF450X or a SuperLite Championship truck. And it’s a great question. Who would win?! Historically dirt bikes have typically been faster in races like the Baja 1000, but what about when you add in some tighter turns and a smaller track?
We knew one guy in particular who raced both trucks and motorcycles and was a great guy to have around, so the call was made to Jeff “Ox” Kargola to bring out his dirt bike and General Tire-sponsored short-course truck to put some validity to the claims.
Little did we know that this would be the last shoot we’d ever get to do with Ox, and that just days later, he’d be involved in a fatal motorcycle accident while riding in Baja Mexico with friends. We’re lucky to have met him, and we hope that he is riding in peace.
Ox was an excellent candidate to perform our comparisons for both magazines, and with General Tire’s and LOORS’s help, we were able to get a day to ourselves at the Glen Helen Raceway. Having Ox behind both vehicles would also make the comparison as fair as possible. He had just won the SCORE San Felipe 250 on the bike and took home the win in Round 2 of the LOORS Series in March.
We are grateful we got to spend the day with Jeff as he showed us his amazing well-rounded skills on the bike and in the truck. He will always be remembered as a great friend to the entire off-road community.
DOB: November 29, 1983
Hometown: San Clemente, California
Favorite Artist: Picasso
Started Riding: Age 12
Turned Pro: Age 16
First Motorcycle: Yamaha YZ80
Favorite Movie: The Big Lebowski
Most Memorable Race: 2010 SCORE San Felipe
Accomplishments: 2004 WFA Big Air Points Champion, 2005 Winter X Games Best Truck Silver Medal, 2006 “Big Huckin Chicken” in Burger King commercial, 2009 SCORE San Felipe, 2009 SCORE Baja 500, 2009 SCORE Baja 1000, 2010 SCORE San Felipe 1st Place, 2010 SCORE Baja 500.
Personal quote: “Life is what you make it!”