Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees AnnouncedPosted in News on July 17, 2017
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) announced its newest inductees for the Class of 2017. Twenty esteemed members of the off-road community evaluated yet another record number of nominations, and voted on the worthiest of the bunch. Those selected for the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 include motorcycle racing pioneer Dave Ekins, Crandon Raceway founder Cliff Flannery, off-road legend Bob Gordon, and off-road innovator Bill Savage. The Inductees will be celebrated at the public ORMHOF Induction & Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the South Point in Las Vegas.
Racing pioneer Dave Ekins is best known for his and his riding partner Bill Robertson’s record run from Tijuana to La Paz in March of 1962. It took 39 hours and 56 minutes, and their trip became the precursor to the race that would become the Mexican 1000 and today's Baja 1000. He was also the first rider ever supported in racing by American Honda, and was among the first group of Honda representatives to travel to Japan. Other notable accomplishments include his 10-year career as a motorcycle magazine editor at Dirt Rider, one of the first off-road motorcycle magazines. Both he and his brother Bud are members of the AMA Hall of Fame and, come October, the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Cliff Flannery, who is the president of Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Crandon Wisconsin, provided his brother Jack and countless other racers with the opportunity to ride and compete at his world-class facility. While creating and managing a facility like Crandon is certainly a Hall of Fame worthy achievement, it was supposedly Flannery's philanthropic work that helped him edge out other nominees in the voting process. Each year, Crandon Raceway donates nearly $70,000 to support local youth and charity organizations, and up to $30,000 in college scholarships.
Bob Gordon, known as Baja Bob in the off-road community, earned his nickname by winning so many races south of the border. Gordon started his journey into the world of off-road motorsports through his introduction to Frank “Scoop” Vessels. He was a factory BFGoodrich driver, and quickly found success. He won most of his off-road races with Chenowth, and won the Baja 1000 with Malcolm Smith in 1987, and with his son Robby and daughter Robyn in 1990. After his retirement, in efforts to help his son Robby in his own off-road career, Rob Gordon won the NORRA Mexican 1000 overall in 2010, 2011, and 2015. He passed away in 2016, and is a Legacy Inductee into the Hall of Fame.
Bill Savage’s passion for all things off-road started in college when he opened TMAG welding in 1972. After several years of hard work at his shop and in college, he entered his first car in the 1979 Baja 1000 and won his class. Savage explored the engineering side of his passion for everything off-road rather than direct competition. His shop has designed everything from VW OEM parts to the Mars Rover. After changing his company name from TMAG to Speed and Performance by Design Products (SPD Products), NASA invited him to attend a meeting with NASA engineers, specifically those working on the Lunar Rover. Savage’s innovation in the design and engineering of off-road vehicles is bolstered by his interest in keeping drivers safe. Savage has written rule books for every major off-road association for the past 37 years, and currently serves as Technical Director for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series.