Patriarch Jerry Herbst has died at age 80. The Terrible Herbst Motorsports name has been famous in off-road racing for decades. Even more known are the more than 160 Terrible’s gas stations Jerry Herbst founded in the 1960s. Many included convenience stores and car washes, with oversize American flags flying and the prominent logo of an old western guy with a large moustache and gas pump in hand. Herbst’s largest gas station—Terrible’s Road House—opened in Jean, Nevada, over the summer and features 96 gas pumps. Jerry Herbst also was involved in the gaming business, opening several casinos.
In the 1960s Jerry Herbst got bit by the motorsports bug and began racing. He won his class in the Mint 400 and Baja 500. He was also into offshore boat racing. Jerry suffered neurological damage to his left arm in a boat race accident in the 1980s. He passed on the racing torch to his three sons—Ed, Tim, and Troy. The Terrible Motorsports name has become synonymous with off-road racing. Herbst sponsored several SCORE and Best in the Desert races in Nevada. Jerry was often seen sitting in the front seat of the family’s helicopter, watching his sons race through the desert across Nevada and Baja.
Jerry Herbst was inducted into the Off-Road Hall of Fame in 2014. He was also inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.