- Off-Road Racing Legend Rod Hall Will Race 2016 NORRA 1000 in His Recently Restored Ford Bronco
Off-Road Racing Legend Rod Hall Will Race 2016 NORRA 1000 in His Recently Restored Ford Bronco
79-year-old is ready for 50th 1,000-mile Baja Peninsula race
The 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 is right around the corner, and the legend himself, Rod Hall, will be joining fellow racers as they make their way down the Baja Peninsula rally style. This race will be the 50th time the 79-year-old champion makes a 1,000-mile run across the Mexican desert, only adding to the unbelievable racing career Hall has put together.
Hall’s epic desert racing career began with a Jeep CJ-5 in the 1967 National Off-Road Racing Association’s (NORRA) Mexican 1000, where he and friend Larry Minor made their way from Ensenada to La Paz with a few tools, a cooler filled with sandwiches, and a compass and sun by which to navigate. After that first adventure across the Mexican desert, where they got lost a dozen or so times, Hall was hooked—and the rest is history.
Hall raced many vehicles over many continents in his five-decade career, but none more recognizable than the Ford Bronco he piloted to a championship in the 1969 Mexican 1000. This champion steed passed through several hands after winning in 1969 and even spent some unfortunate time in a junkyard in Barstow, California. Luckily, a race fan saved the Bronco and put it on display in front of a Denny’s. In 2003, the Bronco was donated to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) and eventually found its way back home to Hall.
In 2015, Hall took his Bronco from the ORMHOF museum and sent it to Samco Fabrication for a complete restoration. Now that the Bronco has been brought back to its former glory, Hall is ready to get back behind the wheel.
The 79-year-old is in great shape and can’t wait to take on another 1,000 miles of dirt at the 2016 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. Hall will be suiting up in less than a week to go for another win; he already has 24 Baja 1000 class wins.
For more information, visit ormhof.com and check out the in-depth interview with Rod Hall in the video below.
Source: Chris Collard, ORMHOF