Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees
The 2016 class has been selected
After receiving a record number of nominations for the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) class of 2016, 20 members of the off-road community have selected this year’s deserving inductees. Land use advocate Don Amador, racing pioneer Bud Feldkamp, Trackside Photo’s Jim Ober, five-time Baja 1000 winner Larry Ragland, and race team innovator Tracy Valenta, all with dirt in their veins, will be formally inducted into ORMHOF on October 31, 2016, at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas.
Owner of Quiet Warrior Racing and western representative for the Blue Ribbon Coalition, Don has years of experience crafting legislative plans to combat continual Governmental restrictions to off-road motorsports. With thousands of miles ridden on trails all over, Don truly understands land use issues from an enthusiasts perspective and it shows in the hundreds of letters, official comments, and meetings he attends every year fighting to keep off-road trails open for everyone to enjoy.
Know as Dr. Bud to many, his career racing with Malcom Smith was nothing short of dominating in the late ’70s. With two overall wins in the Baja 100, three in the Baja 500, two in the Mint 400, and back-to-back desert championships, Bud Feldkamp was a force to be reckoned with in his blue and white Funco SS II, named the Belray Bullet. He currently resides as the president of Glen Helen Raceway where he has created a top-notch off-road event facility that hosts the popular AMA U.S. Motocross Nationals and the Lucas Off-Road Racing Series.
The founder and owner of Trackside Photo, Jim Ober, paved the way for off-road photo journalism, not only capturing spectacular photos from off-road races in the U.S. and Baja himself but gave other photographers a start in the industry. During a time when off-road photography was hard to come by, Trackside Photo was able to capture great action shots that would have never been seen in newspapers and magazines. Awarded SCORE Photographer of the Year 17 times and with more than 40 years of off-road racing captured in a stunning photographic record, Trackside Photo has been integral in documenting the history of off-road racing.
With an off-road racing career that every racer now would love, Larry Ragland was a winner, no matter what he was driving. Winning the 1981 Parker 400, Baja 500, and Mexicali 300 in his Class 1 FUNCO built rig led him to form his own team in 1982. He won the SCORE Championship for Class 1 1983 and 1984. In 1987, Larry made the move to a Class 7 truck with the Chevrolet Team where he won multiple races and the Class 7 championship in 1988 and 1990. In 1990, Larry made the move to Class 8 where he won two more championships and his first Baja 500. After dominating in three previous classes, when the Trophy Truck class era began, Larry jumped on it and dominated, winning four more Baja 1000s.
Known for introducing the team concept and a professional driver image to the world of off-road racing, Tracy Valenta has been passionate about off-road racing for more than 40 years. In the 1970’s and ‘80s Tracy and his Party Ice team were the considered the cream of the crop by the media race promoters and even his competitors. His popularity and high-quality drivers was able to grow the sport of off-road racing by bring more fans out to the races and bringing more sponsors to help support growth. With some of the most talented drivers to ever race off-road on Tracy’s team including Malcom Smith, Bud Feldkamp Rick, and Roger Mears, it’s not hard to see why he’s a hall-of-fame inductee.
With this year’s class selected and ready to be inducted you can take part in the celebration. The induction ceremony will take place on October 31 at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas and will be open the public. For more information about the celebration and how to get tickets, visit ormhof.org.
Source: ORMHOF, Mad Media
Photos Courtesy of: ORMHOF, Mad Media