Off-Road Racing Legend Rod Hall Passes Away
Baja racing legend Rod Hall has passed away at age 82. Hall began his racing career in the 1950s. He won the inaugural NORRA Mexican 1000 in 1967. In those days electronic GPS devices didn't exist. Navigation was done by map and line of sight. He was a hired driver for the legendary Bill Stroppe. Hall co-drove with Larry Minor in a Ford Bronco. In 1975, Hall managed the Dodge off-road program with Jim Fricker.
Rod Hall is the only off-road racer to have participated in 50 Baja 1000 events in a four-wheeled vehicle. His last green flag was in 2017 at the 50th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 1000. Hall is the only off-road racer to win the Baja 1000 overall in a four-wheeled vehicle. Normally the motorcycle racers claim the overall title. He was the guy to try to beat. In addition to SCORE races, Hall competed in HDRA, Best In The Desert, and a host of other off-road races throughout his career. Hall had 37 consecutive victories in SCORE and HDRA. He had over 160 event wins. Hall learned he needed to go just fast enough to keep his race vehicle together and finish the event.
In addition to racing, Hall had a company that supplied suspension products for military vehicles. His years of racing expertise allowed him to troubleshoot any suspension issue and make it better.
Hall owned Team Hummer, racing the very first Hummer in Baja when it was introduced as a consumer vehicle in the early 1990s. Rod Hall was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005. Donations can be made in Rod Hall's name to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.