Rod Hall Celebrated at 2019 SEMA Legacy Celebration
The late Rod Hall was honored in a celebration during the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Hall passed away in June 2019 at age 82 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Rod Hall is the only racer to start or finish 50 Baja 1000 races. The last time he was in a race truck was the 50th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 1000 in 2017.
Rod Hall has countless numbers of wins and championships during his long off-road career. He began racing a 1960's Ford Bronco for Bill Stroppe. Hall secured the win at the very first Mexican 1000 in 1967. In the late 1970's Hall switched to Dodge managing the race program with Jim Fricker. He also went on to help develop and race vehicles for the Hummer brand.
Friends and family told stories of Rod Hall during the legacy celebration. Hall touched everybody he came in contact with. He taught the people around him life-long lessons and left a major impact on the off-road community. Photos of Rod Hall were on display as well as memorabilia such as old race suits from his many years of racing. Before he passed away, Hall restored his old race Bronco with granddaughter Shelby Hall. Both the original restored Bronco and a next generation Ford Bronco R Prototype were on display at the event. Ford plans to campaign the Bronco R Prototype in the 2019 Baja 1000 with the original livery Rod Hall raced with in 1967. Shelby will be one of the drivers.