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ORMHOF ANNOUNCES AMBITIOUS PROJECT TO DIGITIZE THE DUSTY TIMES ARCHIVES
The history of off-road can be told through the pages of Dusty Times magazine.

Dusty Times was founded by ORMHOF inductee Jean Calvin and her husband John.  Jean passed away in 1997, John in 2013. 

ORMHOF has become the caretaker of the Dusty Times archives, 44 file cabinet drawers filled with documents and photos dating back to 1969, that  chronicle  the history of off-road. 

Dusty Times was the Bible of off-road racing, and the ORMHOF Dusty Times Collection contains both published and unpublished material that spans more than four decades. 
ORMHOF Founder Rod Hall,
in the storage container housing
the Dusty Times Archives.
"The Dusty Times collection is a cornerstone project for the Hall of Fame," says ORMHOF chairman Mark McMillin, "digitizing these archives and making them available online will preserve the history of off-road for generations to come.  The financial support we receive from our members and partners, and donations from the off-road community, is what will make this project possible."
The Dusty Times archives are housed in metal file cabinets, 44 file drawers in all.
Each of the 44 drawers is full of file folders, with race results, photos and negatives.
ENJOY THESE FIRST IMAGES FROM THE 
ORMHOF DUSTY TIMES COLLECTION
Do you recognize these racers from the 
1969 NORRA Mexican 1000?
SUPPORT THE ORMHOF DUSTY TIMES COLLECTION
ORMHOF'S ROB MACCACHREN WINS!
2011 Inductee Takes Overall Title at the Mint 400
Congratulations to Rob MacCachren on his overall win at the 2017 Polaris RZR Mint 400. The event was presented by ORMHOF partner, BFGoodrich Tires. To read the full story, head over to the official Mint 400 website by clicking on Rob's photo, above.
Congratulations to our ORMHOF
Mint 400 Vintage Class Contingency Prize Winners
Thanks to the Beaumont family and Retro Norm Francis for sponsoring the Hall of Fame booth and Vintage Class Contingency Prizes at The Mint 400. ORMHOF Hall of Fame Member Marty Fiolka stopped by the booth to autograph copies of his book, 1000 Miles to Glory, and race fans from around the world came by to see Rory Ward's Mickey Thompson Challenger IV car, and purchase t-shirts, posters and books.
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2017 Mint 400 Vintage Class Winners
Vintage Open Pre-1992:
1st - Ed Maurin
2nd - Todd Richards
Vintage Limited Pre-1982:
1st - Dana Dague
2nd - Norm Francis

ORMHOF board member Rory Ward co-drove with Ed Maurin. Read his race recap and see more pictures here.
Thanks to Alvin Rocha for this photo of vintage cars staged at the ORMHOF booth during Mint 400 Tech and Contingency.
ORMHOF FOUNDER ROD HALL'S GRANDDAUGHTER
SHELBY HALL DEBUTS AS DRIVER OF RECORD 
AT MINT 400 WITH PODIUM FINISH
Rod Hall and his granddaughter Shelby share a special moment at the 2017 Mint 400. Richard Heeley photo, used with permission.

ORMHOF congratulates Shelby Hall and co-driver Amy Lerner on their 3rd place podium finish in the Vintage Class at The Mint 400. This was Shelby's first race as driver of record. Shelby's grandfather is racing legend and ORMHOF inductee Rod Hall. Rod, who turns 80 in November, was on hand at The Mint 400 to watch Shelby take the next step in her racing career.  Rod has a little experience at the Mint 400--he is a t en-time winner of the event. Rod is also a ten-time winner of the Parker 400, 12-time winner of the Fireworks 250, 12-time winner of the Baja 500 and the leading all-time winner of the Baja 1000.  He is the only person to compete in every Baja 1000 since the race's inception in 1967, and holds the record for longest string of consecutive wins, a remarkable 35. Shelby is the CEO of Rod Hall Drive in northern Nevada, offering group programs, adventure trips and off-road driver training. Visit her website here.
ORMHOF PARTNER BFGOODRICH TIRES 
RECOGNIZES BAJA HERITAGE 
The off-road monument in Ensenada will get a facelift, thanks to BFGoodrich Tires. 
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE International, developed its off-road identity four decades ago in the Baja peninsula in Mexico. To recognize the
importance this region played in the legacy of its motorsports success, BFGoodrich announced a charitable donation of $10,000 USD to the Ensenada Family Development System (DIF) in an effort to make a difference in the lives of families in Baja, Mexico.

Additionally, BFGoodrich committed to an upgrade to the historic monument that stands near the start/finish line of the annual SCORE Baja 500 and Baja 1000 race. This monument, donated by the people and administration of Ensenada several years ago, recognized the
impact BFGoodrich and SCORE International racing has made on the
community of Ensenada.
For this celebration of 40 years of racing, BFGoodrich renovated the monument with a refresh of the  SCORE International and BFGoodrich logo as well as new plaques listing all the overall truck and
moto winners of the SCORE Baja 1000. These names have a place in history on this beautiful  monument with a plan to continually add winners' names annually.
Over 40 years, BFGoodrich has 87 overall wins in SCORE Baja racing, more than all other tire manufacturers combined.

ORMHOF HAS A PALLET OF OLD RACE FOOTAGE
TO CONVERT... DO YOU HAVE A BETAMAX PLAYER?
THANK YOU, RANDALL FAMILY!
ORMHOF board member Rory Ward files this report from The Mint 400: Thanks to the Randall family for donating a Betamax player for some old videos we are trying to convert to DVD. Here they are dropping it off during contingency at The Mint 400.  The Randall's have quite the history in Off Road racing starting in the mid to late 70's and again with the second generation in the  Jeepspeed  class. We are still looking for another Betamax player to help go through the tapes faster (we have a ton). If you have one that you're not using anymore, please consider donating it to the Hall of Fame. Contact rory@ormhof.org. Thanks again Randall Family!
MEET HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE BILL SANDERS

ORMHOF Inductee Bill Sanders
Bill Sanders  was one of the original editors of Four Wheeler Magazine; he lifted the sport from obscurity to wide recognition. He faithfully covered nearly every off-road race of significance from Baja to Las Vegas.  When it came to the building of the industry, Bill and Four Wheeler offered story after story on manufacturers , helping them to gain recognition.  He worked on the human interest aspect as well, by doing feature articles on the drivers who engaged in the major races, and promoting many who are now fellow ORMHOF Inductees.   Besides being involved with the monthly magazine, Sanders took time to become a real off-road racer.  He was able to find help to build a Toyota FJ, which he ran in the 1973 Mexican 1000 resulting in a Class 3 victory; it was the first Toyota vehicle to win in the Baja.  Bill helped to grow off-road motorsports into a sport with worldwide recognition during the early years of off-road racing, and provided a place for those who were also supporting the sport to showcase their work.
ORMHOF INDUCTEE CURT LEDUC
HELPS CHARITY WITH ANNUAL SWAP MEET

ORMHOF inductee Curt LeDuc's annual Off-Road Swap Meet is a Southern California tradition. This year's event benefited the Rancho Sordo Mudo Valle de Guadalupe in Baja, a free home and school for the deaf. The school's auto shop was destroyed by fire, so Curt put out a call for used tools. The off-road community came through, donating a wide assortment of tools to get the school's shop back up and running.

Curt was voted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2015.  His sons Todd and Kyle are carrying on the LeDuc winning ways in motorsports.
Watch Curt's induction video here.
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ORMHOF ON THE ROAD
Blue Ribbon Coalition Signature Event
ORMHOF Executive Administrator Barbara Rainey with Hall of Fame Inductees 
(left to right) Del Albright, Don Amador and Clark Collins.
Barbara welcomes new ORMHOF member Brian O'Connors from the Colorado Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs.
ORMHOF display on Vendor Row at
Pirate Cove Resort for the Blue Ribbon Coalition Signature Event.
2 Lockett Shows Mild to Wild Trail Ride
ORMHOF Inductee Del Albright hit the trails of Northern Nevada at the Lockett Shows Mild to Wild Trail Ride, to benefit the Blue Ribbon Coalition. 
 
The event started at the 4 Wheel Parts store in Sparks, Nevada, where Del couldn't help but get excited about the BFGoodrich Tires on display.

Lockett Shows produces the Reno Off-Road and Motorsports Expo. Al and Shirley Lockett are celebrating 50 years of consumer shows in 2017.

UPCOMING EVENTS
March 30 - April 1
SCORE San Felipe 250
Baja CA
April 7 - 8
SNORE Motion Tire 300
Ridgecrest CA
April 7 - 8
Ultra4/TORRA Vaquero 212
Sierra Blanca TX
April 14 - 15
BITD Polaris RZR UTV
World Championship
Laughlin NV
April 21 - 27
50th Anniversary
NORRA Mexican 1000
Ensenada to La Paz
April 22-23
Lucas Oil Off Road at
Wild Horse Pass
Chandler AZ
View the Race-Dezert complete calendar of events here.
PARTING SHOT:

Off-road fan Jeff Knoll noticed this vintage motor home in a Reno storage yard, and wondered if it could possibly be "Debbie the Condor" of Baja fame. While the consensus seems to be that it probably isn't the original, it is still a cool rig that brings back great memories.

ORMHOF inductee Bill Stroppe was approached by Condor Coach in 1968, to transform Debbie, a 11,000 pound luxury motorhome, into an off-road race vehicle. The " Debbie Special" was fitted with many off-road performance parts, including more than 250 feet of steel roll cage tubing. Condor executives, however, insisted that the vehicle maintain many of it's luxury characteristics--right down to the kitchen sink! 

In its run as Condor's show truck, Debbie competed in the 1969, 1970 and 1971 Baja 500 and 1000, Mint 400, and Pike's Peak hill climbs. It was never in real contention for anything, and mostly served drinks and provided entertainment of sorts to spectators and other racers.

One online forum member wrote, " Obviously it couldn't run as quick as the smaller "real" off road racers (and this Condor was a full blown race rig). The two guys loaded the refer [sic] with cool drinks and would stop along the course wherever a race car was broken, and give the people there cold drinks. At the Mint 400 they'd make one lap which took them a fair amount of time, and as they'd cross the finish line they'd blow a siren, turn on their flashing lights on the roof, and pop a pink drag chute. A couple of real fun guys."


Above: Wes Thomas and Don Bass were tagged to bring Debbie to the starting line for her maiden race in 1969. You can read what happened next in a great story by Road and Track Magazine, published in 2014. Read it here.
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Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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Mark McMillin, Chairman

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