50TH BAJA 1000: ROD HALL WINS!
Another Record for ORMHOF Legend
Roger Norman waved Rod Hall and his son Chad across the finish line of the Baja 1000 with a special "50/80" flag, then draped the flag across the Hummer on the podium. The flag is in honor of Rod's 50th Baja 1000 and 80th birthday. Roger Norman photo.

Rod Hall had a smile 1000 miles wide at the finish of his 50th Baja 1000
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Despite the late hour -- it was the middle of the night! -- a large crowd was on hand to witness off-road racing history, as Rod Hall crossed the finish line in La Paz. Rod is the only racer to have competed in all 50 Baja 1000s, wrapping up a storied career with yet another win, bringing his total to a remarkable 25 class wins. He is also the only racer in Baja 1000 history to win overall in a four wheel drive vehicle.
Larger than life: 
Rod Hall on the big screen at the 
finish line of his 50th Baja 1000. 
Tim Albiniano photo.
One for the history books: Team Hall at the 50th Baja 1000. Hall Racing USA photo.
ORMHOF board member Frank DeAngelo (left) was a driver of record on the team that brought Rod Hall to the finish line of the 50th Baja 1000 in the Hall Racing Hummer (above). It was Rod's 25th class win. Frank DeAngelo and Hall Racing USA photos.
50TH BAJA 1000: ORMHOF IN ENSENADA
L-R: Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Johnson, Lynn Chenowth, ORMHOF chairman Mark McMillin, and SCORE-International president Roger Norman at the unveiling of the Off-Road Walk of Fame in Ensenada. There will be an inlaid tile for each of the 50 Baja 1000 races, including this one, commemorating Mark McMillin's overall win in 1983. Mark won a total of five Baja 1000s overall. Barbara Rainey photo.
The #23 trophy truck of Dan McMillin in Ensenada, at Baja 1000 Tech & Contingency. Dan is the son of ORMHOF chairman Mark McMillin.
50TH BAJA 1000: ORMHOF IN LA PAZ
"To finish first, first you must finish. -- Rod Hall
The top prize at the 50th Baja 1000 went to ORMHOF 2017 Impact Award nominee Apdaly Lopez, who finished first overall. Barbara Rainey photo.
ORMHOF board member, Ultra4 Racing founder Dave Cole (center, in fire suit), celebrates with his team at the finish line of the 50th Baja 1000.  Sharlene Miscik photo.
ORMHOF chairman Mark McMillin, center, with sons Dan (left) and Luke (right) at the finish line of the 50th Baja 1000. Dan and co-driver Gary Weyhrich finished on the podium in 3rd place overall. Luke and co-driver, ORMHOF inductee Larry Roeseler (below) were leading the race for several hundred miles, before shock problems slowed them down. The team was able to make repairs and brought the trophy truck in for a Top 10 finish. Barbara Rainey photos.
50TH BAJA 1000: PARTY TIME!
Rod Hall's 80th Birthday Party in La Paz
A mariachi band along the malecon in La Paz welcomed Rod's family and friends to his 80th birthday celebration. Party goers were treated to a sneak peek of the documentary, "Baja 50: Rod Hall's Half A Century in the Dirt" by Amy Lerner. The Baja 1000 signals the end of shooting, and the film now heads to the final editing process. We can't wait to see the finished product!  Barbara Rainey photos.
50TH BAJA 1000: THE PEOPLE YOU MEET
Stories over breakfast with Larry Janesky
Breakfast with Champions: Motorcycle rider Larry Janesky demonstrates how he used his multi-tool to cut cactus barbs out of his arm to free himself after falling during the Baja 1000. Barbara Rainey photo.
How fortunate we were to meet Larry Janesky at our hotel in La Paz! Larry is a successful businessman and motivational speaker from Connecticut, who also happens to love riding motorcycles. He and his son Tanner have chronicled their Baja experiences in a great documentary called, "Into the Dust."

Two-minute trailer for "Into the Dust." The full movie is available on YouTube.
ORMHOF INDUCTEES RECEIVE AWARDS
Sue Mead Honored by Texas Auto Writers
Congratulations to ORMHOF inductee Sue Mead, who was recently honored by the Texas Auto Writers Association. She received the Excellence in Craft Award for First Place in the Magazine writing category for her story in Automobile Magazine, "The desert hills life: Rod Hall -- 24-time Baja 1000 winner." The judges commented, "Just floor it and head southeast. I can smell the dust on this one. Great job."  Photo courtesy of Texas Auto Writers Association.
Bob Ham Named AMA Motorcyclist of the Year
by American Motorcyclist Association
Bob Ham, a California activist who led the effort to make the state's renowned off-highway vehicle program a permanent part of the Department of Parks and Recreation, is the American Motorcyclist of the Year.

Awarded annually, the AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation recognizes the individual or group that had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling in the previous 12 months. Ham led a coalition of OHV groups during hard-fought negotiations to turn an anti-OHV bill in the legislature into a law that provides stability and funding to the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program.

"Bob Ham has been a leader in off-road advocacy in California for many years, and his work on Senate Bill 249 and its funding bill (S.B. 159) in 2017 illustrates both his dedication to OHV recreation and his political acumen in navigating the halls of the state legislature," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman.
Bob Ham
Photo by 
Chelsea Anne Photography
UPDATE: ORMHOF DISPLAY AT THE GOLD STRIKE
New Interactive Signs, Inductee Photos Added
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame display of vintage off-road vehicles at the Gold Strike in Jean, Nevada, continues to grow and improve. Each vehicle now has an interactive sign featuring two monitors, which will display photos, facts, and videos. Barbara Rainey photo.
Wall space at the Gold Strike has been dedicated to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees. Max Smilow photo.
Visit the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame 
at the Gold Strike in Jean, Nevada
1 Main Street | Jean, Nevada
Just south of Las Vegas on I-15
Always Open
Admission is Free
TRAIL GRANTS AVAILABLE
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The BFGoodrich program has provided more than $150,000 in grants in support of the various trail conservation efforts. Trails are nominated for uniqueness, terrain type, and enthusiast following. For more details, click here.

Extreme Terrain Off-Road Outfitters offers $250 grants to off-road clubs, in support of responsible recreational use of off-road trails, through their Clean Trail Grant Program. The program provides eligible groups the opportunity to apply for a grant to further their next trail improvement related project, such as trail clean-up, restoration, or expansion.
Off-Road groups and organizations as well as publicly and privately owned off-road trails are invited to apply for the Extreme Terrain grant.
Since 2015, Extreme Terrain has awarded grants to more than 25 clubs and organizations. Extreme Terrain also provides grant recipients with industrial strength trash bags, to assist with clean up efforts.   For more details, click   here .
"NO ROADS REQUIRED" EXHIBIT
OPEN THROUGH JANUARY 28  
ORMHOF chairman Mark McMillin at the San Diego Automotive Museum exhibit, "No Roads Required." Mark and his brother Scott loaned the museum their father's Corky's car, Beagle Two, and McMillin Racing memorabilia for the exhibit.

For more pictures from ORMHOF's trip to the San Diego Automotive Museum, visit our Facebook page.
San Diego Automotive Museum website
PARTING SHOT
Santa Drives a Mini Moke -- Who Knew?
According to Wikipedia, the Mini Moke is a vehicle based on the Mini designed for the British Motor Corporation. The name comes from "Mini"-the car with which the Moke shares many parts-and "Moke", which is an archaic dialect term for donkey. 

The initial design was a prototype for a light military vehicle in the style of the American Jeep, but its small wheels and low ground clearance made it impractical as an off-road vehicle. It was subsequently offered in a civilian version as a low-cost, easily maintained utility vehicle. 

The Moke finally achieved success as a beach buggy-becoming a popular "cult" vehicle in the Algarve, Seychelles, Australia, the United States and many tropical resorts in the Caribbean. 14,518 Mokes were produced in the UK between 1964 and 1968, 26,000 in Australia between 1966 and 1981, and 10,000 in Portugal between 1980 and 1993 when production of the Moke ended. And it looks like at least one of them wound up at the North Pole! 

This fun little car has been reincarnated in a fun little electric model for the 21st Century, and is now available in the USA. Visit www.mokeamerica.com for details. Photo credit: Charles Frick, Mini Moke Club.
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