The Off-Road Motorsports Hall Of Fame (ORMHOF) recently inducted their Class of 2014 honorees into the list of the greats. The ORMHOF was established in 1978 to give the Off-Road industry a way to recognize members of the community that stood above the rest. This year, ORMHOF proudly received 5 new members to their ranks; Del Albright, David Ashley, Marty Fiolka, the late Nye Frank, and Bill Sanders.
Just about everyone that has been in the Jeep world for any length of time knows the name, Del Albright. As the ambassador of the Blue Ribbon Coalition, Albright is dedicated to educating the off-road community on responsible land-use. He spends his time mentoring the community so we can all continue to use public lands, avoid shut downs as well as advocating to reopen closed trails. A background in leadership and management gives him a solid platform to work from while being a friendly face to anyone. Del Alright continues to educate and befriend the off-road community.
David Ashley started his off-road career by winning a gold medal for the United States at the Six Day Trials in Austria in the early 70’s. He has spent his life successfully racing motorcycles, stadium vehicles, off-road trucks and buggies. After a terrible head-on collision, Ashley was inspired to make off-road racing a safer sport. He has spent plenty of time working with novice racers, sharing valuable driving techniques to help educate them, chairing on drivers’ safety meetings spreading knowledge and working closely with race promoters to avoid potential hazards. Ashley has moved into helping vehicle manufacturers develop advanced safety measures, including Ford Motor Company’s SVT team as a consultant.
Marty Fiolka is a diehard off-road historian. As a journalistic guru of sorts, Fiolka has helped preserve and document the events of our community. Fiolka published his first book, “1000 Miles To Glory”, was the Associate Producer for “Dust to Glory” and is now the Executive Producer for the “Baja Social Club”. He organized the parade of historic off-road race vehicles for the 40-year anniversary of the Baja 1000 and is helping to get the iconic Meyers Manx relaunched. Fiolka is also currently helping to grow the NORRA vintage off-road rally movement. Marty Fiolka continues to expand his legacy in the industry with new projects.
Nye Frank was a designer and car builder with a keen performance minded eye. Frank developed and pushed the envelope of shock tuning and technologies, drastically changing the face of off-road motorsports as we know it. Known widely for use of air shocks, Frank made a name for himself by helping the Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group (MTEG) and then later Rob MacCachren with their race teams. He built a Pro4 truck for MacCachren that, after dominating and winning multiple awards and championships, ended up being outlawed by CORR for its unconventional four-corner air-shock based suspension system. The late Nye Frank is an inspiration who understood vehicle development and performance.
As one of the original editors for Four Wheeler Magazine, Bill Sanders helped bring the off-road motorsports industry into the mainstream media. Covering nearly every off-road event from Baja to Las Vegas, Sanders was the boots-on-the-ground kind of reporter for the happenings at all the events. He spent countless hours writing to help expand public awareness and recognition for drivers and manufacturers. Additionally, Sanders was also a true racer. In 1973, he raced a Toyota FJ Cruiser in the 1973 Mexican 1000 and was the first to garner a first place podium finish for Toyota in Baja. Bill Sanders helped grow off-road motorsports into a world-wide known community and helped give those in the industry a way to showcase their work.
Each of these men has contributed their lives to off-road motorsports in one way or another. Each deserve the honor and are welcomed by many other great members of the community. For more information on the Off-Road Motorsports Hall Of Fame, please visit its website.