Formerly the Rising Star Awards, the ORMHOF Impact Awards consist of six divisions: Off-Road Racing, Motorcycle/ATV/UTV, Short Course Racing, Rock Sports, Industry, and Advocate.

For a photo and short bio on each of the 2017 nominees, click on the desired link:

Desert Racing          Short Course         Motorcycle|ATV|UTV          Rock Sports          Industry          Advocate

Voting ballots will be emailed out to voting members (one ballot per email address) starting October 1st and voting will close October 29th.  Purchase your voting membership HERE.

“Changing the name from Rising Star Awards to Impact Awards reflects what we really want to showcase by honoring these individuals. We want to recognize the people in the sport of off-road who have truly made an impact over the past year. The Impact Award nominees are on track to becoming inductees one day, and each year we will continue the recognize the up and coming generations as they continue to help grow our industry.” – Bud Feldkamp, Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee and Board Member.

Congratulations to the 2016 Rising Star Award Recipients


Would you like to help select the recipients of the 2017 Impact Awards? Become a Voting Member of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame and receive a ballot to vote for the 2017 Impact Awards. Voting takes place by email ballot, October 1-29, with the Impact Award recipients announced at the annual gala Induction Ceremony held at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas on Monday, October 30.  An annual Voting Membership is just $25. Click here to become a voting member.  The Induction Ceremony is open to the public. For ticket information, click here.

Previous Rising Star / Impact Award Recipients:
Off-Road Racing – 2016 Andy McMillin, 2015 Bryce Menzies | Short Course – 2016 Kyle LeDuc, 2015 RJ Anderson | Rock Sports – 2016 Erik Miller, 2015 Wayland Campbell Motorcycle/ATV/UTV – 2016 Sara Price, 2015 Brandon Baron | Industry – 2016 Charlene Bower, 2015 Nate Hunt | Advocate – 2016 Todd Ockert, 2015 Desiree Bates

In 2015, The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame founded the Louis Unser “Never Give Up” Award. A Volunteer Award was added in 2016.


The recipient of the Louis Unser “Never Give Up” Award must demonstrate a pursuit of excellence in the face of adversity. Louis Unser relentlessly fought through health issues to persevere in his passion for engine building. Like Louis, the recipient must exemplify a “never give up” attitude in their motorsports career, demonstrating a relentless attitude, indomitable spirit and perseverance.


2016 Charlie and Linda Engelbart, SCORE International Volunteers

2015 Rod Hall , ORMHOF, Rod Hall Racing








A surprised Tom Heyl, right, receives the inaugural Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Volunteer award from Induction Ceremony co-hosts Emme Hall and Ryan Arciero at the 2016 Induction Ceremony. Tom was chosen to receive the award for his many years of volunteer work with Rod Hall Racing and the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.