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

“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 2017 Impact Award Recipients

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


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.

Emcee Ricky Johnson with a delighted Malcolm Smith, who was just announced as the 2017 Louis Unser Never Give Up Award recipient.

2017 Malcolm Smith, Off-Road Motorcycle Legend

2016 Charlie and Linda Engelbart, SCORE International Volunteers

2015 Rod Hall , ORMHOF, Rod Hall Racing


2017 Citizens of Crandon, Wisconsin, Home of Crandon International Raceway

2016 Tom Heyl, ORMHOF Volunteer