HONORING HALL OF FAME
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Rod Hall was lost...Or was he?
It was 1967, and Rod Hall was competing in the Inaugural Mexican 1000 with co-driver Larry Minor in a Jeep CJ5. In the early days, there was no course, no map, no GPS -- Only a tantalizing goal: To be the first to reach La Paz.
As night fell, Rod was racing across a dry lakebed when he saw headlights coming from the opposite direction. As the vehicle drew close and raced past, Rod could see that it was Parnelli Jones. Confused, Rod slowed to a stop. Was he going the wrong direction? It was then Rod remembered that a Jeep executive had given him a small pocket compass at the starting line. Rod took out the compass and put it on the hood of the Jeep, telling Larry, “La Paz is southeast, we’re going that way!”
Rod knew where he wanted to go, but he didn’t know how he was going to get there. That little compass helped him find his way.
With perseverance and determination, Rod not only finished that first race in Baja, winning his class, but he is also the only driver to compete in the first fifty Baja 1000s and become one of the winningest off-road racers in history. A remarkable achievement.
Rod’s approach to guiding the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame was a lot like racing that first Mexican 1000. He knew where he wanted to go with ORMHOF, but he didn’t know how he was going to get there. It was Rod’s vision to establish a Hall of Fame to honor the history of the sport of off-road and the people who make it great. He used the same qualities of perseverance and determination that helped him win that first Mexican 1000 to begin turning his vision for the Hall of Fame into reality before he passed away in 2019.
Rod believed so much in the mission of the Hall of Fame he included ORMHOF in his estate planning, becoming the organization’s first major donor. The ORMHOF Compass Circle for major donors is named in honor of the little compass that showed Rod Hall the way to La Paz.
Hall of Fame inductee and board member Dick Landfield also included ORMHOF in his estate planning and we are proud to honor his memory as he leaves a lasting legacy, joining Rod Hall as a member of the ORMHOF Compass Circle.
Legacy giving is a way to leave a lasting legacy of generosity and make a cause you care about an important part of your life story.