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Spencer Low

Spencer Low

Spencer Low is a Hall of Fame Legacy inductee. He launched his off-road racing career in 1966 at the age of 18 on a BSA motorcycle.

He is perhaps best known as a pioneer in the mini-truck movement of the 1970s, with his development and sales of the first bolt-on 4WD conversion kits for mini-trucks through his company, Low Manufacturing. The company was awarded SEMA’s “Best Engineered New Product” in 1982 for Spencer’s innovative Modular Aluminum Differentials, the basis of the 4WD Conversion.

    Spencer was also a successful racer, with many Class 7 wins during the 1980s, highlighted by a twenty year career as a Nissan factory driver. He was the back-to-back recipient of the SCORE/HDRA Toyota True Grit Award in 1985 and 1986. For decades, Spencer Low Racing (SLR) was synonymous with excellence, innovation and winning in the off-road racing community.

    After retiring from full-time competition, Spencer was a color commentator for ESPN and Prime Network, covering televised SCORE/HDRA, SODA and Pikes Peak events alongside legendary commentators Marty Reid and Jerry Garrett.

    Although retired from full-time participation following a long, successful career, Spencer returned to the sport he loved in 2017, placing second in class at the 50th Anniversary running of the NORRA Mexican 1000, piloting his championship-winning 1988 Nissan Hardbody in the Challenger Class.

    In 2018, Spencer returned to NORRA, taking the overall Challenger Class win, starting 240th and finishing 17th overall, and taking home the coveted Manny Esquerra trophy. Spencer also won first place in the Vintage Open Class at the 50th Anniversary Mint 400.

    Spencer was a founding member of the Tread Lightly movement, never missing an opportunity to give back to the sport of off-road. He participated in press conferences, speaking engagements, interviews, promotions, and represented his sponsors at such high-profile events as the Tokyo Motor Show, the North American International Auto Show, the Los Angeles Auto Show and at SEMA.

    Spencer Low passed away in 2019.

    Off-Road Career Highlights

    Championships and key race wins (as driver):

    • 1983 MTEG Grand National Title

    • 1984 HDRA Class 7S Championship

    • 1985 SCORE/HDRA Class 7S Championship (first year as Nissan factory driver)

    • 1986 SCORE/HDRA Class 7S Championship

    • 1987 Riverside Off-Road Grand Prix Mini Metal Challenge Champion

    • 1987 SCORE Class 7S Championship

    • 1988 SODA Class 7 Championship

    • 1989 SODA Class 7 Championship

    • 1992 SODA Class 7 Championship

    • Multi-time Mint 400 Class 7S Champion

    • Winner of the Baja 1000 in Class 7S with Nissan Hardbody Pickup

    Awards and Accolades

    • 1985 SCORE/HDRA Toyota True Grit Award

    • 1986 SCORE/HDRA Toyota True Grit Award

    • 1987 Overall Winner of the Veronica Strand Beach Race (Holland)

    • 1987 Nominated to the prestigious All-American Team by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association

    • 1990 Class 7 Champion at Guam’s Smokin’ Wheels competition