Author Archives: Barbara Rainey

Curt LeDuc

Curt LeDuc brings many great effects to the off-road world, such as ingenuity, integrity and innovation. LeDuc is a self-made, grass roots champion, who has encompassed his love for the sport in to a way of life. He has raced nationally and internationally in several venues including Dakar Rally, King of the hammers, Short Course, Best in the Desert, SCORE and many other competitions. One of Curt’s favorite achievements is the Curt LeDuc Swap Meet. After sixteen years, Curt is still astounded at how popular this event is. People come from all over the US and Mexico, with numbers increasing every year. At 60, Curt is still a fierce competitor, and is not ready to stop any time soon.




Michael Gaughan

Michael Gaughan began his off-road life in a Class 2 buggy,  racing from 1969 until he stopped competing in 1991.

Michael’s greatest contribution to the industry is his patronage and advocacy. He sponsored many race teams, including Walker Evans Racing, Butch and Pat Dean Racing, Brian Collins Racing, John Gaughan Racing, and Evan Evans Racing.  Michael’s son Brendan is a successful NASCAR driver, with more than 140 top ten finishes and ten wins, in the Xfinity and Truck Series.

Over many years, Gaughan has supported numerous award banquets, and held tech inspections and contingency sponsor displays at his hotel properties, among many other supportive ventures. It has always been important to Michael to raise the level of respect for the off-road community.  Michael hosts the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at his South Point Hotel Casino and Spa in Las Vegas.

Chris Collard

Chris Collard’s achievements are not only based on awards, trophies or certificates, but in his words and photos that have been published around the world. He brings enthusiasm to the world of off-road journalism, and a high level of integrity and credibility. His coverage of events and four wheel drive adventures is authentic and inspiring. Chris has focused on telling stories, bringing off-road competition and 4WD expedition travel to the public’s front door. Print media coverage includes competitions such as the Australian Safari and Outback Challenge, Outback Challenge Morocco, and the SCORE Baja series. He was also a member of the Expeditions 7 team, which is believed to be the first American expedition to cross Antarctica by four-wheel drive vehicles.




Shannon Campbell

Shannon Campbell unknowingly started his career by winning the 1996 Four Wheeler Magazine Top Truck Challenge. He then went on to dominate various rock crawling/rock racing events, such we WERock, Dirt Riot, Best in the Desert, Ultra4 and many more. However, before these wins, Shannon realized his love for off-road motorsports and built his Jeep to conquer challenging terrain and to go places others could not. In 2002, he debuted his IFS buggy, and later by going full “Ironman” when he introduced a single seat rig. Shannon has been on the cutting edge of rock sports for nearly 20 years, and now is teaching is son, Wayland, and daughter, Bailey, the ropes of being a well-rounded person in the sport–as a driver, builder/fabricator, and big-picture thinker.




Del Albright

Del Albright has shared 35 years of wisdom, experience in leadership, and supervision to help keep public lands open to the public.  He has spent time working on trails, attending meetings, writing letters, joining and starting organizations, and meeting with elected officials to effectively save access to public lands.  While he is known for doing all of these things, in addition to being a Life Member of the California 4Wheel Drive Association, his most significant contribution to off-road motorsports sets him apart from others in land-use: educating and mentoring the OHV community.   His extensive background in leadership, supervision, and management has allowed him to mentor many other land-use advocates through his volunteer and leadership training courses and books, as well as his Volunteer Leader and Land Stewardship (VLLS) workshops.  Del has also guided smaller groups, such as 4×4 clubs, as well as  “Friends of” organizations that have modeled themselves after the Friends of the Rubicon, which Del was a principal founder of many years ago.