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Dean Bulloch

Dean Bulloch has been involved in the racing world for most of his life, starting in the 1970s with motocross, snowmobile drags and cross country racing. In 1978 he opened a powersports dealership in Utah, D&P Performance. In the 1980s, Dean and his team dominated the motorcycle trials bikes national series. Over 40+ years of racing, he has 184 wins.

Dean Bulloch flying high at the Ultra4 Stampede in Reno, Nevada. David Taylor photo.
Dean Bulloch (center) and his Team Wildcat Racing teammates Karl Munford and Stacey Pike in 2015. RCH Designs photo.
After rebuilding D&P Performance, Dean (center) returned to racing in 2017 with teammates Terra Hagel and Karl Munford. Photo by Ryan Hagel.
A nice build out of Dean’s D&P Performance.

    In 1991, Dean built a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag bike, winning the Pro ET NHRA/Winston Series. He continued his success on the track in 1992, winning multiple “Wallys”, the highest honor in NHRA, named for the Association’s founder, Wally Parks. Dean was also awarded the Sportsman of the Year award for helping anyone and everyone. “This almost meant more to me than winning the championship,” Dean said.

    In 1998 Dean built a rock buggy and never looked back. With over 80 rock crawling wins, 16 Pro National titles and five world rock crawling championships, these are the achievements that set Dean on a path to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.

    With the birth of Ultra4 Racing and King of the Hammers in 2007, Dean decided it was time to go fast, so he built a 4400 unlimited buggy that could race both the desert and rocks, competing in several King of the Hammers races and both the Ultra4 Racing and Best in the Desert series.

    In 2012, Arctic Cat came out with the Wildcat 1000 and Dean immediately started building one for King of the Hammers, which he won. That set Dean on a new course, and Team Wildcat Racing was born. That same year, Dean started another company, Wildcat Willy’s, which builds custom race UTVs and develops aftermarket UTV parts and accessories. In 2015 Arctic Cat released the Wildcat Sport 700, which Dean and his Team Wildcat Racing took to six WORC titles and two world championships.

    In 2016, D&P Performance suffered a devastating fire that completely destroyed the facility. Dean put his racing on hold for nine long months to rebuild his shop into a state of the art facility.

    In 2018, Dean took delivery of four Arctic Cat Wildcat XX models. He built one into a rock crawler, two into short course cars, and one into a desert car. The team had great success that year, including a win at the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race, the longest off-road race in North America.

    In 2019, Dean decided that his time in the driver’s seat had come to an end. He retired from racing but remains involved as a team owner. When he’s not enjoying riding for fun on his ranch, he spends time promoting and marketing the off-road industry. He enjoys teaching people how to ride and drive safely off-road and how to correctly tackle each obstacle.

    “There are a lot of things that have brought me great honor during my years of racing,” says Dean, “but what really stands out is the great friendships I have gained. These are friendships that will last a lifetime.”

    Learn more about ORMHOF inductee Dean Bulloch in this Conversations with Big Rich podcast:

    2:11 – What I really wanted, and how hard I worked for it

    7:16 –You passed, so what?

    8:56 – I used my paycheck for parts

    12:56 – You better be careful throwing out a challenge to Dean

    15:32 – The beginning of a long and fruitful friendship

    19:07 – hash marks before GPS

    22:25 – From trials bike to drag bikes

    25:50 – no one is going to taunt me now

    36:12 – we flipped for it

    42:23 – hold my beer, the water is getting deep

    51:36 –The Discovery channel takes up residence

    55:15 – Clicking together

    57:47 – new car blues

    1:00:53 – the start of KOH

    1:08:51 – September 21, 2012, the accident that changed everything

    1:12:48 – Polaris vs. Artic Cat

    1:17:33 – a big to-do at Horsepower Ranch

    1:23:54 – the importance of Dean’s nomination to ORMHOF