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Don Amador
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Don Amador

Don Amador has been in the trail advocacy and recreation management profession for over 33 years.  Don is President of Quiet Warrior Racing/Consulting. Don is Past President/CEO and current board member of the Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance. Don served as a contractor to the BlueRibbon Coalition from 1996 until June, 2018. Don served on the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission from 1994-2000. He has won numerous awards including being a 2016 Inductee into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame and the 2018 Friend of the AMA Award. Don served as the government affairs lead for AMA District 36 in Northern California from 2019 – 2023. Don is a Core-Team member on FireScape Mendocino and is a contributor to Dealernews Magazine. Don writes from his home in Cottonwood, California.

Don has worked tirelessly through the grass roots, administrative, legal and political processes to promote and protect our access to responsible OHV recreation on public lands, to make sure the competitive as well as recreational off-road activities will live on forever. His goal is to lead by example and to empower the local off-roader to help shape their own trail destiny. He spends countless hours in meetings, orchestrating conference calls on a national level, and bringing enthusiasts into a new light of understanding how land use advocacy, racing and off-roading in general all come together in the efforts to politically save our access for off-road events and recreation.

Recognized by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 36 with their highest honor, the Jim Hutzler Award, Don sets the standard for keeping off-road motorcycle sports alive and well, from the halls of Washington DC to the local dirt tracks around the country.

Founder of the Trail Political Action Committee (TPAC), Don Amador has broken new ground and initiated huge accomplishments in getting off-road motorsports in front of political candidates and national leaders. Don established the TPAC as the first national non-partisan political action committee dedicated solely to championing responsible off-highway recreation on designated roads, trails and areas on public lands through the electoral and legislative process.

Don embodies the spirit of off-road motorsports with his unending energy and dedication in keeping off-road enthusiasts engaged in the political, administrative and legislative processes to keep motorsports going for all. He maintains websites for his primary consulting company, Quiet Warrior Racing, and the TPAC, as well as blogs on a regular basis, informing off-road enthusiasts on key issues that affect them.

He attends countless meetings, writes official comment letters on hundreds of issues every year, blogs nearly daily on off-road issues and updates, and sets a standard for other land use activists to follow. Don took his dedication further a few years back and ran for Congress (unsuccessfully, but he learned a lot). He also served as Chairman for the State of California Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission. Don leads; Don does; Don doesn’t just talk about it.

Don has designed strategies on a national level to combat unnecessary restrictions on off-road sports. He has ridden thousands of miles of roads and trails to better understand the needs of enthusiasts who love motorsports. Over the past 25 years, Don has written and prepared comments and letters for groups like Share Trails/Blue Ribbon Coalition, the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, and the American Motorcyclist Association. His mastery of the administrative, legislative, and political processes that make this country run is unmatched in the off-road world. Don truly belongs in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.

By Del Albright

Learn more about ORMHOF inductee Don Amador in this Conversations with Big Rich podcast:

Don Amador has been a land user for a lifetime, and a land use warrior for almost as long. Don was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2016. 

5:24 – The happiest day of my life being a Native Californian was moving back to Northern California

12:00 – I guess my activism scared a couple of board members, so I got uninvited from the board                                

16:23 – I was appointed by Pete Wilson in ’94 to be on the OHV Commission of State Parks 

22:30 – Moving from unmanaged to managed recreation has really benefited OHV on a national scale

30:53 – A lot of our offroad opportunities occur at the local level with decisions made by local land managers