His 1980 SCORE Baja 1000 win, which was featured on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, was a part of that effort. Through his involvement with the “American Thunder” program, Scoop brought his long-time relationship with BFGoodrich into an alliance with Chevrolet and Mobile Oil. Not only did the resulting media machine represent his program on and off the track but it’s success motivated other companies and drivers to model their off-road racing programs in similar fashion. Scoop is one of the true pioneers who helped take the sport from it’s infancy into the modern era of corporate support and wide audience recognition.
ORMHOF is honored to be the caretaker for two legendary off-road vehicles that carried the iconic Vessels Stallion Farm logo, both donated by Cameron Thieriot. These vehicles are on loan to major automotive museums around the United States to further the Hall of Fame's mission to educate and inspire present and future generations of the off-road community by celebrating the achievements of those who came before. A wonderful tribute to Frank 'Scoop' Vessels.
Learn more about ORMHOF Legacy Inductee Frank 'Scoop' Vessels in this Conversations with Big Rich Podcast:
6:06 – That kid’s got a head like a scoop shovel!
9:29 – he passed being jockey-size when he was 12 years old
16:32 – that’s what got him into desert was his dad getting him off the streets
19:15 – the pride of knowing he had done it on his own
22:58– slower is smoother, which protects the car
33:26 – in order to succeed, you couldn’t have a hiccup and forget a tree or a cactus or a rock
46:23 – you couldn’t tell Mike (Mike’s Sky Ranch) no, if he wanted to show you a secondary route, he was going to show you
51:53 – they’d flown into weather, he iced up, lost a wing, and it spiraled down on a cattle ranch