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Johnny Campbell
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Johnny Campbell

A record 11 SCORE Baja 1000 titles and an incredible 17 Baja 1000 wins in a row are just two of a long list of impressive statistics that solidify Johnny Campbell’s rightful place in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.

    Johnny is the son of a hard working father, John Campbell Sr, who ran a grading business in San Clemente, California. John enjoyed racing on the weekends, and although he passed away when Johnny was still a teenager, his legacy of hard work and love for racing shaped the man and champion his son would become.

    In 1989 Baja came calling.  Johnny pre-ran the Baja 1000 with Craig Adams, on a borrowed XR350.  The next year he entered his first race, the San Felipe 250. In 1991, Johnny teamed up with champion Baja racer and Honda factory rider Bruce Ogilvie. “It started as pit support and small conversations, and he saw some raw talent in me; a guy who was young and hungry to win with some desire. Bruce called me in 1992 and asked me to ride his Honda XR600 and we finished second overall that year at the SCORE Baja 1000.”

    The relationship with Ogilvie and Honda shaped Johnny’s career for decades to come, leading to an impressive list of championships and major wins.

    Learn more about ORMHOF inductee Johnny Campbell in this Conversations with Big Rich Podcast:

    Johnny Campbell, 11-time Baja Champion. Johnny has raced, supported, and managed the American Honda team. A fun listen, Johnny shares stories from around the world. Johnny was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2018. 

    9:17 – At a local level, I had a couple number one plates. I had a few mentors, I was always following them and watching what they were doing 

    13:13 – I was 21 when I finally got noticed by American Honda, and a guy who became my absolute hero and mentor             

    24:26 – Bruce was super humble, super organized, super smart 

    31:32 – We were professional at pre-running and racing and following ribbons and arrows, but we were novices at trying to navigate off a roadbook

    41:57 – I call it 11 time, 17 gives people the illusion I rode it all

    53:35 – We’ve built a program around Rancho Santa Maria, the school and orphanage that every year we do an event called the Baja Beach Bash

    59:56 – ORMHOF was a really big point in my career; I think as a racer, it’s more than just racing, it’s how have you impacted the sport?

    CHAMPIONSHIPS

    • SCORE Desert Series Class 22 (Open Pro) – 1997-2000, 2002-08
    • Best in the Desert (Silver State Open Pro) – 1995, 2000, 2004-05
    • AMA District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix Series – 1995-96, 2000, 2003
    • AMA District 37 Best of the West Series – 1996
    • AMA District 37 Enduro Series (Four Stroke) – 1995
    • 24-Hour Off-Road World Endurance – 1995, 1999, 2001
    • MAJOR WINS – 1ST OVERALL
    • Baja 1000 – 1997-2005, 2007-08
    • Baja 500 – 1997-98, 2002-04
    • San Felipe 250 – 1998-2000, 2002-04, 2008
    • Vegas to Reno – 2001, 2004-05, 2007
    • Terrible’s Town 250 – 2001-03, 2005
    • HYR 24 Hours of Glen Helen – 1999, 2006