PRESERVING A COLLECTION
The Judy Smith Story
In one of the more than 40 boxes of materials donated to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, we found two small clear plastic tubs filled with 35mm photo negatives. In true Judy Smith style, all were carefully labeled and organized. These negatives are the foundation of the Judy Smith Collection at the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Yes, more file cabinets! These are the Dusty Times archives, which were stored in a cargo container outside of Reno, Nevada. Judy Smith worked with Dusty Times editor Jean Calvin for many years. Both are Hall of Fame inductees. Our first immediate goal was to get the materials out of the elements into climate controlled storage. Thanks to ORMHOF volunteer Tom Heyl, pictured here, for helping!
That's Shelby Hall, dwarfed by giant boxes of Dusty Times magazines inside of the original storage container. The magazines were transferred into smaller storage boxes and moved to climate controlled storage. ORMHOF is digitizing the entire Dusty Times collection as funds become available. The preview issue and year one (1984) are available for viewing.
A sample photo from the Dusty Times archives. This one is Hall of Fame inductee Walker Evans.
More from the treasure trove of off road history in the Dusty Times archives. Rod Hall and Jim Fricker in the #410 Dodge truck. Rod was the driving force behind the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. Rod is a Hall of Fame inductee and received ORMHOF's Louis Unser Never Give Up Award. He served as chairman for many years and remained on the board until his death in 2019.
ORMHOF's Barbara Rainey with Rod Hall after a day working on the Hall of Fame archives.
Moving the Dusty Times archives from file cabinets in the storage container to file boxes and the truck, for transport to climate controlled storage. Sixteen boxes in a layer, two layers in the back of the truck , plus more boxes in the back seat.
ORMHOF's Barbara Rainey moving a box of material from the Dusty Times archives out of the cargo container and to the truck, where it will be transported to climate controlled storage.
One of many drawers of files from the Dusty Times archives donated to the Hall of Fame. Judy Smith was a reporter for Dusty Times editor Jean Calvin. Both ladies are members of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.
The Dusty Times archives are now stored in climate controlled storage, more than 50 boxes in all. Not shown are the Judy Smith archives, which have added another 40+ boxes to the collection.
Another gem from the Dusty Times archives, the Gordon Feed Company #200 of Bob and Robby Gordon. Bob Gordon was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.
Judy Smith with Brian Chuchua at Dick Landfield's birthday party in 2017. All three are Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees.
A few of Judy Smith's many awards.
Some of Judy Smith's many press credentials.
A picture of a picture on the wall in Judy Smith's home of her racing her FUNCO Hustler.
Judy Smith's husband, John Howard. John passed away in 2018.
Some of the memorabilia on display at Judy Smith and John Howard's home.
A photo of a photo on the wall of Judy Smith's home, sharing a win with the Mears Gang.
One of many drawers filled with spiral notebooks, the 'hard drives' of Judy Smith's days as a reporter.
A sample entry from one of Judy Smith's hundreds of spiral notebooks.
Judy Smith and John Howard going through one of many file cabinets holding Judy's files filled with photos, negatives, articles, event programs and magazines from her days as a reporter for Dusty Times and other publications.
A peek inside one of more than twenty file drawers of material donated to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame by Judy Smith. FAIR stands for First Association of Independent Racers, an early racing organization. Note the 'Loser' files. Judy felt that the stories that the losers told were more interesting than interviewing the winners.
Judy's race records were well organized. A folder was created for each event, which included the press kit, program, and other information...and of course her trademark spiral notebook filled with race results, interviews and stories.
Judy Smith working through the process of emptying dozens of file drawers and transferring the contents to file boxes. Judy donated her archives to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2017.
That's a wrap! Judy Smith and John Howard sit on the tailgate of the ORMHOF truck filled with the contents from Judy's archives, more than 40 boxes of materials covering the history of the sport of off-road as documented by Judy, wrapped securely and ready for the journey to Reno, Nevada and a climate controlled storage facility.
Judy Smith and her husband John Howard. Photo credit: Art Eugenio.
Two Ironwomen of the Baja 1000, Judy Smith in 1972, Kristen Matlock 45 years later, pictured at off-road's biggest night of the year, the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony in 2017. Judy is a Hall of Fame inductee, Kristen was recognized in the Motorcycle | ATV | UTV category of the Hall of Fame Impact Awards.
Judy Smith interviewing Bob Gordon. Judy was a familiar face at the finish line of just about every race. She amassed hundreds of dime-store spiral notebooks full of interviews, notes, and race results, many of which are now on display at the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inside Terrible's Hotel Casino in Jean, Nevada, just south of Las Vegas off I-15. The display of vintage vehicles and memorabilia is always open and admission is free. Photo credit: Tony Barraza.
Judy Smith in 2019 at a Checkers Party.
Judy taking a break from transferring her archives from multiple file cabinets to more than 40 file boxes that she donated to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Judy Smith in her Sandmaster buggy. From the Marty Fiolka Collection. Judy and Marty are both members of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Judy Smith talks about the early days of off-road racing with ORMHOF's Barbara Rainey, and what led to her becoming the first woman to solo (Ironwoman) the Baja 1000 in 1972, while transferring her archives from file cabinets to storage boxes to donate to the Hall of Fame. Judy's husband John appears with her in this 2017 video. John passed away in 2018.
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