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Larry Ragland Brings 'Arnold' Out of Retirement for 2024 NORRA Mexican 1000, Announces His Retirement

Larry Ragland Brings 'Arnold' Out of Retirement for 2024 NORRA Mexican 1000, Announces His Retirement

May 4, 2024 -- Cabo San Lucas, Baja Sur

Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee and 5-time SCORE International Baja 1000 Trophy Truck overall winner "Lightning" Larry Ragland capped a remarkable career in off-road racing by bringing his winning Nelson & Nelson truck, known as "Arnold", out of retirement for one last race down the Baja Peninsula at the 2024 NORRA Mexican 1000. 

Larry Ragland and co-driver Preston Schmid airing out the legendary Nelson & Nelson truck "Arnold" during Day 1 of the NORRA 2024 Mexican 1000, eighteen years after it last raced in 2006.  Photo credit: NORRA/STEEL-IT.



Larry and co-driver Preston Schmid won the Historic Truck and Truggy Class, and Larry was presented with the ORMHOF "Leyenda de la Baja" (Legend of Baja) award. Photo credit: Eric Cornwell


Photo credit: Kelly Ragland


Photo credit: Erik Cornwell

While accepting the ORMHOF Leyenda de la Baja award, Larry announced his retirement from off-road racing.  "My goal was to do one more race with it (Arnold) on my 80th birthday," Larry said, "and that was last year. Now I'm 81. I love this truck. It's really made all my memories down here. We've both had our last race."

Larry Ragland receives a standing ovation from the crowd as he announces his retirement from off-road racing. Thank you to ORMHOF supporter Erik Cornwell for this video.


Larry Ragland was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2016. The ORMHOF Class of 2024 will be announced this summer and celebrated at Off-Road's Biggest Night of the Year, the ORMHOF 2024 Induction & Awards Gala on Sunday, November 3 at the South Point in Las Vegas.  Tickets go on sale in June.  Information on the 2024 Gala, including sponsorship details, are available here


A look back at a remarkable off-road career. Larry Ragland, thanks for the memories!


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