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Ray Moon

Ray Moon

Ray Moon served as a land access advocate for motorized off-road users throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He worked with local and state governments to maintain land access.

Moon was born in 1946 in New York. His mother moved him and his three brothers to California in 1962 after their father passed away. His mother bought an interest in Prado Sports Cycles, a Corona based motorcycle shop. The Moon boys grew up riding dirt bikes in the Riverside area. Moon raced a bit too as a young man taking part in sport car events driving a Volvo.

In 1968 Moon went to Viet Nam serving in the Army for the Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV). There he drove his first Jeep and had to figure out himself how to put the vehicle into four wheel drive after getting it into nine inch deep jungle mud. After he completed his tour of duty he returned to Riverside, California. In 1969 Moon once again hopped in behind the wheel of a Jeep. He spent time touring the back road of California and became involved with his local club. Seeing the need to keep the trails open he began working with the California Association of Four-Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC). There he worked to maintain and obtain better land user rights. The CA4WDC elected him their Conservation Chairman. In the position he worked with other off-road user groups such as hikers, rock hounds, motorcyclists and RVers to keep access. They worked together on conservation projects such as desert clean ups, rehabilitating natural springs, closing open mine shafts and protecting petroglyphs and pictographs. In 1977 the CA4WDC elected him their Vice President for a two year term, in 1980 he became their President.

Source: Author Interview with Ray Moon, June 2006.

Learn more about ORMHOF inductee Ray Moon in this Conversations with Big Rich podcast:

A warrior in all respects, Ray Moon fought in Vietnam and continued fighting for our rights when he returned. Land warriors were as important in the beginning as they are now. Ray was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1979. Ray is why we say; legends live at  

3:12 – I had my first encounter with a Jeep in Vietnam and I didn’t know how to drive the damn thing 

7:41 – It worked out very well, the military structure, I got it, I grew up.             

16:29 – I live in Simi Valley now and volunteer at the Reagan Library, the Presidential Library 

29:11 – PTSD is what they call it today, and we all have problems with that, I was no different.

35:43 – I became the conservation chairman for Cal Four Wheel Drive

41:23 – There was a woman who was so happy we were closed down so she could take her Buick out and enjoy the posies, and the BLM guy was like, no, if we restrict them, we restrict you.

47:16 – We wanted to take a reasonable attitude toward all that.

53:51 – You don’t go into any of this stuff for the glory.