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Get to Know the Quiet Warrior, ORMHOF Inductee Don Amador

Get to Know the Quiet Warrior, ORMHOF Inductee Don Amador

Don has worked tirelessly through the grassroots, administrative, legal, and political processes to promote and protect our access to responsible OHV recreation on public lands, and to make sure the competitive as well as recreational off-road activities will live on forever. Don was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2016.

Leading by example is Don's motto.  He works to empower the local off-roaders to help shape their own trail destiny. He spends countless hours in meetings, orchestrating conference calls on a national level, and bringing enthusiasts into a new light of understanding how land use advocacy, racing, and off-roading in general all come together in the efforts to politically save our access for off-road events and recreation.

Don has designed strategies on a national level to combat unnecessary restrictions on off-road sports. He has ridden thousands of miles of roads and trails to better understand the needs of enthusiasts who love motorsports. 

Don has been appointed to serve on many State and National boards and commissions as an advisor on off-road issues.

Recognized by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 36 with their highest honor, the Jim Hutzler Award, Don sets the standard for keeping off-road motorcycle sports alive and well, from the halls of Washington DC to the local dirt tracks around the country.

Don in Washington D.C. on his way to testify on behalf of off-road access.

Founder of the Trail Political Action Committee (TPAC), Don Amador has broken new ground and initiated huge accomplishments in getting off-road motorsports in front of political candidates and national leaders. Don established the TPAC as the first national non-partisan political action committee dedicated solely to championing responsible off-highway recreation on designated roads, trails, and areas on public lands through the electoral and legislative process.

Don testifying at the California State Senate on behalf of off-road access.

Don embodies the spirit of off-road motorsports with his unending energy and dedication to keeping off-road enthusiasts engaged in the political, administrative, and legislative processes to keep motorsports going for all. He maintains websites for his primary consulting company, Quiet Warrior Racing, and the TPAC, as well as blogs on a regular basis, informing off-road enthusiasts on key issues that affect them.


5:24 – The happiest day of my life being a Native Californian was moving back to Northern California

12:00 – I guess my activism scared a couple of board members, so I got uninvited from the board                                

16:23 – I was appointed by Pete Wilson in ’94 to be on the OHV Commission of State Parks 

22:30 – Moving from unmanaged to managed recreation has really benefited OHV on a national scale

30:53 – A lot of our offroad opportunities occur at the local level with decisions made by local land managers



Rich Klein has recorded more than 170 episodes of his popular podcast series, Conversations with Big Rich, which is available on major streaming services.  Rich is also the publisher of 4LOW Magazine and promoter of the W.E. Rock rock crawling series.  He was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. 


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