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In Their Own Words: Audio Series Featuring Hall of Fame Inductees Added to ORMHOF Digital Archives

In Their Own Words: Audio Series Featuring Hall of Fame Inductees Added to ORMHOF Digital Archives

"I've got one more story I have to tell, it happened in Mexico..." -- Frank 'Butch' Arciero

In their own words: ORMHOF inductees share their stories in off-road with ORMHOF board member 'Big Rich' Klein and his Conversations with Big Rich podcast. 

Conversations with Big Rich is an interview-style podcast.  "Being involved in off-road is a lifestyle, not just a job," says Big Rich.  "We discuss inductees personal histories, struggles, successes, and reboots. We dive into what drives them to stay active in off-road."

"If you're in the air, you can't accelerate, you can't stop, and you can't steer." -- Bob Bower

Rich started his podcast series in 2020 and has recorded over two hundred podcasts interviewing people in the off-road industry, with thirty interviews featuring Hall of Fame inductees.  Each podcast is approximately one hour in length.  

"The Hall of Fame is fortunate to have Rich on the board of directors," said chairman Mark McMillin, "He is documenting the history of the sport of off-road through his interviews with ORMHOF inductees."

"Hold my beer, the water is getting deep!" -- Dean Bulloch

"We built the first Blazer and sold the name to Chevrolet." -- Brian Chuchua

The podcasts featuring Hall of Fame inductees are cataloged under a new Audio category of the ORMHOF digital archives and are available on the Hall of Fame website under the Collections tab.  "We invite everyone to explore and enjoy the ORMHOF digital collections," Mark McMillin said. 

In addition to over 2,000 minutes of Audio, the ORMHOF digital collections feature more than 25,500 pages of print, 5,300 images, and over 7,800 minutes of video. New content is added as funds become available.  Mark McMillin explained, "Hall of Fame members, partners, and donors make it all possible."

"The runway is like a worm, but don't worry, the pilots have some vodka before they land." -- Chris Collard

"I needed a hell of a brake system to get enough power to stop the vehicle with my arms." -- Evan Evans

The inductees who have been interviewed have their Conversations with Big Rich podcast embedded on their ORMHOF inductee page and can be accessed for listening without leaving the ORMHOF website.  Conversations with Big Rich is also available on major podcast platforms including Spotify, Google Podcasts, YouTube, and Apple Podcasts.

New Conversations with Big Rich podcasts are added each week. "I hope to shed some light on how to find a path into this world that we live and love, and call off-road," says Rich.

About Rich Klein

Richard C Klein II, or "Big Rich" as he is known, first came to love the off-road lifestyle after visiting the Rubicon in 1982, and in his words, he was hooked. As a 4x4 enthusiast, he has owned many off-road 4x4 vehicles. Wheeling all over the country he has made off-road a lifestyle for more than 40 years. 

1998-1999 Color Country 4x4 Club president (Cedar City, Utah)

1999-2000 Volunteer judge and coordinator for American Rock Crawlers Association (ARCA)

2001 Founded CalROCS, promoted the first event at Lake Amador, CA

2002 Held "Carnage for the CON" at Donner Ski Resort, CA, with proceeds to Del Albright and Friends of the Rubicon

2004 Started Rubicon Trail Patrol 

2001-2009 Active in trail work with Friends of the Rubicon and participated in many trail clean-up days on the Rubicon.  Attended Rubicon planning meetings and was a volunteer driver during multi-agency field trips on the Rubicon

2006 Handed Trail Patrol over to Ken Hower and Scott Emmons

2002-2005 Owner/Promoter of Valley Off-Road Racing Association (VORRA), worked with, and fought with, the BLM, and worked with California State Parks at Prairie City OHV as a race promoter.

2005 Went through the NEPA process with BLM to open Moon Rocks in Nevada for competitive rock crawling

2005 Changed the name of CalROCS to WERock Events. WERock is still active after 24 years and more than 300 events.

2007 Assisted with the foundation of King of the Hammers with WERock becoming the Sanctioning Body and running tech. Worked KOH as trail general on Chocolate Thunder, worked for KOH dealing with racers and BLM officials, and spectator control.

2011-2019 started and ran Dirt Riot Endurance Racing as a feeder series for King of the Hammers and a training ground for racers.

2016-present Course official and competition review committee for Rebelle Rally

2017-present Publisher of 4Low Magazine, an off-road enthusiast print magazine

2020 Created "Conversations with Big Rich" podcast, a history of off-road by those who live the lifestyle, currently at 205 weekly episodes. Conversations with Big Rich website.

About the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame

The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame was established in 1978 by racing promoter and NORRA founder Ed Pearlman to recognize and honor those individuals and organizations whose lifelong contributions to off-road motorsports have set a standard for others to follow. In 1995, legendary off-road racer Rod Hall became ORMHOF chairman, a position he held for more than twenty years, before selecting current chairman Mark McMillin as his successor.

The mission of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame is to educate and inspire present and future generations of the off-road community by celebrating the achievements of those who came before.  Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees represent excellence and achievement in many areas of off-road, including advocacy, journalism, industry, rock sports, desert racing, short course, and rally.  

ORMHOF maintains a collection of vintage off-road vehicles that are displayed at museums around the country, as well as an extensive online archive of print, images, video, and now audio, with more content added as funds become available.  The Hall of Fame Off-Road Registry invites clubs, organizations, events, businesses, and individuals with fifty years or more of history in off-road to apply for Hall of Fame heritage status in the official archives of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. 

The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame is funded through donations, individual memberships, and industry partners. A 501c non-profit organization, ORMHOF has earned a GuideStar Non-Profit Gold Seal of Transparency for 2024.

ORMHOF is guided by an all-volunteer board of leaders in the off-road community, including chairman Mark McMillin and board members Frank ‘Butch’ Arciero Jr, Dave Cole, Frank DeAngelo, Bud Feldkamp, Jeff Furrier, Bob Ham, Josh Hall, Gary Haugley, Rich Klein, Rafael Navarro III, Fardad Niknam, Bonnie Vessels, and Rory Ward.

To support the Hall of Fame, please join, partner, or donate today. Legends live at ormhof.org.

Posted: May, 2024

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