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Company Description: The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame has been established to recognize and honor those individuals and organizations whose lifelong contributions to off-road...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Sand Sports

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Welcome to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame - ORMHOF
www.ormhof.com, 8 Feb 2014 [cached]
Larry Minor
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Larry Minor started his career in Sand Sports during a Jeep trip to the Glamis Sand Dunes on Thanksgiving weekend 1959. At the time Larry's jeep was a CJ-6 with a shortened wheelbase. On the way back from Glamis, he blew a motor which led to the installation of a small block and the first of many Chevy powered Jeeps.
In 1962 Larry joined the Hemet Jeep Club and became active in competitive racing. In 1963 he won a major event, the New Year's Buttercup meet, running a 409 Chevy motor in the Jeep. During the next two years Larry won a number of Top Eliminator races in the 409 Jeep in Bakersfield, San Jacinto, Pismo, Glamis and Fallon, NV.
In 1965, the California Four-Wheel Drive Association (CA4WDC), the organization responsible for the rules that governed 4-WD sand competition at the time, released a new set of rules that restricted engine sizes. Working with fellow Hemet Jeep Club member, Harry Bushert, who was also on the board of the CA4WDC, Larry proposed the addition of an un-limited 4-WD class.
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The new class was accepted by the board and in 1966 Larry introduced the first fiberglass 4-WD Jeep powered by a 352 cubic inch S/B Chevy with a 6-71 Blower running on a mixture of nitro-methane fuel. Taking a page from the folklore of the day, Larry named the beast "Flower Power" and the Jeep dominated the unlimited class for the next four years. In 1971 Larry had Herman Booy of San Jacinto, CA construct rear engine Top Fuel dragster and funny car frames to help keep him on the leading edge of the competition.
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When organized off-road racing got started in the late 60's, Minor was successful in that venue as well. In 1967 he teamed up with Rod Hall to win the inaugural NORRA Mexican 1000 in a stock 4-WD Jeep. The Hall/Minor team was the first 4-WD to cross the finish line that year and teamed up again in 69 in a Bill Stroppe prepared Bronco. This time the pair won the race overall and remains the only 4-WD truck to ever win the Mexican (Baja) 1000 event overall in a 4-WD truck. Minor also took class wins at the National 4-WD Grand Prix in 1967/68 and in 71 teamed up with Jack Bayer behind the wheel of Bill Stroppe's Bronco Pony race truck and took class wins at the Baja 500, the Mint 400 and a number of other major off-road racing events during the early 70's.
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In 1978 Minor decided to go asphalt racing and built Top Fuel and Funny Car teams to compete in NHRA racing.
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As remarkable as this was to accomplish, dominating the competition seems to be business as usual in any form of racing for Larry Minor. In 1999 , Larry returned to Sand Sports with a 2-WD tube frame, Fiberglass Jeep for racing and recreational dune riding.
Welcome to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame - ORMHOF
www.ormhof.com, 8 Feb 2014 [cached]
Larry Minor of San Jacinto, Calif.: Sand Sports. As a member of the Hemet Jeep Club since 1961, Larry Minor became interested in competitive San Drag racing and in 1963 he won the Butter Cup Meet driving a Chevy 409 powered Jeep. In the year that followed, Minor won numerous top eliminator titles at Pismo Dunes; Bakersfield; Fallon, Nevada; Glamis Dunes and San Jacinto, Calif. In 1965, the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, which made the rules for four-wheel racing, introduced a new set of rules that restricted engine sizes. Working with Harry Buchert, a CA4WDC board member, Minor succeeded in gaining approval for an unlimited 4WD class and in 1966 he built the first fiberglass four-wheel drive competition Jeep. Named "Flower Power," the new Jeep was powered by a 350 cubic inch small block Chevy powerplant with a 6-71 blower to help it breath. Using a nitro methane fuel mixture for the first time in 4WD competition, Minor went on to win numerous competition events with this famous Jeep. He had Sand Drag legend, Herman Bouy, build rear engined dragster and funny car frames and using top fuel 500 cubic inch aluminum Hemis in the sand diggers, dominated unlimited sand racing well into the 1970's. In 1967 Minor teamed with Rod Hall to win the first NORRA Mexican 1000.
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A long-time resident of San Jacinto, Cailf., Herman has worked as a builder and mechanic for Roger Mears and Larry Minor, among others.
Welcome to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame - ORMHOF
www.ormhof.com, 26 June 2011 [cached]
Larry Minor
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Larry Minor started his career in Sand Sports during a Jeep trip to the Glamis Sand Dunes on Thanksgiving weekend 1959. At the time Larry's jeep was a CJ-6 with a shortened wheelbase. On the way back from Glamis, he blew a motor which led to the installation of a small block and the first of many Chevy powered Jeeps. In 1962 Larry joined the Hemet Jeep Club and became active in competitive racing. In 1963 he won a major event, the New Year's Buttercup meet, running a 409 Chevy motor in the Jeep. During the next two years Larry won a number of Top Eliminator races in the 409 Jeep in Bakersfield, San Jacinto, Pismo, Glamis and Fallon, NV.
In 1965, the California Four-Wheel Drive Association (CA4WDC), the organization responsible for the rules that governed 4-WD sand competition at the time, released a new set of rules that restricted engine sizes. Working with fellow Hemet Jeep Club member, Harry Bushert, who was also on the board of the CA4WDC, Larry proposed the addition of an un-limited 4-WD class.
...
The new class was accepted by the board and in 1966 Larry introduced the first fiberglass 4-WD Jeep powered by a 352 cubic inch S/B Chevy with a 6-71 Blower running on a mixture of nitro-methane fuel. Taking a page from the folklore of the day, Larry named the beast "Flower Power" and the Jeep dominated the unlimited class for the next four years.
In 1971 Larry had Herman Booy of San Jacinto, CA construct rear engine Top Fuel dragster and funny car frames to help keep him on the leading edge of the competition.
...
When organized off-road racing got started in the late 60's, Minor was successful in that venue as well. In 1967 he teamed up with Rod Hall to win the inaugural NORRA Mexican 1000 in a stock 4-WD Jeep. The Hall/Minor team was the first 4-WD to cross the finish line that year and teamed up again in 69 in a Bill Stroppe prepared Bronco. This time the pair won the race overall and remains the only 4-WD truck to ever win the Mexican (Baja) 1000 event overall in a 4-WD truck. Minor also took class wins at the National 4-WD Grand Prix in 1967/68 and in 71 teamed up with Jack Bayer behind the wheel of Bill Stroppe's Bronco Pony race truck and took class wins at the Baja 500, the Mint 400 and a number of other major off-road racing events during the early 70's.
...
In 1978 Minor decided to go asphalt racing and built Top Fuel and Funny Car teams to compete in NHRA racing.
...
As remarkable as this was to accomplish, dominating the competition seems to be business as usual in any form of racing for Larry Minor.
In 1999 , Larry returned to Sand Sports with a 2-WD tube frame, Fiberglass Jeep for racing and recreational dune riding.
Welcome to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame - ORMHOF
www.offroadmotorsportshalloffame.com, 8 Jan 2007 [cached]
Larry Minor
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