Hall of Fame Inductee - 2008
Perhaps best known for his co-starring role in Bruce Brown’s 1970’s classic motorcycle epic, On Any Sunday with Steve McQueen, Malcolm Smith has been racing motorcycles off-road from a very young age. Malcolm was one of the world’s premier off-road motorcycle racers, winning eight gold medals between 1966 and 1976 in the International Six Day Trials, the European cross-country event considered the Olympics of motorcycling. Malcolm is also a six-time winner – three times on a motorcycle and three times in a car – of the Baja 1000, off-road racing’s version of the Indy 500; a four-time winner of the Baja 500; a two-time winner of the Mint 400; and a two-time winner of the Roof of Africa Rallye. As a tune-up for the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1987 he won the 1987 Rallye D’Atlas in Morocco in an off-road buggy.
Besides racing, Malcolm owns Malcolm Smith Motorsports, a large dealership and off-road accessory store in Riverside, California. Additionally, Smith is owner of Malcolm Smith Racing, where he develops and produces apparel, helmets and safety gear. Through MSR, Smith has introduced many European products into the U.S. Market.
Malcolm’s newest endeavor, Malcolm Smith Adventures, Inc. grew out of the numerous requests Malcolm had to lead motorcyclists down the Baja peninsula, traversing some of the legendary Baja 1000 trails. This annual charity event has grown to include 75 riders and support crew and has spawned several smaller rides in North and South America. To date the annual Six Days of Baja ride has contributed over $50,000 to orphanages in Mexico.