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NEWS RELEASE

Clark Collins Inducted into Hall of Fame

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Greg Mumm
       Phone: 208-237-1008 ext 101
       E-mail: brgreg@sharetrails.org
       Date: August 26, 2006

ACCESS PIONEER INDUCTED INTO OFF-ROAD HALL OF FAME

RENO, NV (August 26, 2006) - A long-time champion for responsible access to public lands, Clark Collins was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) at the 2006 Induction Ceremony.  Clark, co-founder of the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), was chosen for this honor by a unanimous vote of the ORMHOF nominating committee based on a nomination from the American Sand Association (ASA).

Clark started the BRC, a national recreation organization, to counter the growing anti-access efforts of extreme environmental groups and their political allies.  His goals were to make the off-road community become "politically significant" and to promote responsible recreational use of public and private lands.  One of his "significant" goals was achieved in 1991 when the Symm's National Recreation Trail Fund Act was signed into law by President George Bush.   

Clark served as the BRC's Executive Director from 1988 to 2006.   Under his leadership, BRC has grown nationwide to include over 1,100 member organizations and businesses representing approximately 600,000 recreationists.

The 2006 Induction Ceremony was held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 26, 2006 in Gallery Four at the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) in Reno, Nevada. Clark could not make the ceremony, but his good friend and BRC partner, Don Amador received the award in Clark's behalf.

Don Amador, BlueRibbon Coalition Western Representative (c) received the award in Clark's absence.

Left to right: Bob Bower, Mark McMillan, Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, Don Amador, Bob Hamm and Sal Fish, the 2006 Inductees.

The American Sand Association selected Del Albright, BlueRibbon Ambassador, to present the award to Clark on behalf of the entire ASA Board of Directors. Del spoke of Clark's passion to drive BlueRibbon to be the champions of responsible multiple use, and how the Off Road Hall of Fame represents a passion for motorsports.

Jack Welch, president of the BlueRibbon Coalition said, "I am proud that Clark has been recognized by the ORMHOF for his numerous and significant contributions to the off-road community.  For many years, Clark worked tirelessly to champion responsible use of public lands and to build an organization that could defeat anti-access groups who had targeted our activity for elimination."

"Clark received many awards during his tenure at the BRC but to be selected for this honor will most assuredly be the high mark of his distinguished career," Welch added. 


BlueRibbon Coalition Founder, Clark Collins doing one of the things he loves...Photo by Rita Collins.

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