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OHV Community Mourns Loss of Rubicon Legend, Mark Smith

June 09, 2014 11:28 PM
Mark A. Smith

Mark A. Smith

POCATELLO, ID (June 9, 2014) -- The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) joins the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) community, and the four-wheeling enthusiasts of California in particular, in mourning the loss of Rubicon legend, Mark A. Smith.

Mark passed away on June 8, 2014, and he is already sorely missed. 

Mark was the founder of the Jeep Jamboree USA. He is considered to be the creator of rock crawling. He was a bold adventurer, who crossed the Darian Gap in a '76 CJ Jeep on 33 inch tires.

In 1980, Mark was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame and is thought by some to be guy who started "jeeping" back in 1953 with the first ever organized Jeep trip on the Rubicon Trail.

He was a charter member and supporter of the Friends of the Rubicon (FOTR) and a man who leaves behind an incredible, lasting legacy that will never be forgotten.

"Mark was instrumental in the very beginning of Friends of the Rubicon (FOTR) and our work to keep this iconic trail open to all, forever," said Del Albright, BRC's Director of Operations. "His camp fire stories and knowledge of the Jeep brand, as well as four-wheeling in general, will always be a treasure to remember and pass on."

BRC President John "JP" Parrinello said, "I would like to thank Mark for what he has done for the sport and jeeping in general and specifically the infamous Rubicon Trail." Looking back on the man who had so much impact on the sport of four-wheeling, Parrinello recalls, "I had the pleasure to meet with Mark a few times in the past, but one occasion that stands out was many years ago at the Mohawk Trail Jamboree in Charlemont, Massachusetts."

Rest in peace, Mark.  We will never forget.

More on Jeep Jamboree USA.


The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well -- all sports; all trails.  With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BLUERIB -  www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org.

May 31, 2016 3:24 PM
Some of the many historic OHV routes in the Pine Nut Mountains

BOISE, ID (May 31, 2016) -- Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, today slammed recent decisions that would severely restrict off-highway vehicle (OHV) events and trail improvements in many areas in eastern California and Nevada.  The changes, in the name of sage grouse management, were demanded by a handful of preservationist special interest groups.

November 23, 2015 3:16 PM
Associated Image

MISSOULA, MT (November 23, 2015) --Various organizations, led by the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Club, have filed a lawsuit challenging U.S. Forest Service planning efforts on the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests.  The complaint, filed on November 12, 2015, in federal court for the U.S.

November 23, 2015 10:38 AM

POCATELLO, ID (November 23, 2015) – Early last week, the BlueRibbon Coalition/ joined with other recreation groups in a letter sent to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in support of a balanced approach to managing public lands as part of the Moab Master Leasing Plan.

The letter addressed to BLM serves as formal comments from OHV stakeholders.  It also represents an effort between motorized and non-motorized recreation groups working together for the protection of outdoor recreation resources on public lands.

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