Induction Class of 2019
Wayne Demonja competed in Motocross, Circle Track, Drag Racing, Road Racing, and Hill Climb events in a long motorsports career, with his most important accomplishments achieved in Off-Road racing.
Robert Prilika has been involved with multiple aspects of Colorado Motorsports for more than 35 years, as a winning competitor in both road racing and oval track competition, and as a business contributor involved in the construction of several Colorado racing venues.
Born into a racing family, Rick Smith scored multiple main event wins in Sportsman, Pro Truck, Late Model, and Super Late Model classes at Colorado National Speedway, earning several division championships and sportsmanship awards as well in a 37-year career.
Ody Fellows’ 70+ year motorsports career includes success as a driver in Midget, Modified, and Sprint car racing, aa well as earning national recognition as a master craftsman/race car builder for competitors in oval track and road racing.
Mike Opperman’s 32 year racing career is highlighted by over 100 Main event, Trophy Dash, and heat race wins in dirt and paved oval track Late Model competition.
John Bandimere, Jr. served as president and general manager of Bandimere Speedway, one of the most successful motorsports venues in Colorado history, for more than 48 years.
Dennis Durmas has been one of Colorado’s most prominent figures in Snowmobile racing, with multiple national Snowcross Championships to his credit in a career than has spanned more than thirty years and included success in Snowcross, Cross Country, Snow Drag, Ice Oval, Hillcross, and Hillclimb competition.
Charles Wilson drove his way to seven track championships while competing in Grand American Modified and Super Late Model divisions at I-25 Speedway, and has also been recognized as an accomplished race chassis builder in a career that has spanned over 30 years.
Butch Salter’s 40 year racing career includes major accomplishments in drag racing, as well as setting four land speed records in the D/Blown Gas Roadster class on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Bill Canty’s racing career in the Late Model Stock Car division included numerous main event wins, with championships at Beacon Hill and Raceway Park achieved in the same season, as well as success in traveling Late Model racing series throughout the western United States.
Bob Harmsen, who sponsored local through national level racers in multiple forms of motorsports competition under the auspices of his Jolly Rancher Candy Company. A lifelong devotee of nearly any form of motorized competition, Bob has provided support to racing facilities, sanctioning bodies, and motorsports organizations throughout the region, including the establishment of the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame. Bob passed away in June of 2019.
John Pugh has painted, lettered, and designed the visual presence of over 1000 race cars on a national level over the past 47 years. In addition to designing and executing some of the most instantly recognizable paint schemes in drag racing and oval track competition, he is also widely recognized for creating racing themed lithographic art and t-shirt designs.
The Vickery family is this year’s recipient of the J.C. Agajanian Award, which is given in recognition of contributions to Colorado motorsports by a group or organization. Several family generations of the Vickery Racing Team have been involved in participating, promoting, and advancing motorcycle racing for over five decades, winning over 130 class championships in Motocross, Flat Track, Supercross, Road
Racing, and Enduro competition.