A fundraiser for local desert racer Justin ImHof was held January 8th at the Oakley headquarters in Orange county. Justin was injured racing the Baja 1000 back in November. After spending a number of weeks in a coma, Justin is now making slow but steady progress. Here is the latest post from his Facebook Team page:
Team Justin ImHof: Justin is doing good. He is developing his short term memory, and communicating well. He is getting used to using his left arm. He has nerve damage that is keeping him from using his right arm, time and work will repair it. He got his trach out which has allowed him to start using his voice. Thank you for all your support, keep it up♥
As for the fundraiser, it was a fantastic event. The turn out and show of support from friends, racers and industry people was amazing. The day started with a mountain bike ride around the area. Due to the recent rains, most of the riding was pretty sloppy. It looked sort of like the beginner line at a national enduro, lots of bottle necks. But everyone was having a great time and there was plenty of opportunities to stop and chat with people along the way.
I rode around with my racing buddies Paul Krause and Fred Hatch. Paul always has people in tow with him so we had a couple of other riders in our group. I was sort of embarrassed to later learn that one of the guys I was riding with was desert racing legend Ted Hunnicut and I didn’t even know it.
When we returned to the Oakley compound there was a quick mexican lunch and then the festivities got underway. There were raffle drawings and an auction for some really amazing items. The whole thing was hosted by my favorite loud mouth, Cameron Steele. I certainly have to give Cameron some credit for what he does. He really has the ability to get the crowd involved and keep their interest. His efforts absolutely helped encourage people to dig into their pockets and help with this great cause.
There were many people who went way beyond the call of duty in both donating auction items and those who were so enthusiastic in bidding on those items. I wish I could mention everyone’s name, but there were so many people that I am sure I would leave some out. Fortunately I think I have captured nearly everyone in pictures, so here is a look at the event.
If you did not have the opportunity to attend, but would still like to help out, visit the Facebook page: