Malcolm Smith


Record updated 09-Mar-07

American off-road racing legend. He is a six time winner of the Baja 1000, three times on a motorcycle and three times in a car, a four time winner of the Baja 500, he has twice won the Mint 400 and the Roof of Africa Rallye as well as participating in the Paris Dakar Rally twice.

Malcolm Smith
Malcolm Smith (born March 09, 1941 on Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada) is an American racing legend. He is one of the world's premier off-road racers.

Malcolm's first raced in 1956 atop a 1949 500cc Matchless motorcycle. His renown grew as he won races in the 1960s and 1970s. Smith won eight gold medals between 1966 and 1976 in the International Six Day Trial, the European cross-country event considered the Olympics of motorcycling.

He is 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; has twice won the Mint 400 and the Roof of Africa Rallye; participated in the Paris Dakar Rally twice; and was the overall winner of the Atlas Rallye in the mountains of Morocco.

Following his racing career, Malcolm began developing tools and riding gear with an emphasis on quality and durability. Malcolm Smith Gold Medal Products later became Malcolm Smith Racing, then finally MSR. He currently operates a destination full-service motorsports dealership in Riverside, CA.

Malcolm was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1996.

Smith's talent on two wheels earned him a starring role in Bruce Brown's classic motorcycle epic, On Any Sunday, alongside screen legend Steve McQueen and dirt-track rider Mert Lawwill. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 1972 for Best Documentary Feature.

Malcolm’s combination of blinding speed and down-to-earth charm appealed to audiences, earning him folk-hero status and a devoted following. He continued to appear in motion pictures, including Naturally Free (1975), Dirt (1979), and On Any Sunday II (1981). Recently, Malcolm was featured in the 2005 Baja 1000 documentary hit, Dust to Glory, co-starring Mario Andretti and Robby Gordon.

In 2000, Malcolm created a non-profit foundation dedicated to giving back to Mexico, the land where his name was made as a racing champion. Every year, Malcolm hosts a 6-day charity ride to raise money for his schools and orphanages.