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Baja Racer Bruce Ogilvie Dies of Cancer

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Legend Bruce Ogilvie Dies of Cancer.
Bruce Ogilvie was the coordinator for Honda's desert racing, an accomplished Baja racer, and friend to MotorcycleUSA.
Bruce Ogilvie passed away on April 13, 2009 after a two-year battle with cancer. Ogilvie fought cancer the same way he raced motorcycles all his life: with everything he had.

Most enthusiasts know Bruce Ogilvie as a master Baja racer—a champion whose personal victories in the San Felipe 250, Baja 500 and Baja 1000 spread out over four decades. The first was a Baja 500 win in 1975, with another victory in the 1000 later that year. Bruce was the only man in history to win the Baja 1000 overall in four different decades, and he posted his last overall win in 2003 at the age of 51. Bruce Ogilvie was as tough as they come.

Bruce O’s talents and accomplishments behind a handlebar are indisputable and well known. But there was another side to Ogilvie that was equally impressive. For more than 20 years, Bruce was in charge of coordinating Honda’s racing efforts in Baja. He led an army of racers and support team members for years while he applied his own personal philosophy to the challenge.

In 1984, Bruce was hired full-time at American Honda. He served in many capacities over the years. In addition to being in charge of everything off-road at Honda—including motorcycle and ATV racing—Bruce was most recently the Senior Test Evaluator for Honda’s Product Evaluation department. In this role, Bruce’s contributions to the direction and development of all Honda’s off-road and motocross products was unparalleled. If you can’t imagine racing or riding anything but your Honda off-road motorcycle or ATV, it is because Bruce Ogilvie helped make it that way.

A Web site in honor of Bruce's life is in the works so people can contribute thoughts, stories and pictures. This tribute will allow all of us the opportunity to share our feelings and life memories we have had with him, and this site can be here forever so we never forget all this great man has done for us.

Godspeed Bruce. You will always be remembered as our leader with that calm, assuring voice in our head guiding us through obstacles you conquered long ago.

Bruce Ogilvie was born on April 4, 1952. He died on April 13, 2009. He is survived by his wife Marcia, his 14-year-old son Nick and nine-year-old daughter Isabella. Bruce's family will have a private service, and because blood transfusions were so important to Bruce’s battle with cancer for the past two years the family has asked for people to donate blood in Bruce’s honor. More information will be available about blood donations soon. Cards can be sent to American Honda, 1919 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501, attention Bruce Ogilvie.

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Mark Ogawa -Old Friend  May 5, 2009 12:29 AM
I grew up with Bruce. He and his Dad made a bicycle motocross track in a empty field by his house(long before anyone ever heard of BMX). We'd race on Saturdays for trophys made of scrap wood. Then came motorcycles at the "Sand Pits". What a great time to grow-up, I cherish those memories I wouldn't trade them for anything. Bruce,some day I will ride with you again my friend. Until then, keep the shiny side up and w.f.o.
Bill Fuentes -Bruce Ogilvie - Rest in Peace  April 25, 2009 11:02 PM
I used to work with Bruce and if I ever called - whether it was a pre-race issue, or something for Honda's Legal Department - he would always call back and have the answer. You NEVER had to call and leave a second message. Bruce's knowledge of Honda products was second to none, and more importantly, Bruce took young riders like Johnny Campbell, Jeff Capt, Jonah Street and Steve Hengeveld and turned them in to champions...
Tim Buck -Bruce Ogilvie  April 16, 2009 07:27 AM
I went to school with Bruce from the 5th grade on. He used to always ride his mini bike by my house on the way to the hills to go riding. I have such clear memories of Bruce riding in the "sand pits" by our house. Now that I think of it, that's what probably helped become such a great desert rider - that sand pit! While my dad wouldn't let me get one at the time, and though he never knew it, Bruce was my sole inspiration to get a bike and race one day. It tortured me to have to sit and watch, lol. Eventually I did get one and had a fun racing career, and spent most of my life working in the motorcyle industry. Bruce will be sorely missed.
Tina Sullivan -Bruce Ogilvie  April 15, 2009 03:23 PM
Bruce went to junior high and high school with me. He was a wonderful boy and a great man! He was someone who was never boastful -he didn't volunteer his accomplishments. Someone else would have to tell you. I have a picture of Bruce escorting me to the Lettermen's Dance at Sierra Jr. High School in Riverside in 1968. That has always been a nice memory for me, but now it will mean even more. God bless you and keep you, friend.
thewall -Inspirational  April 15, 2009 12:28 PM
Wow, a Baja overall win at 51. Impressive. Way to young to die. Cancer...I hate it.
David -Bruce Ogilvie  April 14, 2009 06:30 PM
What a phenomenol racer he was, I grew up looking at him in many magazines, he will be missed. Godspeed Bruce!