Local drivers honored in Hall of Fame

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Gordy Hicks has had a long career racing dirt bikes, in addition to managing his auto body business on Memory Lane in Socorro. But prior to dirt bikes, Gordy and his brother Roy took a shot at the big time in racing, starting out three decades ago in big car racing. Last week, both were honored for their careers by being inducted into the Big Car Racing Association’s Hall of Fame.

“It’s a big thing,” Hicks said, standing in his shop on Memory Lane in Socorro. “We were lucky to get (this award).”

Gordy was honored as the crew chief for his brother, Roy, who is nine years his senior and was honored as the driver of their team. Roy went on to have 40 starts in United States Auto Club racing events. The USAC is one of the sanctioning bodies of auto racing in the United States. From 1956 to 1979, the USAC sanctioned the United States National Championship, and from 1956 to 1997 the organization sanctioned the Indianapolis 500.

“(Roy) went on to race in the Indy one time,” Hicks said. He then became a lead mechanic for a team and stayed in the circuit for many years.

Gordy Hicks took a different path, racing dirt bikes for most of his career. The roles reversed and Roy became his crew chief one year, and they won a big race in Mexico.

Thiry years, 28 broken bones and five concussions later, Hicks’ racing career is winding down, but, his love for it will never die, evidenced by the sparkle in his eye as he talks about the races and the time with his brother.

“Who would have thought two brothers — from Socorro, N.M. — would receive this honor?” Hicks said with a grin. “Socorro has a lot of sports stars.”