Automotive Hall of Fame – Bryant Blakemore – Nomad Racing
Bryant ‘Chuck Charge’ Blakemore races for the off-road Nomad Racing Team. Chuck is interested in all things racing and was once a stunt man. Based in Texas, the team had huge success in 2016 when they became overall champions of the Tejas Off Road Racing Association Series.
Chuck races a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 equipped with GD sport rotors and Extra Duty brake pads.
Bryant ‘Chuck Charge’ Blakemore
Year of Birth:
Highest Place Finish:
2016 Overall Points Champion – Tejas Off Road Racing Association
Class 8 – 2004 Dodge Ram 2500
What`s your day job?
Field Engineer / Race Association Owner.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Completing the top of my Bucket List, racing in Baja Mexico with my own truck. We finished the 2017 NORRA Mexican 1000.
What would be your dream car/ motorcycle?
There are so many! I’ll list two, a 1952 Jaguar XK120 for cruising and a new RAM Stock Full Street Legal race truck.
Did you always want to be a racer or something else?
I have always had a passion for cars and truck, I learned about off road racing at the age of seven and that has been the hottest fire fueling my dreams ever since.
Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or two wheels?
All Wheel Drive / 4WD.
What motorsport event would you most like to compete in?
I would like to represent the USA and the RAM/Peterbilt brands in the Dakar.
What is the most insane/scary/memorable drive/ride you’ve ever had?
Racing off road provides many wild life experiences within the length of just one race but the most exciting event in a car is probably the time I jumped our race truck over 20′ in the air resulting in a roll.
How involved are you in testing and mechanical tweaking before events?
I do most of our vehicle prep and am present during every shakedown run.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
My five year plan has me racing professionally as a side to representing the RAM brand to consumers on a personal level.
What is your go to playlist or song before an event to get in the zone?
I love music and the emotions/attitudes it can bring while listening so this is a difficult question. If I had to pick just one for now it would be Fire by Barnes Courtney. Jam out with me on Spotify: taquache.
If you could try any other motorsport which one would you choose?
I am interested in all facets of motorsport, but if I had to choose one I’d say Rally.
What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone in a car or bike on track and when?
In our own race truck, 90+ in the dirt (she’s heavy). In another vehicle on a pavement track 100+.
What is your daily drive or ride?
A 2013 Ram 3500 “Chase Truck”, it is the support vehicle for our race truck.
Who is your inspiration and why?
On the racing side of things I’d have to say Rod Hall. Rod is the only competitor to participate in all 50 Baja 1000 races and has represented brands such as Dodge and GM at a corporate level. He has been able to turn a passion for off road driving into a life long full time career while remaining respected across the sport. On the promotional side I’d have to say Sal Fish, former owner of SCORE International. Sal was able to organize some of the most exhilarating racing in the entire world in a foreign country while keeping the spectators, competitors, and governing bodies excited and satisfied.
What is the one thing you could not live without?
The ability to dream and imagine.
What advice would you give someone starting out in automotive racing?
You know you’re following the right passion when an overwhelming feeling of happiness and excitement swells within you, the “butterflies”, even in the difficult times. Don’t ever give up on that.
Do you have a favourite movie?
The most inspirational movie I watch regularly would have to be Dana Brown’s “Dust to Glory”.
Any bad habits?
Don’t we all have room for improvement? One place I’m working on is taking on too many projects at once which risks the performance of all.
Tell us something about you that most people would not know?
I am afraid of living a mediocre life.
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck?
Coming from a background of working with horses in my younger years I’ve already been kicked and bit so I’ll go with one horse sized duck. Imagine if you were able to break and ride that sucker!