Rest In Peace: Larry Huffman

All of us here at Vurb are saddened to learn that the legendary Supercross announcer Larry Huffman has passed away.

Huffman passed away due to complications from multiple foot surgeries on Monday, July 1. He was 82.

I think it’s fair to say that Huffman was the first Supercross announcer to truly make an impact on the sport. He helped bring excitement to the early days of the sport with his unique announcing style. He also helped the early superstars of the sport show their personalty by creating nicknames and asking great questions for the broadcast.

Huffman was even given his own nickname by the Los Angeles Times, which was of course “Supermouth”.

Our friends over at We Went Fast put up a really nice tribute to Larry on Instagram.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inducted Huffman in the class of 2008.

Rest in Peace Larry Huffman. Thank you for all that you’ve done to build this sport into what it is today.

We send our condolences to the Huffman family.

Below is the a press release from the AMA.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Larry Huffman, American motorcycling’s most legendary AMA Supercross and motocross announcer and commentator, and the man behind the “Supermouth” nickname, passed away Monday, July 1. He was 82.

Huffman worked as a Southern California disc jockey during the 1960s and began announcing races at So Cal’s Costa Mesa Speedway in the late 1960s. Over the years he went on to announce just about every type of motorcycle competition, including AMA Supercross, Arenacross, ice racing, drag racing, flat track, hill climb, speedway and road racing.

Huffman was the P.A. announcer at the first Superbowl of Motocross at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1972, and was soon named “Supermouth” by the Los Angeles Times for his 300-word-per-minute delivery and his ability to excite crowds. He is credited with being an integral part of early Supercross events and is widely recognized at the original “voice of Supercross.”

Huffman also co-wrote and co-produced the motion picture On Any Sunday II, and did announcer roles for numerous TV shows, including Charlie’s AngelsCHiPsMiami ViceFantasy Island, and others.

Over the years, Huffman also did motorsports-related color commentary for the likes of ABC, CBS, NBC, TNN, ESPN and Speedvision.

Huffman was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2008. He will be missed.

Main Image: Courtesy of the AMA

One Comment

  1. Rest well, Larry.
    Thanks for adding to the excitement of USA Speedway at Costa Mesa, back in the day when it was the place to be on a Friday night.
    JJ, the guy from Bell Helmets

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