Jim Ober of Trackside Photo sent in these photos after the recent passing of off road racer Mel Tyree. They are some great vintage photos of Mel racing in class 9 from 1974 to 1981.
Mel Tyree, 85, passed away in his home in Beaumont in late September of cancer. He was the owner of Unique Supply in Redlands, Calif. and had 6 employees. His friend and fellow racer Dave Simpson posted on Race-dezert “Mel was one of the early pioneers in our sport. He ran a class 12 car back in the day and won everything in sight. Mel and his shop Unique Supply in Redlands was very instrumental in my early Off Road Racing carrier. He was a friend, a mentor and an all-round great guy.”
Mel’s racing career was mainly driving for Don Rountree’s Sandwinder team in the 1970’s and although details are sketchy, he seemed to have won more races than he lost in Class 9 (1200 cc VE engined buggies). He was a veteran and is buried at Riverside National Cemetery.
1977 Baja International: