Gone But Not Forgotten: Bob Smith

I know some of you won’t know who I’m talking about, but most all of my local readers will. Bob was a big part of the car community in this area and will greatly be missed.

Obituary of Robert Smith

Robert Alexander Smith, 71, known as “Bob” went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 2, 2015, with his loving family by his side at his home in the Birdtown Community, Cherokee, NC. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy McCoy Smith.

He was an E5 Sgt. Vietnam Veteran serving a total of 3 years in active service (1968 – 1971) including one year in the Vietnam War. During this time he received several recognitions, including medals and badges. He retired after 30+ years from the Cherokee Boys Club where he was the Construction Manager and completed several homes and projects for the EBCI.

Bob was well known for being a “car craftsman” and “sculptor.” He loved his shop where he would be found sitting in his barber chair getting a vision of the many projects he constructed. Bob was known in every state for being Bob as himself and/or the craftsman he was. He was the President and proud member of the Cherokee Rodders Car Club, WNC Truck Club and organized many car shows over the years beginning in the early 80’s. In the early 70’s, he operated Rainbow Raceway, Newport Raceway and Smoky Mountain Raceway; he loved dirt track racing. Bob was simply one of a kind and his smile will never be replaced.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys Reed Griffin and Rass Smith; and brother, John Ross Smith.

In addition to his wife, Bob was survived by one daughter, Bobbi Lynn Smith of Cherokee and one son, Travis Kent Smith and his wife Kelly Cleona Smith and three grandsons: Zachary Alexander Smith, Kenton Rayce Smith and Koen Dash Smith who always called him “Pops.” He will be greatly missed by a host of close friends, in-laws, and all others who knew him. The pallbearers will be members of the Cherokee Rodders Car Club and WNC Truck Club.

The family will be holding a visitation at Crisp Funeral Home in Bryson City, NC from 6 to 10 pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. A funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Bo Parris at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Crisp Funeral Home with burial at the Bird Hill Road Cemetery located on Adams Creek with military graveside rights conducted by the Steve Youngdeer American Legion Post # 143.

– See more at: http://www.crispfuneralhome.org/tribute/details/878/Robert_Bob_Smith/obituary.html#tribute-start

RK Motors Charlotte Auction: The NASCAR Lots

Wednesday and Thursday we were  looking at all the cars at the RK Motors auction this weekend in Charlotte along with the race cars, today we will look at the NASCAR cars.  If you missed the last two days coverage, CLICK HERE and HERE

There are tons of cool NASCAR race cars and NASCAR related cars rolling across the block this weekend, check them out!

CLICK on each picture for the complete info on the car. All photos credit RK Motors and RKMCCA.com

 

How about an early Dale Earnhardt Sr. car?

 

This one isn’t exactly a NASCAR race car, but its close enough. A.J. Foyt’s USAC car and the last car he ever drove to a championship.

 

All you need to go with these two is an Alan Kulwicki number seven to complete your 1992 NASCAR collection!

 

 

How about a Micheal Waltrip rookie car?

 

How about a Banjo Matthews built car?

 

How about a pair of Dale Earnhardt Sr. Intimidator Camaro’s?

 

 

Any Richard Petty fans in the house?

 

How about this cool “street” Toyota Camry race car built by RK Motors

 

Another Dale Earnhardt Sr item, a hall of fame Corvette

 

And last but not least, Ray Evernham’s custom built “ForPly”

2013 Rolex 24 To Have Solid NASCAR Presence

(Photo Credit:  grand-am.com)

You won’t have to look far this weekend at the annual twice around the clock battle at Daytona International Speedway to see a familiar NASCAR face. It seems this year more than ever NASCAR stars are coming to the Grand Am Series event to shake off a little ring rust and cure a bad case of cabin fever. Lets take a look at the NASCAR stars you will see in the race.

Daytona Prototype Entires

Juan Pablo Montoya- #01 Chip Ganassi/Felix Sabatas BMW Riley

Jamie McMurray- #02 Chip Ganassi/Felix Sabatas BMW Riley

Nelson Piquet Jr- #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP

A.J. Allmendinger- #60 Micheal Shank Racing Ford/Riley

Marcos Ambrose- #60 Micheal Shank Racing Ford/Riley

GT Entires

Boris Said- #31 Marsh Racing Corvette

Clint Bowyer- #55 AF Waltrip Ferrari

Micheal Waltrip- #55 AF Waltrip Ferrari

Other names that may be familiar to NASCAR fans are Max Papis, Robert Kauffman, Andy Lally, Paul Tracy, Colin Braun, Christian Fittipaldi, Scott Pruett, and Dario Franchitti.

For a complete run down of the entry list CLICK HERE

The Rolex 24 will be broadcast live on speed. Visit their website for more info!