Speedy” Bill Smith Crosses the Finish Line

By Ed Higginbotham
Jun 2, 2014

Smith built what is recognized as America’s Oldest Speed Shop.

I’m sure we are all familiar with Speedway Motors. This past weekend, the founder and and infamous hot rodder, Bill Smith passed away. He is survived by four sons, their wives, ten grandchildren, and an extended family of Speedway Motors employees and thousands of loyal customers.

A combination of passion, tenacity and innovation allowed Smith to grow a small 20x20 storefront into a flourishing mail-order business and manufacturing empire. During its 62 years in business, Speedway Motors has grown to become one of the largest manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the performance aftermarket. Working side-by-side with his beloved wife and all four sons, Smith built what is recognized as “America’s Oldest Speed Shop.”

Thanks for everything, Speedy.

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