‘Speedy’ Bill Smith Releases Autobiography

Jan 8, 2010

Anyone who spends more than 60 years pursuing his passion for automotive performance is certain to generate a few interesting stories.

“Speedy” Bill Smith, the colorful founder and president of Speedway Motors, has done that and more, and his tales have been collected in a new book: “Fast Company: Six Decades of Racers, Rascals and Rods.”

Penned with racing writer Dave Argabright, “Fast Company” chronicles the more than 60 years and millions of miles traveled and raced by one of the automotive performance world’s most intriguing characters, according to a press release.

More than 350 pages cover the many roads Smith has journeyed, from his early days of motorcycle and roadster racing, through the start and rise of the Speedway Motors empire, to the dozens of racers who’ve competed under the Speedway banner.

“This is a man who has lived life on his own terms,” Argabright says. “‘Fast Company’ is a racing book, it’s a hot rod book, and it’s a business book. Really, it’s the behind-the-scenes story of racing and automotive performance. I had a ton of fun helping Bill tell his story, and you’ll have fun riding along with us.”

“Fast Company: Six Decades of Racers, Rascals and Rods” is available in hardback form, as well as a limited-edition version with a serial-numbered leather cover. Both versions include 32 pages of historic photos, plus a foreword by Ken Schrader and an introduction by Dick Berggren. It is available at www.speedwaymotors.com.

“My entire life has revolved around racing and hot rodding,” Smith says. “I’ve been blessed to be involved in so many things in my life. I think that anyone who is curious about racing history or the evolution of hot rodding and the performance aftermarket will find a few tales of interest in this book.”