Since Smokey Yunick passed away in 2001, there’s an entire generation of gearheads who never got a chance to see and hear him speak. Today we fix that. Here’s one of the great personalities in motorsports telling it like it is.
The video below is from a talk Smokey gave to the Daytona Beach Oceanside Rotary Club, speaking to his own friends and neighbors from his years as a popular Daytona businessman. So sorry, no great engineering secrets are revealed here. This is merely a glimpse into the personality of one of the great characters in American motorsports.
Since his remarks here are in polite company, Smokey is considerably less profane than he could be in this setting, but he’s every bit as down home and laid back. For more of the singular Yunick perspective on things, you’ll want to read his three-part autobiography, Best Damn Garage in Town (see our review and a link to order the book here). Meanwhile, enjoy the video—it’s pure Smokey.