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Old 04-28-2020, 06:25 PM   #1
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RIP Marty Smith

Man. This sucks.

News Article.

Marty was racing when I was racing and the good looking one was a badass.
I posted him up in the Bad Ass Racers thread. photos, bio and more.

He and his wife passed after a valiant effort by their best friends that was not enough.

Holy smokes.

Godspeed to Marty and Nancy Smith.

Condolences to family and those close to them.

Many of whom were or still are in the moto industry.

Marty was pretty historic.

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Old 04-28-2020, 07:42 PM   #2
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Sad story and bummer of a way to go.
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Old 04-28-2020, 09:19 PM   #3
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I just saw this on CNN's website. Such a bummer.
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Old 04-29-2020, 05:17 AM   #5
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Very sad news.

Godspeed Marty and Nancy.
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Old 04-29-2020, 08:01 AM   #6
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From the AMA on Marty

April 29, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Peter terHorst
E-mail: pterhorst@ama-cycle.org

Click here to download an action photo of Marty Smith (Credit: American Honda): Marty Racing

Click here to download a headshot of Marty Smith (Credit: American Honda):
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AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Marty Smith dies in crash
National championship-winning motocross racer's wife also killed


PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Marty Smith, a 2000 inductee into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, died Monday, April 27, from injuries sustained in a dune buggy crash in Southern California. He was 63.

Also killed in the crash was Smith's wife, Nancy Smith.

A three-time AMA Motocross National Champion, Smith won the inaugural AMA 125cc Motocross Championship in 1974. He successfully defended his title in 1975, and also won the 1977 AMA 500cc Motocross Championship and the 1975 and 1976 125cc U.S. Motocross Grand Prix events. Smith also competed in AMA Supercross for four seasons (1978-1981).

Born in San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 26, 1956, Smith started riding with his father, Al, on a step-through Honda 50 in the California desert. He took part in his first motocross race at age 14. Smith became a regular at Southern California tracks and started winning races on a regular basis. During his formative racing years, he had no professional trainers and learned by carefully observing the fast guys, then applying what he saw.

Smith became known as one of the most precise riders in motocross history. His riding style remained smooth throughout his races and he rarely crashed.

Smith won all of his championships with Honda, and the company featured him in its advertising, using his long hair and youthful good looks as a selling point. He was on dozens of magazine covers riding the legendary Honda Elsinore, donning the famous red, white and blue racing colors. Smith became the first teen idol in motocross and legions of young fans followed his every move.

He retired from racing in 1981 and developed a motocross school called the Marty Smith Motocross Clinic.

Read Marty Smith's complete biography at https://tinyurl.com/y7aztwq3.
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Remembering Marty and Nancy Smith

A tribute video released last week.
Lot's of old Moto champions in this one!
Well done IMO.


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Very nice tribute....
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That was really good.
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That was really good.
I couldn't imagine one going on without the other...
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Old 08-23-2020, 04:32 PM   #11
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That last interview with him was really great.

He seemed to be loving life.
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RIP Marty Smith , winning races before I was born. He lived it up!
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