Roy Smith


Inducted 2002 – Competitor – Stock Car Racing


“Rapid Roy, the stock car boy” was one of Canada’s most outstanding in this class of racing. He began racing in 1965 at the age of 20 with a 1950 Ford Stock Car. In 1967, he graduated to driving the powerful A-Modified cars and was awarded the popular driver award.


Not only was Roy successful in his home country breaking track records and winning numerous races and track championships in British Columbia and Alberta, he was also one of the most respected stock car racers in the western United States. A professional racer, Roy won the NASCAR Winston West championship four times — 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1988 and was third twice (1987 and 1989) competing against such NASCAR stalwarts as Chad Little, Hershel McGriff and Jim Bown.


The highlight of is career came in 1982 with a top-10 finish in the Daytona 500, which is the Holy Grail of NASCAR racing.Roy was 22nd in the 1976 and 20th in the 1978 Daytona 500s.


Roy has also been inducted into the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame (1992) and the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (2002).