LeRoi Tex Smith has been involved with the hot rod hobby since the age of 8, when family in-laws were outlaws running whiskey into Oklahoma. He is a mixed blood Cherokee from Oklahoma, who went to California at a young age and began a life in hot rodding prior to World War Two. He has been active in dry lakes racing, roundy rounds on early dirt tracks, and sports car competition in Europe. No one has contributed more to hot rodding than Tex Smith. His impact has certainly been felt in our hobby. Tex has written A collection of customizing & hot rodding books, some of the best How-To- books ever written. Tex also wrote a few general interest books such as We Came In Peace (sold over 4 million) about lst moon landing.
He has been an editor and contributor to most American car magazines, written several national best sellers, created TV shows, played professional baseball, and was an air force jet fighter among other things. He was also one of the originators of the National Street Rod Association and was at what became the first NSRA Nationals.