Put a Tiger in Carly's Tank!

$7,000 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 90 people in 36 months
Mike Smith was an avid racer and a member of the Sportscar Club of America (SCCA). His posts to a variety of racing blogs were well known, varied and ranged from mechanical issues to humorous anecdotes, also known as B.S. 

Mike contracted bladder cancer in April 2014 but never lost his smile or sense of humor. He raced the 24 hours of Lemons, the SCCA sponsored Hill Climb at the Dragon in September 2015 and many others.

Mike wrecked  his turbo-charged rotary-powered Jensen Healey - The Jensenator during his run at the Dragon, but vowed to re-build it by swapping the drivetrain into a Miata.

Unfortunately, he lost his battle with cancer just a few short weeks after the hillclimb on October 29, 2015 and leaves behind an only daughter, Carly.

Carly was everything to Mike and she wants desperately to go to Clemson University to become a veterinarian. More than anything, Mike wanted to see his daughter graduate and we plan to see that that happens!

Grassroots Motorsports has agreed to take on the project by doing the swap of the engine and transmission at Mike's house, using some of his close friends and the team from GRM. The car will then be trailered to Asheville where the finishing touches will be done at Steve Eckerich's garage. Once finished, the car will be auctioned off and all proceeds are being donated to Carly's education fund (the tank).

So won't you help out by filling up Carly's tank?

Thank you so much for your generosity!
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Associate Editor Tom Suddard of Grassroots Motorsports called me yesterday to let me know the Miata race car that Mike started is nearly finished! There were lots of high fives when they got it running this past weekend and it will be heading to Florida now for a few minor items to be finished. They will have the car at the Mitty at Road Atlanta for all to see and then the auction! Thanks to all the contributors on this GoFundMe page, the many hands that helped work on the Miata and to Keith Coyle for spreading Mike's ashes over several race tracks as he wished.
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The Miata project is moving along slowly but surely. We recently received some springs and shocks as a donation which is much appreciated! This weekend, Keith Coyle and other racer friends of Mike's will be at Carolina Motorsports http://www.carolinamotorsportspark.com/ and will spread some of Mike's ashes as he wished. Keith has been diligently sharing some of Mike at a series of tracks and the family is truly appreciate of his efforts. We're still looking for donations and any amount helps!
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The new February issue of Grassroots Motorsports has a nice "Remembering Curmudgeon and Making His Dreams Come True" feature. As mentioned previously, they are going to finish Mike's Miata with the turbo-charged Mazda rotary that was in his Jensen Healey when he wrecked it at The Dragon Hillclimb, wwwGrassrootsMotorsports.com Also, a very nice tribute from Hong Noor Racing is in the magazine as well and on their website at www.hongnorr.com You can purchase items where a portion of each sale will go to this GoFundMe page.
Thanks guys!
Rod Smith
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Good Afternoon GoFundMe friends! I've had some questions about Racers Helping Racers. This is an outstanding organization that is dedicated to helping....well, racers of course! Thanks to all the RHR members who have donated, and for those who aren't familiar with this great group of people, check it out here: http://www.racershelpingracers.com/
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Raised by 90 people in 36 months
Created November 18, 2015
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14 months ago
Colin Kao
23 months ago

Best wishes! I've been following the story about your father and his creativity and spirit. I hope the sale of the Miata goes very well for you.

24 months ago
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