RacingSmith's inception goes back further than the brand itself. The idea and name has been around for a few years. It was spurred from a passion to go fast and take anything and everything to the limit. I have been around bikes and cars since I was old enough to make the effort. My parents weren't really into them. There is no cool back story about helping my Dad in the garage and him teaching me to wrench. I just always wanted to be on, or around them.
Cars are a hobby/lifestyle that has and will always be a part of my life along side of motorcycles. You can't get either out of my blood, its like a sickness. After years of riding, track days, burnouts, wheelies, rock crawling, drifting, muddin and every other imaginable dangerous practice, I gravitated to the vintage side of things. I picked up a '79 xs750 and that's when the bike side all came together........
I started in my garage like any other builder just for fun. It didn't take long we realized the home garage wasn't going to cut it anymore. So, as luck would have it we found a spot in Downtown Winston Salem, NC.
Fast forward a few years and you will find the point where I dedicated more time to my family and our adventures. Its called "Overlanding". We called it car camping 20 years ago, but now there is all these cool products that go along with it. As not to disrupt a good thing we just went with the flow and fell in line. Yep over 20 years I have been behind the wheel off road and I must say its not gotten boring!
We call the Off Road side of things "North State Overland" as a homage to "The 'ol North State".