Considering his achievements, the name 'Smokey Yunick' is not as well known in Europe as it should be, which is a shame considering what he achieved during his long career.
He fell into racing after the Second World War, just as Stock Car racing was beginning on the path that would lead to what we now know as modern NASCAR. Despite being essentially a self-taught high-school drop-out, Yunick eventually became known as one of the greatest engineering minds ever seen in American racing.
His initial speciality was engines, although he became heavily involved in design and was also one of the first to recognise the importance of the black art of aerodynamics. ("I don't know why, but I really dug aerodynamics," he wrote in this book. "Even if it took me 10 or 15 years to be able to spell it; [it] usually came out aero-dynomouse")