After some digging, and root’n around in the Georgia area we have some shocking news. Now, we have found out who bought Stinky new in Atlanta. Actually a small town east of Atlanta. The boat was sold at a car dealership, that also was a Tractor Store and Boat Dealer. I guess that’s how things were done. Earl Thompson Chevy and Tractors.
Okay, this isn’t the shocking part. Turns out the man that purchased her was named Lester Pembrook, he was…. A HOG FARMER.. Lester liked fast cars, and Fast Boats according to his Grandson Melvern who we spoke too.
Now, according to his family, The Pembroks, Lester also had “Issues” with, well.. Smelling like his farm. Hey I can’t make this stuff up. Anyway. Now here is the shocking strange twist. She was called Stinky non officially. In fact Lester was called Stinky, so there is some confusion here. But the family member that I spoke with was laughing so hard at finding the boat and that it by coincidence has the name of the original owner. The rat turd gods preserved her name in spirit. I was just open to the universe.
Lester “Stinky ” Pembrok, would race around on the small Lakes of Georgia before the war. Actually I was told that it blew off a engine hatch during a race, and was from then on called “The Stink Bomb” Hey, I am telling ya, I can’t make this up.
And after that, the boat was tucked away and during the war, Lester’s Hog Farm turned into a big time supplier to the Armed forces because of Mitzi’s fame as Miss Slaughterhouse. I know. Crazy! But it’s all true. It’s right here on the internet.
Which is where Paul Maddox came into the scene in 1945 after the war. Which is oddly enough where the trail ends, and why they don’t know the name of the boat. maybe, just maybe, and this part I am making up, they chose no name because of the whole “Stink Bomb” thing? Thus known as That Maddox “Red White and Blue Boat” raced on Jackson Lake until the 1960’s when she was turned into a fun boat to run around in until the 1970’s when she was retired to a dairy barn in Georgia.
And that’s the incredible unbelievable history of Stinky, our 1937 16 Special Racer, or at least it is until we find another history.