You Won’t Believe What I Found Out About Stinky’s History.


We think this is her.

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.

Amazing! There it is! Gotta love the internet

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.

Lester moving Stinky to the barn after a race.

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.

Lester’s Daughter Mitzi Pembrok became “Miss Slaughter House 1944 in their town, and well, she got all in her head that she could go to Hollywood, and so Racing Stinky wasnt in the cards anymore, all the racing money went to Mitzi and her attempt at becoming a star.

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.

The last photo known of Lester and Stinky. Maybe this is when it was sold? Feels like a 1940’s slide. It’s certainly not photoshop!

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.

In the Dairy Barn several years ago

Last registered in 1977


And that’s the incredible unbelievable history of Stinky, our 1937 16 Special Racer, or at least it is until we find another history.

28 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Now that sounds like a story with a little bit of truth and a whole lot of imagination.

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  2. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    Wonderful history! Yours came out in a good way, better than what my grandfather used to say:

    You pay someone to research your family history, and then you pay someone else to make it go away.

  3. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    I guess that is why they call you a “creative director” in the advertising world. Great story, great photoshop work, but I am still trying to decide how much of the story to buy into. You never cease to amaze me my friend!

  4. Garry
    Garry says:

    Thou smelled a story from the beginning.

    R u sure it wasn’t politicians riding around in le boat?

    U definitely rooted out the best story of the year!

  5. Flash
    Flash says:

    I hope everybody has a good pair of boots to wear to the Christmas Party this year!! The forecast is calling for 10-12 inches.

  6. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    Great story..

    We just back on internet after a week away dues to Hurricane Michael disruption.
    This may not be the place to do it but want to say thanks to all the boating friends who tried to contact us and inquire of our needs & safety…Nice to have friends and we thanks you all.

  7. Jimmuh
    Jimmuh says:

    So much for the little boat…..can we get Mitzi’s story? There must be a bacon connection in there somewhere too…… M-fine?

  8. Floyd r turbo
    Floyd r turbo says:

    Mitzi must have been Lady Gaga’s grandmother and influenced her with the first “meat skirt ensemble”.

  9. Matt
    Matt says:

    The entire Mitzi story according to Elma Pembroke her sister is kinda odd as well. She did move to Hollywood.. Florida.. She wasn’t all that bright. Anyway the war broke out and she did some tours of the airforce bases around Florida, and ended up marring a pilot, who turns out, came home safely. Dirk Johnson. Ya.. Mitzi Johnson became a housewife with 6 kids. She went from Miss Sausage to Mrs Johnson! That’s really all we know.

  10. Rick
    Rick says:

    Can someone check Matt’s generator? I think there’s a CO leak getting into his house. Matt if you can read this go outside and breath some fresh air.

  11. Rick
    Rick says:

    Hey everyone I just figured it out. Matt must be looking for barn finds in Canada; where they just legalized marijuana. Note to self: attend more Canadian Boat shows!

  12. don danenberg
    don danenberg says:

    You are right, I don’t believe it…,
    Given that they had already removed the ‘dollop’ from the end of the Stinky ‘y’?

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