Marty Smith Wiki – Marty Smith Biography
Marty Smith, the motocross legend, has died at the age of 63. Smith died on April 27 in a dune buggy accident alongside his wife, Nancy. Smith and his wife had been married since 1980. The couple had three children together, daughters Brooke and Jillyin and son, Tyler.
Marty Smith Age
He was 63 years old.
Marty Smith Background, Early Life, Education
The piece described Smith, a native of San Diego, as being “a good-looking, polite and supremely-talented kid” who “looked more like a surfer than the old stereotype of a leather-jacked motorcycle rider.” Smith was a graduate of Pointe Loma Senior High School in San Diego. He began his professional career while still a senior at the school.
Prior to their marriage, Nancy Smith, then known as Nancy Sauer, was profiled by Motocross Action magazine in 1976. In the article, Nancy Sauer said that despite her then-boyfriend being known to the world as “Marty,” she said, “He’s just Martin to me.”
Marty Smith Accident, Death Cause
Motocross journalist Brett Smith confirmed Smith’s passing in a tweet on April 28 that read, “You’ll always be #1, Marty. Marty Smith and his wife, Nancy died in California yesterday after an accident in an off-road vehicle. Marty, a 3-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion, was 63.”
Racer X Online reported that Smith was killed close to the California-Arizona border at the Glamis Dunes on the night of April 27. There a multiple photos on Smith’s Facebook page showing him with his family at the Glamis Dunes with dune buggys.
In May 2013, Racer X placed Smith at number 13 on their list of the greatest motocrossers of all time. In that article, Smith was described as the “original superstar of American motocross.”
Martin Smith has an estimated net worth of $2 million dollars. As of 2018, the reporter receives an annual salary of $250 thousand dollars from his successful reporting career with ESPN
Smith told Moto X Addicts in a December 2019 interview that he began racing on motorcycles at the age of 13 under the influence of his father. Smith’s father, Al, was a firefighter in San Diego. Smith said that his father and his friends converted the bikes from street motorcycles to off-road motorcycles. Smith called his father and friends “real pioneers.”
During the same interview, Smith spoke about what it was like to race against “grown men” while still being a teenager. Smith said, “I mean they were all grown men, and all rode 125’s. I would line up on the gate against a guy with a big old beer belly and a big beard. It was intimidating, but I wouldn’t look at them and let them take me down that way. I was racing and I loved riding, having a blast.”