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Tamara Shadbolt on to her way to another DSPL Regional Solo II Championship at the wheel of her Austin-Healey Sprite.

Family Auto Archives

Photo by Lee Shadbolt                           

Herb Shadbolt

Lee's father was a certified Ford Technician and drag raced a 1950 Ford known as the "Blue Bug" at formal and improvised tracks throughout Washington State .  In the 1950s he operated a repair shop and later worked on Bill Muncey's "Miss Thriftway" Hydroplane.


Frank S.

Tamara's grandparents competed in Time-Speed-Distance Rallies in England in the 1960s.  Originally they campaigned the family Buick.  Their Volkswagen Convertible did not see competition use, but was photographed at landmarks throughout Europe. 



Lewis C.

Lee's grandfather was an avid auto enthusiast and was awarded a trophy for perfect attendance in 1976 at what is now known as Coos County Speedway.  He is pictured here inspecting the body damage on the #1 Chevy of "Crazy Dave" Glover.  Lee's brother Ken is in the foreground.   

The local track featured motocross, sand drags, and oval track racing.  Lee grew up attending those events.  The car pictured was his first favorite yellow car (of many).    


Bert Smith

Tamara's great-grandfather had a twin brother who was a bicycle and motor car mechanic in Sioux Rapids prior to joining the war efforts in 1917.  Pictured below is a postcard he sent to his sister in 1917 from the Naval Station at San Diego.  The plane caught his fancy - the ultimate surveillance aircraft and capable of water landings.