SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) yesterday presented a Resolution to off-roading legend Mark A. Smith of Georgetown, to recognize his tremendous contributions in building a major hobby enjoyed by thousands of Californians and building our state’s economy.
“Mark Smith is the father of the world-famous Rubicon Trail off-road trek that literally created a new sport,” said Gaines. “Now people from across the country come to California to put themselves to the ultimate off-road test.”
Smith went on to lead the first team of drivers from the tip of South America to the Arctic Circle and led a team of US off-road drivers in the 1987 Camel Trophy, the world’s number-one off-road competition, as well as being named “four wheeler of the decade” by United Four Wheel Drive magazine.
Now, Mark A. Smith Off-Roading, Inc. is an industry leader for off-road adventures, providing the equipment and expertise for groups and individuals who want to get off the beaten path and navigate the types of rough terrain first tamed by Mr. Smith himself.
“Mark Smith is a pioneer who shows true California spirit,” said Senator Gaines. “He built a sport, built a business and built an unmatched reputation in his field. It’s my pleasure to honor him today.”
Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento and Sierra counties.