"My son Tyler was only six months old when I won it. One of the reasons I kept it was because I thought it might be a good thing for him to have later on." Tyler is now 17, but like his mother and father, he only drives the car once in a while.
Smith has always been impressed by its power. "I had to pick up my wife and son in Mayfield, Kentucky once," he says, "and I just let it out on the turnpike to see what it would do. It got past 120 in no time. It was so fast I got scared."
Smith, now a sales and contract representative for Cincinnati's Central Trust Bank, has often thought about selling the Galaxie, but always concluded he didn't need the money badly enough to part with what the car stood for.
"I guess maybe some guys who made more money would have sold it in a week," says Smith. "But playing basketball was all I ever wanted to do. I'd like to play today. I've wanted to be a kid all my life, and I'm not going to change. The car is an important part of that feeling. I have pride in it. I know I'll never have an opportunity to win something like that again."