Indy driver Bob Veith

This weekend is the Indianapolis 500. I once attended an auto race and enjoyed it tremendously, though I confess (and this is a blot on my country music credentials) to not following that particular sport in all of its no-doubt interesting varieties. But I remember as a child getting together with the whole Veith clan at the family farm in Tonkawa, huddling around a short wave radio to hear the broadcast of the Indianapolis 500. My father had a distant cousin, Bob Veith, who would be in that race, and we would always root for him. I was pleased to discover that, though, he never won that particular race, Bob nevertheless rates a Wikipedia article for his racing career: Go here.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    That’s really cool. Looks like Bob was a good driver!
    That’s one sweet vocation!

    Probably like many other young boys, my dream was always to race at Indy. Maybe in heaven…

  • Bryan Lindemood

    That’s really cool. Looks like Bob was a good driver!
    That’s one sweet vocation!

    Probably like many other young boys, my dream was always to race at Indy. Maybe in heaven…

  • Charles Veith

    What a wonderful memory!

    Bob Veith was not only a good race car driver but a good human being as well. He spent a lot of time on the high school lecture circuit promoting safe driving, and even late in life was still actively involved in making this world a better place.

    If you’ll excuse me now I think I’ll go and fire up that shortwave radio… Have a safe and gratifying memorial day, everyone!

  • Charles Veith

    What a wonderful memory!

    Bob Veith was not only a good race car driver but a good human being as well. He spent a lot of time on the high school lecture circuit promoting safe driving, and even late in life was still actively involved in making this world a better place.

    If you’ll excuse me now I think I’ll go and fire up that shortwave radio… Have a safe and gratifying memorial day, everyone!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Charles (my dear cousin), thanks for that. Those Memorial days at your place really are fond memories for me. We would decorate the family graves, then have a great time. You and I and our other cousins would play on the farm–a wonderland for us town kids–and listen to the Indianapolis 500. Those were holidays both meaningful and fun.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Charles (my dear cousin), thanks for that. Those Memorial days at your place really are fond memories for me. We would decorate the family graves, then have a great time. You and I and our other cousins would play on the farm–a wonderland for us town kids–and listen to the Indianapolis 500. Those were holidays both meaningful and fun.

  • Charles Nichols

    Bob came to my school promoting safe driving. I thought that was the greatest to have a real Indy car driver
    come and speak about safe driving. I still remember some of the things he said. I’m 67 and he will always be
    my hero!


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