OFFBEAT: The Humvee Man

September 26, 2004--Posted at 12:45 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO--If you've driven the streets of Jonesboro over the last month or so, you've probably seen something you don't see every day, a monster Humvee with nearly 4 foot tall tires. This and other crazy motor sport creations are the work of 26 year old Shelby Smith, a motocross racer turned sport bike rider, who got bored with his bikes and put them up for sale.

"They were selling pretty quick," said Smith. "The second I'd list them on Ebay they'd sell. So I said heck, I might as well start putting these things together and see what happens."

And the rest, as they say, is history. A burgeoning garage business, out of his garage, customizing sport bikes. But Smith got bored with just the bikes and moved on to bigger things, much bigger things. He started jacking up trucks with his latest creation a 2005 Hummer H2 SUT. It's the first SUT in the country with a set up like this.

"I like doing these cause nobody around here does them," said Smith. He does them for one reason and one reason only, to get some attention. " To get people talking," said Smith. "I wonder who that is, I wonder what he does, and it kind of gets the word out."

Smith says the other way to get the word out is Ebay, the online auction web site. "It's the biggest market your gonna find. I actually have trucks rolling around in Iceland," said Smith. "Like for instance, right now I have an auction on Ebay that has had 13,000 hits on it.

And for a bid of only $71,995 you can buy his baby right now. Obviously a vehicle of this size gets lots of attention on the streets on Jonesboro and there's at least one question that every single person wants answered, 'how do you get into that thing?' He says he's going to put a set of power steps on it, but until then you get in anyway you can and it's not very pretty.

Believe it or not, this tricked out truck is street legal, tires and all. But what do you do if you have flat. "You don't," Smith said. "A tire like this isn't something you can change by yourself."