Winner of First Bobby Crim Race
August 24, 2022
In his first trip to America in 1977 Steve Kenyon found his way to Flint for the very first Crim race. He made it a memorable one, winning the very first Crim and taking home a key to the city of Flint to boot. Mayor James Rutherford presented the key to Kenyon as a token of the Vehicle City’s appreciation and respect for making the trip across the pond to grace the Crim with his estimable presence as the only English runner, and ultimate winner. He also received a Picture History of Flint book that he still has.
Kenyon also rated a first class tour of the Buick plant on Hamilton, the very first General Motors plant in the world. As a war history buff, that was a big deal since GM made a lot of the war material that he observes on his tours around European World War Two battle sites.
A native of Bolton, England Kenyon says he holds a special place in his heart for both Flint, and the Crim. “Of all the countries I’ve competed in, and all of the cities I’ve been to, Flint is at the top of the list’, he says. “Every year when it’s mid-August I always tell my wife, ‘It’s Crim time’”, Kenyon added.
Very cool sentiments indeed, especially coming from an international star racer from the Mother County, who has seen an awful lot of the world, and even cooler considering it’s been 45 years since he won that inaugural Crim race. It’s a notable dual anniversary for Kenyon this year too. That’s because in 1982 he also won the Crim for a second time, 40 years ago this month.
While Steve holds a special place in his heart for Flint, Flint reciprocates with that feeling. He helped make our race world famous, and he did so with grace, class, and competitive grit. The kind of grit we really appreciate with in Flint. His hometown of Bolton also shares some manufacturing heritage with Flint. A hardscrabble town that’s seen its ups and downs over the years lends itself well to helping a lad from the village understand and truly ‘get’ a city like Flint. Perhaps that’s why we are so connected.
Steve joins Fish in the Aquarium for a walk down memory lane of 45 years ago, both about the race, the city, and the experiences. He compares and contrasts the Flint of ’77 and ’82 and discusses the people and places that made it all so vital. He’s also a HUGE Beatles fanatic just like Fish so the conversation veers a bit in that direction too.
It’s a superb time with a legendary and honorary Flintstone by way of England, and it just happens to fall on Crim week. Imagine that!