Frequent Great Racer Bob Coker passed away Nov. 9 at his home in North Carolina at the age of 82. Known affectionately as “Uncle Bob” around the Great Race and Coker Tire, Robert Edward Coker loved Buicks. He got his love for antique automobiles from his father, and through the years had owned some of the most unique makes of that marque, especially from the 1950s. Bob was the owner and caretaker of the 1954 Buick Landau concept car and the 1955 Buick Motorama car among others.
Bob could always be found at an AACA event like Hershey, at a Buick Club of America meet, on a car tour or participating in the Great Race. His last Great Race was in 2011 in his 1955 Buick station wagon. “A lot of people had better scores on the Great Race than Bob Coker, but no one had more fun,” Great Race director Jeff Stumb said. “He was a true American, a veteran and quite a character.”
Bob’s brother Harold Coker started Coker Tire in 1958, and annual Coker Tire Challenge Spirit of the Event award is named in honor of his other brother Bill Coker.
Click the link below for Bob’s obituary in the Winston-Salem Journal.