Bob McJannett, a SEMA member since 1978, who created Performance Improvements Speed Shops with his wife Susan, pulled into the final pit stop peacefully with sons Rob and Andy McJannett at his side on Monday, June 20.
From building his first hot rod in his parents’ driveway to building a multi-location business, Bob was always willing to share his knowledge with friends, enthusiasts and the entire industry. For several years, he provided helpful advice in his regular SEMA News column. Bob also shared his sense of humor and big heart with everyone who met him.
SEMA’s 1990 Person of the Year, winner of the 1988 SEMA WD of the Year Award and proud member of the SEMA Hall of Fame, Bob was proudest of winning the heart of the beautiful Susan McKee, who believed in his speed shop dream enough to invest her life savings. After its success, she consented to marry him and guarantee a return on her investment!
In addition to his three terms as a member of the SEMA Board of Directors, Bob also contributed his energy and wisdom to the Performance Warehouse Association (PWA, now known as CAN – Custom Automotive Network) as a director of that group for several years, receiving the PWA Pioneer Award in 1995.
Instead of a formal service, the family will host a party sometime this summer to celebrate a great father, boss, mentor and friend. In place of flowers and checkered flags, donations can be made to one of his favorite charities: barthsyndrome.ca.
Bob enjoyed a life full of love, laughter and hot rods—and gave us all a reason to smile. He will be sorely missed.
- From Rob and Andy McJannett