Series Name: Southern Rock Racing Series
Bobby Tanner – Rock Bouncer:
It all started when Bobby decided to go wheeling with his sons at some local parks in a Cab Truck (a truck with the bed removed), and he liked it! In 2009, he purchased his first buggy, Ol’ Orange. At the same time, ColeWerx’s Bryan Cole built him the buggy, Screamin’ Blue, that premiered October 30, 2010, which is the same buggy he is driving today. Quickly after he started wheeling, and certainly once he was behind the wheel of Screamin’ Blue, he became known as the wild man. Back then, rock bouncing wasn’t a sport, it was just a group of core friends going out on the weekend to wheel. As videos started to get posted and interest in the sport started to grow, bounty hills became popular and then the Southern Rock Racing Series was started in 2012. Bobby Tanner is the only driver that has participated in every single SRRS race since its inception. He always puts on a good show at every event. According to Clyde Bynum, an SRRS promoter, Bobby is out to please the crowd, win, lose, or draw. With that in mind, he has consistently sat 2nd or 3rd in SRRS season points. If you are a King of the Hammers fan and watched the Backdoor Shootout last year, then you have seen Screamin’ Blue in action as he bounced right up the fall and, hands down, won the event with the quickest time and wildest ride!
Bobby is a logger by trade and works sun up to sun down. His family is of utmost importance to him. Shelby Tanner and Jordan Tanner have both participated as drivers in SRRS as well.
I have only had a couple quick opportunities to meet Bobby, but it doesn’t take long to understand that he is a southern gentleman with a heavy foot and the ability to have a great time with his offroad family. If you ever have the chance, be sure to introduce yourself…he will shake your hand and offer you a great story.