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Andy Scriven: 1960-2017

Crawford/ Onroak Chief Designer succumbs to post accident infection

This tribute from his friend Brian Barham

Andy left us December 24th 2017 following a distracted driving accident whilst cycling near his home in Denver, North Carolina USA, where he was working as Chief Designer for Onroak Motorsport (Crawford Racecars).

UK born ‘Scriv’ was an accomplished Motorsport Designer who’s career spanned nearly four decades.

His accident occurred in October, the weekend before the US F1 Grand Prix, where his latest creation, the JS Formula 3 Single Seater was unveiled to coincide with the US Formula 4 Series finale, competed over by a field of Scriven-designed F4-16 cars, this should have been a huge celebration for Andy and his Team.

Andy came up through the ‘old school’ route, in the early ’80’s joining Tiga Race Cars as the van driver, then quickly stepping up to assume his first role as Designer in 1984, producing the 1985 design for the GT285 IMSA Lights/C2 Car.

In 1985 he joined the highly successful TWR Jaguar organization’s Group C program, then went to Brabham Racing and the Alfa Romeo Pro-Car Project.

Next, Andy led design on Lola’s Nissan ‘Group C’ Project before heading across the pond to ply his trade with the Penske Organization, working on Winston Cup, NASCAR, then briefly back to UK for Penske’s CART Program in Poole.

Back once again Stateside in ‘98, Scriv’ joined Cal Wells PPI CART Team in California. 1999, Scriv’ moved to Crawford Composites in North Carolina where he, Max [Crawford] and the Team set about realizing an ambition to become a race car manufacturer.

Over the next 18 years, they created and raced a series of Sports Prototypes, culminating in becoming the designers and manufacturers of the present F4 Racing Series cars, and next years Formula 3 series.

In 2017 Andy was voted in as an Honorary Member of the Road Racing Drivers Club.

Andy had a ready wit, mischievous sense of humour and was fond of pranks, which made him fun to work with and be around.

Outside of work he was a private individual, prolific reader, enjoyed painting and art. He also gave freely of his time as a Triathlete raising money for local charities, and as a Formula SAE Judge / Mentor which he took devilish delight in as he imparted his wisdom.

Following the accident, it seemed like the extraordinary efforts by the surgeons had given Andy a fighting chance to recover from his injuries as he progressed from Critical Intensive Care to Nursing Rehab, and recently Physiotherapy, however it was not to be and he finally succumbed to an infection. Thankfully throughout his ordeal he had the tireless support of his adopted family the Crawford’s, who were constantly by his side.

Heartfelt thanks to Jan, Max, Kate, and Trudie, also to the Denver Rotary Club, and his extended racing family who sent words of encouragement.

Andy is survived by his sister, Judith Shapland and husband Roger in England. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton NC is serving the family.

You can read a little more about Andy in this interview from DSC’s Archive covering his work on the successful Crawford DP03 (above) Daytona Prototype Here