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Robin Smith: 1943-2019

Le Mans Class Winner, Sportscar, GT and F1 racer

The sad news reached DSC earlier this week of the death over the weekend of eight-time Le Mans 24 Hours racer and 1979 class winner, Robin Smith after a long illness.

Robin had spent much of the last decade and a half in the Caribbean latterly working as a master fixer of almost anything afloat “from dinghies to superyachts” but prior to that was a regular entrant, usually with his own Simpson Engineering team, in both GT and Prototype competition, as well as with a shot at Aurora F1 Series glory in 1979 and 1980, and a decade later in the UK F3000 Championship.

His Le Mans adventures included a class win in the Sports 2 litre class in 1979 in the Mogil Motors Chevron B36 Ford with Tony Charnell and Richard Jones (pictured top) as well as being a part of the reintroduction to the Le Mans entry with Ferrari after a decade’s absence in 1993, a pair of attempts with a 348 LM seeing little reward for the endeavour, the 1993 attempt falling victim to Eddie Irvine bundling the Ferrari off track in the warm-up!

Robin’s racing endeavours continued way beyond Le Sarthe with efforts in a variety of national, continental and global Championships in a bewildering variety of Prototype machinery culminating in the Riley and Scott MkIII in the FIA SCC.

With grateful thanks to his son Julian, we can pass on the details of Robin’s funeral”

All are welcome. Preferably wearing a typical Caribbean shirt. He wasn’t one for formalities.

22nd February at 10:30 am Forest of Dean Crematorium. GL14 3HU
Followed by a Celebration of Life at 12:00

Mounton Brook Lodge
NP16 6LF

We’d like to pass on our condolences to all of Robin’s friends, and of course to his family.