Ken Smith (racing driver)

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Kenneth Smith
Nationality New Zealand New Zealander
Born (1942-08-11) 11 August 1942 (age 74)
Awards
1987 Member of the Order of the British Empire

Kenneth James Smith MBE (born 11 August 1942) is a New Zealand motor racing driver, who won the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1976, 1990, and 2004.[1][2]

Smith first competed in motor racing in 1958, winning the New Zealand Hill Climb championship when he was 16. He progressed to single seater racing in 1962, first driving a Lola March T, Formula Junior car. Later he raced in Formula Ford, Formula 5000, Formula Pacific, Formula Mondial, and Toyota Racing Series among others[3][4]

Smith won the Gold Star Drivers Award in the 1975–1976, 1983–1984, 1984–1985, 1986–1987 and 1989–1990 seasons.[5] In 2011 Smith won the Formula 5000 Revival championship for the third time.[6] As well as his victories in New Zealand, Smith also won the Penang Grand Prix three times, the Selangor Grand Prix twice, and the Malaysian Grand Prix once.[7]

Honours and awards[edit]

Smith was awarded the MBE in the 1987 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to motorsport,[8] and in 1995 was inducted into the New Zealand Motorsport Hall of Fame.[9] In 2008 he received the Motorsport Personality of the Year award.[10] In 2010 he received a Motorsport New Zealand Special Award given in recognition of his pivotal role in motorsport.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ken Smith Still Has Winning Formula". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "New Zealand Grand Prix". Toyota Racing Series. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ken Smith". Speedcafe.com. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Toyota Racing Series". Toyota Racing Series. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Gold Star Race Champions - Single Seater". Motorsport New Zealand. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Smith Secures Third Consecutive Formula 5000 Revival Crown". Motorsport New Zealand. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Titles". Ken Smith. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  8. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50950, 12 June 1987. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  9. ^ "'You' Night Attracts Scott Dixon". scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Motorsport New Zealand Media Awards". Motorsport New Zealand. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Motorsport New Zealand Special Award". Motorsport New Zealand. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Warwick Brown
New Zealand Grand Prix Winner
1976
Succeeded by
Keke Rosberg
Preceded by
Dean Hall
New Zealand Grand Prix Winner
1990
Succeeded by
Craig Baird
Preceded by
Jonny Reid
New Zealand Grand Prix Winner
2004
Succeeded by
Simon Gamble