May 2017 and I was honoured to receive the CSCC`s inaugural 'Clubman of the Year' trophy for volunteer services for 2016 for all my media work. To be fair the club had done everything possible to get me to the posh end of season awards the previous november to suprise me with it then but as I dont do 'posh' they had to wait til the season opener to get me ! Here special guest Tony Sugden presented the award and we have since become good pals to the point ive built a biographical website on his race career. Its about the only trophy ive ever won for anything so it was indeed an honour.
Here in the Thruxton pitlane at the wheel of the one and only Daf V8
Grinning like a Cheshire cat in Ric Wood`s monster Mega Bertha at Mallory Park.
and at Donington in Dave Taylor`s Mick Hill-built Beetle V8
My name is Dave Smith , i`m 56 and from Mansfield in the heart of Robin Hood country. Ive never owned a competition car nor ever raced so this project is done from an enthusiasts point of view. My favourite racing driver of all time is Gilles Villenuve and ive never really liked F1 since his death. In fact i doubt i would go to watch F1 even if i had a free ticket. Obviously i like special saloons plus British GTs, Le Mans sports cars ,Group 5 cars, most historics, DTM, Group 2 ETCC etc.
If i had more time i would build a website of the A to Z of Brooklands cars as it needs doing. When ever im in Blakeney ( Norfolk ) i always stop by the Church to pay my respects to Sir Henry Birkin, the greatest driver from my county of Nottinghamshire. Other heroes include Dan Gurney, Ronnie Peterson and Jacky Ickx .