Pete Smith

Pete was one of the original drivers in the formula and raced from 1968. He was also one of only four drivers to top the Midget points at some point during the Spedeworth years - the others being Rod Tanswell, Frank Boyles and Mick Bonner. He was a proven race winner, particularly in the early years and took victories on most of the Spedeworth circuits but the long circuit outings at Brands Hatch (two wins in 1968) and Lydden Hill (hat trick in July 1970) stand out. He was a founder member of the MARC in 1971 switching from a type 3 Dastle that year to the first of the production built Fireball cars (a mark 2). He later went back to a Dastle racing the newer type 7.

After Midget racing he had a short spell in Superstox in 1974. According to my records his last win was at Aldershot in 1975. He raced the following season and maintained blue grade but just did the one outing in the UK the following year when I think he was exploring overseas racing in NACO Speedway cars in Holland. He popped up again in the UK driver listings in 1983 denoted as racing an oversize engine - presumably to European specification.

Midget racing historian John Hyam said: "Pete and his brother John, Tony Stubbs, Brian Spicer, Dermott McGivern and Ian Fraser Kerr were 'partners in crime' with me when tried to form the NaMICSA (National Midget Car Speedway Association) in the early 1980s."

Fellow racer Paul Daly said: "He was always one of the other drivers that I would enjoy talking with. A kind hearted and mild mannered guy and very dedicated. He and his brother used to do all the work on their own cars and were always experimenting with different ideas."

Pete passed away in 2018

Spotlight on Pete Smith, from Stock Car & Hot Rod Journal, June 1970

Pete Smith hails from Ranmore, near Dorking, which has its fair share of star grade drivers, namely Dave Pierce and the Sweeneys, so it comes as no surprise that we should have one of our best Midget drivers from that area. Pete came into Midget racing at the very start of the sport in this country - purely by accident. He happened to see a Dastle racer and fell for the car at once. Now, of course, with three seasons racing behind him he must rank as one of the most likeable chaps in the business. He is no stranger to motor racing having raced with some success on the circuits in the "Production Sports" Car class using an Elva Courier breathed on by brother John, now also Midget racing. The No. 4 Dastle which Pete drives is powered by an ex Gemini Ford 1100 c.c. engine (old Formula Junior) which makes quite a formidable car to race against. Pete held star grading in 1968 and 1969 and is at present piling on points to regain his star status. His greatest achievements to date are second highest points scorer 68-69 and second in the 1969 National Championship for Midgets. He has very strong views on what form midgets should take in the future, favouring front engine, rear wheel drive cars to bring us more into line with other countries. As for his plans for the future, when asked, his answer was to win a place in a team competing in perhaps South Africa or elsewhere, and of course to win the National Championship for Midgets. He could well do that this year. Aged 30 and still single, Pete must be one of the most eligible bachelors on the raceway today.

 

1968 Spedeweekend

1974 Superstox


Jamaica 1972


1970

Kitchiner 1976