Terry Smith in the Paddock at Silverstone in 1984.
came from his friend David Franklin who says the funeral will be at Bristol South
Crematorium on Friday 24th March at 1415 and if anyone would like more details,
just get in touch. Email
1985, with six rounds of the BCV8 Championship completed, "Bristol grandad
Terry Smith" was leading the the series with his 300bhp 4.2 litre MGB V8
we hear Terry Smith died on Sunday 26th February from what is believed to have
been a heart attack. Through the 1980s he was a popular competitor in his modified
V8 Roadster with the distinctive blue and silver colour He was one of the early
members of the V8 Register shortly after it was formed in 1978. The genial company
of Terry and fellow competitors David Franklin and Terry Osborne were a welcome
feature of the BCV8 Championship formed in 1975. David provided technical support
for the V8 Roadster at his Huntsman Garage.|
David Franklin recalls
that in the 1980s "Terry won the Brighton Speed Trial with a 5 litre Repco
V8 powered Brabham single seater with a finishing speed of 178 mph I think! He
also held the course record. Victor Smith recalls that "at a supper in Brighton
after the event his modesty over the award was remarkable". After he sold
the V8 Roadster, he raced a Lola T70 with great success in Britain and Europe.
In his earlier years he started hill climbing in the early 1960s with a Cooper-Jap
formula 3 car. He was a man of great experience".
Maude-Roxby was saddened by the news but said "it takes me right back
to the Franklin-Smith racing at Silverstone in the early days! I remember them
telling me they were sponsored by Age Concern! Also the "Baldies are Best"
stickers! Bless him, he was a nice man and with David Franklin made for a fun
Ron Gammons noted "Terry with his lovely West Country
burr was a stalwart MG Car Club member and a seriously keen BCV8 competitor and
supporter. He always looked on the brighter side of life. A real Clubman and a
loss to all".