Go Back to Marques and Men PageSmith Mk I

Ken Smith built his first special between November 1947 and May 1948, after a motorcycle accident forced a brief stay in hospital. It was heavily inspired by the Prototype Cooper using Fiat derived suspension at both ends linked by a ladder type chassis. The Smith Mk I used a JAP engine, mounted centrally, powering the rear wheels through a Norton gearbox.

He ran this car for two years until a significant shunt at Brands in October 1950, after which he commissioned a chassis from Bucker for his second car, the Smith Buckler.

 

Ken in the Mk I sometime in 1949

In January 1951, Iota published this article by Ken on his experiences.

 

Known results:

Great Auclum Sprint 24th July 1948, DNF

Brighton Speed Trials 4th September 1948, 11th

Prescott Hill 12th September 1948, 6th

Silverstone 2nd October 1948 British Grand Prix, DNF

Brands Hatch 7th August 1950, 2nd in non production race

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