Lan Smith Obituary, Death – The British Racing and Sports Car Club are saddened to learn of the passing of Ian Smith, a long-standing BRSCC Official and dedicated formulae coordinator for the Northern & Super Classic Formula Ford championship. Ian Smith was also fondly known to his friends and colleagues as “Diz.” His passing has left the BRSCC and the Northern & Super Classic Formula Ford championship in a state of mourning.
Ian was regarded as one of the most influential event organizers and pioneers in the Formula Ford category, and he was a strong member of the Formula Ford community. As a result of his efforts, he became one of the co-founders of Formula “E,” which was an affordable Formula Ford championship for pre-1974 cars that was established in 1979. His contributions were significant in this capacity.
Ian was also instrumental in the development of competitions like the Champion of Brands and the Champion of Oulton, and in more recent times he served as a much-appreciated coordinator for the Formula Ford National and Super Classic Pre-99 Championships held by the British Racing Sports Car Club (BRSCC). In addition to this, Ian held the position of Competition Secretary for the Aintree Circuit Club and maintained connections with the BRSCC North Western Centre in his home region.
Because of his efforts, which were all done on a voluntary basis, thousands of drivers have been able to make the transition from low-level single-seater racing to higher levels of competition in their sport. Ian also received the club’s prestigious Bert Lamkin Memorial Salver for the 2012 season for his hard work and dedication overseeing Formula Ford, and in 2022, he was nominated to receive a Long Service Recognition Certificate from Motorsport UK as part of their Roll of Honours.
This honor was bestowed upon him in recognition of his long tenure of service to the organization. Everyone who knew him in the world of motorsport is going to miss him tremendously, especially the people in the Formula Ford community, whom he cared deeply about and loved a great deal. During this terrible time, the BRSCC and all of its members would like to extend their deepest condolences and thoughts of sympathy to Ian’s wife, Dianne, as well as his family, friends, and coworkers.