I love cars and motorsport. I got into cars
because my dad was a bit of a car nut in his day,
and I used to sit on his knee as a kid and watch
the likes of Niki Lauda and Michele Alboreto in F1.
Whilst my mum wanted me to learn to knit and sew, I
was outside in the garage with my dad learning how
to change plugs and oil filters!
The photo below was taken at Snetterton in 1998
when I went to a Formula Palmer Audi race meeting
as a guest of Justin Wilson (now in CART). I had a
great day mainly because everything and everyone
was so accessible, you could walk up to any of the
drivers for an autograph, photo or chat, and they
were all so friendly and eager to talk to you about
their racing. I think that when you have actually
met and talked to the drivers, you tend to support
them more vigorously in their racing because they
seem more human to you than an F1 driver surrounded
by a barrage of security.
I used to race karts, click the KARTING link to
read more. It's excellent fun and I totally
recommend it!!!! If you go to corporate karting
events of if you are on a team and you ever need a
spare driver, please get in touch! Unfortunately
lack of dough means I don't get to race much
In September 2001 I went to the Lotus factory in
Hethel, Norfolk, and did a Driver Training Course,
where I got to drive a Mk II Elise all day! I was
honored to have Dave Minter as my instructor and
very good he was too. I was a bit nervous at first
but soon got into it and was off and away! Click
HERE to see my Driver Score Sheet and HERE to see
In October 2003 I did a Lotus "Scare yourself
Sensible" day too, certificate below.
1999 was my first year racing karts properly.
After pootling around in corporate karts I decided
to go for it for real. I can't afford my own kart
so for 2 years I raced in a team driving a 4-stroke
Prokart in the Kartsport Endurance once a month at
PF International circuit in Lincolnshire. I also
did a couple of races in the Club 100 Sprint
Series, which runs 2-stroke direct drive karts all
over the country at various circuits.
Unfortunately I don't race for the team anymore,
lack of money put me on the sidelines, but I still
make the occasional outing to various circuits now
and then, just not as often as I would like.
If you need a spare driver for any of your
corporate or otherwise karting events, please give
me a call!
I have raced at Lydd (Kent), Birmingham Wheels,
Daytona Milton Keynes, The Raceway in London,
Buckmore Park (Kent), Silverstone indoor and Stowe
circuits, and PF International (Lincolnshire).
Previous races have included a BTCC Media day,
where we were teamed up against Touring Car
drivers. I raced with the carenthusiast.com lads
and we came 4th overall! We had BTCC Production
driver James Kaye as our guest driver.
Name: Rachel Smith
Lives: Norwich, UK
Job: Web Developer
Interests: Motorsport, fast cars and
motorbikes, scuba diving, keeping rats, swing
dancing, WW2 airfields, the 8th Air Force and it's
history, heavy bombers (B17, B24, B25), WW2 fighter
planes, collecting vintage LIFE and YANK magazines,
Jack Daniels, chocolate, eBay, gadgets, home
baking, karting, warm sunshine, autumn days, long
summer nights in a beer garden with good
- Own a stable of exotic sports cars
- Be rich enough to never work again
- Swim with whale sharks/dolphins
- Go whale watching
- Fly across the Grand Canyon
- Have a flight in a P51, Lancaster, B24/B25
- To dive "Blackjack", a sunken B17 in Papua
Life highlights to date:
- Beating 50,000 other girls to be a finalist
in ITV's "Formula Woman"
- Having a flight in a B17 bomber
- My first drive round Hethel in a Lotus
- Scuba diving in the Red Sea
Claim to fame: Maternal grandfather is
related through marriage to Margaret Cook, sister
of Capt. James Cook.
Choons: 1940s Big Band!!! I love Miller,
Dorsey, Basie etc....also Ella Fitzgerald, Billie
Holliday, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Sinatra,
Tony Bennett. Gilbert & Sullivan Opera is also
a fave, plus various classical stuff such as
Grieg's Holberg Suite & Peer Gynt Suite, John
Tavener, Ludovico Einaudi...again, too much to
list. Modern tastes include The Manics (saw them on
NYE 1999 in Cardiff - wicked!), Radiohead, Turin
Brakes, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Placebo, Pink
Floyd, Matchbox 20, club & dance music.....most
stuff except ragga, rap, metal and teeny-pop.
Films: Star Wars Trilogy, Gladiator, The
Abyss, Road Trip, LOTR 1, American Grafitti,
Groundhog Day, City Slickers, Ghostbusters, The
Mummy, The Matrix, Stuart Little, The Faculty,
Terminator 1 & 2, Saving Private Ryan, Twelve
o'clock High, Pearl Harbor, Kate & Leopold.
Old classic faves include High Society,
Young at Heart, Wuthering Heights, Roman Holiday,
Friendly Persuasion, Singing in the Rain, Gone With
the Wind and Calamity Jane.
Family: Elder brother Iain, ageing hippy,
Divemaster and rock gee-tar player.
Keeping boredom at bay....
- Home Baking
- Going to airshows/restored WWII
- Attending numerous 1940s swing dances around
- Chasing vintage planes
- Learning dressmaking
- Watching too many DVDs
- Spending ££££ on
- Drinking whiskey
- Going to the cinema
- Collecting vintage LIFE and YANK
- Moaning about life in general
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