Onboard a Formula 5000 racing car with the legendary Ken Smith
Smith first competed in motor racing in 1958, winning the New Zealand Hill Climb championship when he was 16. He progressed to single seater racing in 1962, first driving a Lola March T, Formula Junior car. Later he raced in Formula Ford, Formula 5000, Formula Pacific, Formula Mondial, and Toyota Racing Series among others.For six seasons in the 1970s stock-block V8-engined Formula 5000 single-seaters brought Formula 1-like speed, colour and excitement to circuits in Australia, New Zealand and the USA . Thanks to a small but determined group of New Zealand category enthusiasts those days are back in the form of the Tasman Revival Series.
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Smith won the Gold Star Drivers Award in the 1975–1976, 1983–1984, 1984–1985, 1986–1987 and 1989–1990 seasons, and in 2011 he won the Formula 5000 Revival championship for the third time.As well as his victories in New Zealand, Ken has also won the Penang Grand Prix three times, the Selangor Grand Prix twice, and the Malaysian Grand Prix once.