Kenny Smith MBE, NZ

Date of Birth August 11, 1942
Hometown Auckland, New Zealand
Current Racing Team Ken Smith Motor Racing
Futura Trailer Tandem Axle

Driver Bio

Kenny Smith is a legendary New Zealand motor racing driver who won the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1976, 1990, and 2004, and who has completed over 57 consecutive seasons on the motor racing circuit, having first raced competitively in 1958.
Kenny has come a long way since winning the New Zealand Hill Climb Championship as a 17-year-old back in 1958. The now 73-year-old has basically not stopped winning since. Having accumulated three New Zealand Grand Prix titles (1976, 1990, 2004), five Gold Star driver awards, three Formula 5000 titles, three Penang Grand Prix titles, won the Selangor Grand Prix twice and the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Off the track Kenny was awarded with the MBE in the 1987 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his service to Motorsport. Additionally, in 1995 he was inducted to the New Zealand Motorsport Hall of Fame.
And what does humble, hardworking Kenny say about retirement, “As you get older you don’t lose your touch. I’ve been racing cars for nearly 60 years so I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or two in that time. As long as I’m breathing I’ll be racing.”

Career Highlights

Championship Titles Teams
New Zealand Grand Prix – 1976, 1990, 2004 Formula 5000
MSC F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series – 2009, 2010, 2011 Formula Pacific
Gold Star Drivers Award – 1975-1976, 1983-1984, 1984-1985, 1986-1987, 1989-1990 Formula Mondial
Formula Pacific New Zealand International Series – 1984, 1990 Toyota Racing Series
Penang Grand Prix – 1971, 1972, 1979 Formula Ford
Queens Birthday Honours – 1987
New Zealand Motorsport Hall of Fame – 1995