Gerald Smith

Gerald Smith

Gerald Smith flew for the Fleet Air Arm during the war and built his own car, the Kent-Smith, in partnership with JB Kent, which he used through most of 1952 before switching to Arnott and returning to his own car for 1953. In July 1954, Arnott returned to Montlhéry to attack the 750cc records using a Norton 600cc in their streamlined car. Sadly, a conrod break caused Gerald to crash, the car was wrecked and Gerald sustained serious leg injuries, ending his career. Gerald founded his own engineering company in Harlow which still continues making aviation parts.

Daphne Arnott and George Thornton enjoy Gerald's double victory at Brands Hatch, September 1952. Photo courtesy Duncan Rabagliati

Some results for Gerald:

Brands Hatch 22nd June 1952, DNF in juniors, Kent-Smith

Silverstone 23rd August 1952 Commander Yorke Trophy, 5th in juniors, 11th in 100 mile heat, DNF in final, Kent Smith

Brands Hatch 21st September 1952, 2nd in junior heat, 1st in junior final, 1st in handicap, Arnott

Castle Combe 4th October 1952, 10th in heat, Arnott

Brands Hatch 12th October 1952, 4th in senior heat, Arnott


Castle Combe 4th April 1953, 3rd in heat, 4th in final, Kent-Smith

Brands Hatch 7th April 1953 Easter Meeting, 4th in Easter Open heat, Kent-Smith

Ibsley 18th April 1953, 5th in heat, DNF in final, Kent-Smith

Brands Hatch 3rd May 1953, 2nd in senior heat, Kent-Smith

Silverstone 16th May 1953, DNF, Kent-Smith

Brands Hatch 24th May 1953 Coronation Trophy, 3rd in open challenge heat, 5th in senior final, Kent-Smith

Amiens 9th June 1953, 2nd in heat, Arnott

Brands Hatch 14th June 1953, DNF in open challenge heat, 2nd in consolation race, Kent-Smith

Silverstone 18th July 1953 British Grand Prix, 8th, Kent-Smith

Snetterton 25th July 1953, DNF, Kent-Smith

Brands Hatch 3rd August 1953 International Trophy Meeting, 3rd in August sprint heat, 4th in international challenge heat, DNF in final, Kent-Smith


Silverstone 17th July 1954 British Grand Prix, 11th

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