A Bradford firm has exhibited a replica of legendary stock car driver Stu Smith’s car at an international show to raise funds for charity.
Staff from Simmonites Land Rover, based in Thornton Road, Thornton, have helped build a Formula 1 stock car in memory of the decorated driver.
Mr Smith, who is regarded by many as the greatest driver in the history of F1 Stock Car Racing, won six World Championships, 13 consecutive national points’ titles and more than 500 meeting finals during his glittering 21-year career.
His two sons, Andrew and Stu Jr, followed in his footsteps and both became world champions in the sport.
The finished tribute car was displayed by representatives of the Bradford company at the Autosport International exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC last weekend. Simmonites teamed up with Team Smith Motorsport on the project.
The car has been built to help support the BHF, with Simmonites looking to raise at least £5,000 for the charity, with more than £1,000 raised before their appearance at the show.
Mark Calzoni, Simmonites managing director, said: “We wanted to get involved because Stuart passed away from heart disease and the BHF do such amazing work. We are hoping to raise more than £5,000 for the BHF helping them to fund the research that is so urgently needed to fight heart disease.
“It’s been incredibly easy to co-ordinate, and great fun to organise.
“It promises to be a great day for all involved.”
Sue Green, BHF fundraising manager, said: “We never cease to be amazed by the extraordinary ways people like to fundraise for the BHF.
Go to justgiving.com/fundraising/stuart-smith-391-build to make a donation.