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Roy Smith - Obituary

Roy Smith 1933 – 2020

Roy SmithRoy Smith, President of Eastern Counties Motor Club, lost his battle with Coronavirus on 30th April 2020.

Roy joined the club in 1952, competing in autotests, road rallies and car trials, often in the Austin A35 he purchased new in 1957. 

Roy was Clerk of the Course of the club’s renowned Felixstowe Autotests from 1969 until 1979. One of his proudest moments was in 1977, when the event won the Denis Flather Shield, the award presented by the British Trials and Rally Drivers Association for the best event in the BTRDA autotest championship. It was an achievement he would reminisce about many times in later life.

Mini SpecialIn the 80’s and 90’s he was a familiar sight in the gold autotest mini special, competing with son Simon.

Roy was also a regular member of the service crew for son Simon in his orange Mk2 Escort rally car, even well into his 80’s.

Roy had tirelessly supported Eastern Counties Motor Club throughout his life.

Austin A35In more recent times, Roy and Joyce had regularly attended classic events in the A35 that they still owned. Roy always enjoying recounting the history of the car to anyone who was interested. 

The Funeral will be at the end of May – limited to only immediate family members due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

A celebration of Roy’s life will be arranged at a future date.

If you would like to make a donation in Roy’s memory, this would be for Alzheimer’s Research UK, which may be sent c/o Hyde Chambers Funeral Home, 5b Kings Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3DJ  


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