by Chris Tobin
A documentary film on New Zealand motorsport great Kenny Smith will be screened at MovieMax Digital in Timaru this week.
The film’s producer, Adam Jones, said he was working independently hiring theatres to screen the documentary which was titled “60 years at the wheel”.
Smith (78) has been racing for this period of time and is expected to line up for his 49th New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild in a few weeks’ time.
“I spent three years following Kenny around and met a lot of people he has worked with and kids he has mentored,” Mr Jones said.
The film started at the 2017 Pukekohe Supercars event round where Smith competed in a Formula 5000, through to his 47th New Zealand Grand Prix in February 2018.
A trip Smith made to the United States where he raced in the 50th Anniversary Monterey Motorsport Reunion meeting at Laguna Seca, in which nearly 50 F5000 cars competed, is also featured.
In the 1960s Smith raced against such such stellar drivers as Chris Amon, Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart.
Three decades later he was winning in Formula Pacific/Atlantic against a new generation of racers such as Greg Murphy, Paul Radisich and Craig Baird.
Mr Jones said screenings in Christchurch had sold out but interest had been slow in Timaru, although he had been told Timaru people often left things to the last minute for such events.
The documentary will be screened at Movie Max Digital in Timaru on Wednesday, February 5 at 6pm.