Simon McBeath is a freelance writer and photographer who produces regular technical articles for motorsport magazines, primarily Racecar Engineering, and others, having started his freelance career with the much-missed Cars & Car Conversions in 1993.

He has also written technical motorsport books. Until 2014 three titles were available from Haynes Publishing, and following their withdrawal from the market sector Simon signed up with Veloce Publishing, and a third edition of Competition Car Aerodynamics was published in Spring 2015. Competition Car Composites followed in 2016, and Competition Car Data Logging will probably come along again in the near future.

He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. He has also written on a variety of other topics, including travel and meteorology

Simon is also the principal of SM AeRo Techniques (SMART) and The Wing Shop, providing motorsport aerodynamics advisory and racecar wing design services. Simon has close links with DJ Engineering Services Ltd, and under his Wing Shop brand he designed the racecar wings superbly manufactured by them. Click on the links (left) or the logos (right) for further information.

From 1997 until 2015 he worked for Gurston Down Hillclimb near Salisbury in Wiltshire as the Press Officer for the organising club, the British Automobile Racing Club (South Western Centre) and continued layout of event programmes and assisting with local advertising until September 2017. In late 2016 he joined the club's committee but a year later he relinquished all official duties for the club to concentrate on competing again.

As a successful hillclimb competitor on the national scene from 1979 until 2003 Simon also worked as an MSA-approved Instructor at the Gurston Down Hillclimb Drivers School until 2015. And in 2015 he returned to the cockpit after a 12 year layoff, driving a Swift SC92F in the Pre-1994 Formula Ford class. With two wins and three second places from six events entered he won the class in the 2016 Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship, fittingly sponsored by his new publisher Veloce Publishing! He repeated the feat in 2017 with five wins and one second, including winning the inaugural Veloce Publishing-sponsored Hillclimb FF Fest in July 2016 with a new class record time. 2017 was his best season yet with a 100% win rate and victory once more in July's Hillclimb FF Fest against 23 competitors in challenging conditions. He again won the Gurston Down FF class championship. In 2018 he plans to return to some of the other venues he has not competed at for nearly a quarter of a century, as well as tackling the Hillclimb FF Fest at Gurston Down once again.

The Swift was taken to the MIRA wind tunnel in late 2016 and the session was fully written up in Racecar Engineering magazine's Aerobytes column in the December 2016, and January and February 2017 issues. If you missed those, you can find them on my 'Aerodynamics articles' page, where every bit of data is laid bare.



Simon McBeath in Michael Schumacher's Bennetton

It's a tough job but somebody had to do it...
(Thanks to John Colley for the pic)

Veloce Publishing

Simon McBeath Swift SC92 Gurston Down

Swift in MIRA wind tunnel

The Swift in the MIRA wind tunnel

Swift Hillclimb FF Fest Gurston Down

Winning the Hillclimb FF Fest for the second year running, July 2017. Photo courtesy: Martin Woolmington



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