Simon McBeath is a freelance writer and photographer who nowadays produces regular technical articles for Racecar Engineering, having started his freelance career with the much-missed Cars & Car Conversions in 1993. Motorsport aerodynamics is a specialist topic, and an arrangement with ANSYS UK has enabled unique insights using their amazing CFD software. Articles on many other background technical aspects of the sport also feature in his output.

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 may come along again in the 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 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. In 2015 he returned to the cockpit after a 12 year layoff, driving a Swift SC92F in the Pre-1994 Formula Ford class and he won the class in the Gurston Down Championship for the next three seasons. In 2018 he took in events at Prescott and Loton Park as well, finishing second in the Midland Hillclimb Championship class and winning the National MSA Hillclimb Leaders Championship class before deciding to retire from the sport on a high at the final event of 2018!

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 the '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

Simon McBeath, Swift SC92F, Loton Park

Winning the FF class at Loton Park in June 2018.
Photo courtesy: Rob MacDonald


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