David Ren­der 1924-2017

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Richard He­sel­tine

For­mer Bri­tish Sprint Cham­pion David Ren­der died on 7 March at the age of 93. The Lon­doner ac­quired his first racer, a Mor­gan 4/4, just be­fore the out­break of World War II, pay­ing £147 with money bor­rowed from a neigh­bour. Ren­der was a dec­o­rated tank commander and Nor­mandy vet­eran who com­peted in his first event – the Brighton Speed Tri­als – in 1947. A year later, he made his cir­cuit de­but aboard the Mor­gan dur­ing the first-ever race meet­ing at Good­wood.

How­ever, it was in speed events that he ex­celled. A friend of Colin Chap­man, Ren­der sprinted and hill-climbed sev­eral Lo­tuses, in­clud­ing an 18 For­mula Ju­nior. He also scored more than 50 wins aboard his Lo­tus twin-cam-en­gined Tor­nado-Fiat 600D in the 1960s. He is per­haps best re­mem­bered for cam­paign­ing Lo­tus 76 and 77 Grand Prix cars in the 1970s, hav­ing per­suaded Chap­man to lend him cars that were still ac­tive in For­mula One. He claimed the 1983 Bri­tish Sprint Cham­pi­onship and re­tired from com­pe­ti­tion af­ter the 1997 Brighton Speed Tri­als. This im­pos­si­bly brave driver had clocked a scarcely be­liev­able 172mph along the Madeira Drive seafront four years ear­lier.

Mo­tor­sport mav­er­ick David Ren­der, who has passed away, aged 93.

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