David Render 1924-2017
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.