Robin Simpson Smith was born in Kilmarmock, Scotland and studied automotive engineering at Loughborough College, Leicestershire where he obtained a Dip. Tech. before joining his first race team as a mechanic preparing cars for the Ford works team. The following season he moved to a European race team based in Austria and gained valuable international race experience and friendships with many who have become stalwarts in European Motorsport leadership. In 1964 he built his first car, the Project 4, which he raced at Ingliston Circuit in Scotland. By 1972 Robin was competing regularly in Scottish club racing with a variety of sportscars including a Lola 212 which he prepared and raced in the International World Championship for Sportscars. Good results led to interested sponsors, and for the next three years he successfully competed throughout Europe in Chevron Sportscars, notably the B23 and B26. In 1977 he drove Formula 5000, driving a Lola T332, which led to an invitation to, drive at Le Mans for the first of nine appearances at the circuit. Driving Chevrons became his own art form although it was two years before he achieved his ambition - to win first in class and first British car home at Le Mans with an engine he built himself. That was in 1979, a busy year for Robin, one in which he drove both Surtees and Ensign in the British Formula 1 series. At this time an opportunity arose to take over the Chevron Sportscar Company and Robin saw the chance to build Sportscars that combined all the experience he had gained as a driver. For the next four years he designed and built Sports 2000 cars at the Chevron works in Scotland, most of which were exported to the United States. Whilst visiting the States he was offered a drive in the powerful Can-Am cars and several years later prepared and drove a March-Chevrolet Can-Am car from the Paul Newman stable in the Thundersports UK series with first places at Brands Hatch and Snetterton. At the same time he was still Sportscar racing in Europe and won the prestigious Supercup race in Nurburgring 1989 driving an Argo-Zakspeed.