Robin Richards

Robin Richards

2/8/1920

Robin Richards is probably better known for his motor racing and rallying commentaries for the BBC, he competed in sprints, hill climbs, rallies and races for 4 years between 1947 and 1950.

Robin Richards is probably better known for his motor racing and rallying commentaries for the BBC between 1950 and 1975 than his racing. These ibncluded covering Le Mans 24 hour races, 25 RAC Rallies, 25 Monte Carlo Rallies and many GPs throughout Europe as well as other International races.

Robin competed in sprints, hill climbs, rallies and races for 4 years between 1947 - 1950.

In 1948 he finished second driving with Eric Thompson in BRDC team which beat AGACI in the 12 hr race at Montlhery. He won the 1st Coupe des Alpes Rally with John Beaumont as his navigator and in 1949, finished 4th in the Monte Carlo Rally with co-driver Leonard Potter.

Finished respectably in the Tourist Trophy Race, Dundrod, 1950 and a variety of shorter races, sprints and hill climbs. Ran out of road in the 1950 Mille Miglia.

he wrote "Speed and a Microphone (An Introduction to Motorsport)", published in 1958 by William Kimber & Co and was chosen as one of the Top Ten Motor Racing Personalities of 1966 in a book by Louis Stanley, "Grand Prix", published in 1967 by MacDonald and Co, from which the following quote is taken,

"An ebullient, enthusiastic prime BBC commentator, whose non stop flow of words makes dull races seem exciting. He has raised the techniques of commentating to a high level and brought the detailed excitement of the circuits to every home."

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