Rosemary went on to drive for many of the leading motor manufacturers, including Ford, BL, Porsche, Opel, Lancia and Chrysler Talbot as the trailblazer she became for Irish motorsport through her incredible talent.
There was the famous French disqualification of many UK teams in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally, including Rosemary’s Hillman Imp, but she picked herself up, going on to even more success such as 3rd in the Scottish Rally that year. An outright win in the 1969 Cork 20 Rally and 4th in the Scottish Rally, then brilliant results in the Alpine Rally, the Canadian Shell 4000, the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon and the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally.
That 1970 World Cup Rally from London to Mexico was an example of her pure grit, determination and endurance skills. The event was flagged away from Wembley, but before she went off in her unfancied and unreliable 70’s BL Austin Maxi, the Chairman Lord Stokes told her that he’d be pleased if they got as far as Dover – thousands of miles later, including struggling for power over the Andes, Rosemary and Alice Watson finished in Mexico 10th overall and took the Ladies Prize!
There were many strong results with co-driver Pauline Gullick such as their 20th overall on the Ulster Rally in 1981 in an Opel Ascona 400 proved, the pair were 10th on the Galway Rally in the same car. Pauline and Rosemary rallied together in the 90’s too, finishing 20th in the Historic Tulpen Rally in a Sunbeam Tiger similar to the car Rosemary had driven in her early career for the Rootes Group.
There was a catalogue of great results in the 70’s including 4th on Mull in 1972 and 7th on the Texaco Rally in 1973 in a Ford RS 1600.
And on she went, five years later Smith set a new land speed record in Cork, adding another achievement to her long list of successes. In the 1990s she founded a driving school, using all her experience and knowledge to help drivers, she also wrote her memoirs in her book that has gone on to sell extremely well ‘Driven’ by Rosemary Smith.
To add to Rosemary Smith's long list of achievements, she set the record for the oldest person to drive an F1 car! In 2017 at the age of 79, she drove an 800bhp F1 racing car during a test drive with the Renault F1 Team at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France.