We are so sorry to announce that Nigel Hall-Smith passed away in the early hours of 16th October 2017 in hospital in Stevenage. He is pictured here receiving his CRMC Championship Trophy, which we presented to him just a few days earlier.  
Nigel Hall-Smith with his CRMC Championship trophy in hospital
Poor Nigel has lost his battle against oesophageal cancer and passed away in the early hours of Monday, 16th October 2017. His wife Andye has been with him throughout his stay in hospital and he has been visited there by many friends in recent weeks.  
 
"Having just announced the CRMC Championship results on the website last week, I was pleased to be able to phone and tell Nigel that he had won the Classic 1300 Clubman Twins Championship and he was so pleased. With some great work behind the scenes, our trophy supplier was able to get the trophy engraved and delivered to me within 24 hours and I arranged with Nigel and Andye to present it to him in Lister Hospital, Stevenage last Thursday. Although he was obviously in some pain and discomfort, he was nevertheless very pleased and proud to receive it.  
 
I and many other CRMC members have enjoyed many good races against Nigel over the years and he never gave up, whether on track or off. 
 
We pass on our most sincere condolences to our friend Nigel, who will be much missed in the CRMC paddock.  
 
RIP Nigel 
by Mark George, CRMC Chairman" 
Nigel Hall-Smith receiving his trophy from CRMC Chairman Mark George
Nigel and Andye Hall-Smith
Nigel Hall-Smith - the Champion. RIP Nigel

Funeral Arrangements 

Nigel's funeral will be on Thursday, 2nd November 2017 from 1pm at : 
All Saints Church, 
50 Church St,  
Shillington,  
Hitchin, 
SG5 3LH 
 
There is not much parking at the church, so please try and park elsewhere in the village.  
 
 
 
Please feel free to leave your comments about Nigel and send your condolences to Andye using the form below. Once approved, comments will be published here. 

The Wake 

After the church service there will be a wake at: 
The Cricketers Pub 
107 Arlesey Road, 
Ickleford, 
Hitchin, 
SG5 3TH 
 
If you intend coming to the wake, it would be helpful if you could simply click here to send a quick email message to Claire, who is helping Andye with the arrangements.  
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On 31st October 2017 at 18:19, Jonty and Arri wrote:
We are so sad to hear Nigel has lost his brave battle. He was one in a million and race meeting will never be the same without him and his beloved Fluff. Love Jon & Arri.
On 28th October 2017 at 12:36, Normski wrote:
Such a sad loss , Nigel was a great guy, great racer and a great engineer, we had many great discussions on bikes and Jaguars and when he came thru scrutineering we always had a chat and a laugh, will miss you mate, RIP and love and sincere condolences to Andye take care. Normski
On 27th October 2017 at 21:34, Martyn Hartshorne wrote:
What a sad sad time the club and members are enduring , once again only being with the club for one full season I did not know Nigel or his family but that. Dos not stop my thoughts being with all his friends and family, Cannot stop looking at the heart wrenching photos on the blog page so very sad
May you all have the strength to carry on
Martyn No 74 Parade rider
On 24th October 2017 at 18:48, Richard and Cheryl Taylor wrote:
Andye, so sorry to hear of your loss. Our mutual friend Chris Wilkins phoned me today with this tragic news. We remember Nigel and yourself from the days ( or nights ) at The Goat pub in St. Albans. It may be 30 odd years since we last saw you but Nigel's generosity is still warmly remembered after he did several welding jobs for me whilst refusing any payment. A truly nice and genuine guy. Our deepest condolences to you Andye.
On 21st October 2017 at 17:52, Jerry Fiford wrote:
In all the years I raced with the CRMC Nigel and Andye were always there and made my race meeting times in the paddock even better. RIP Nigel, it won't be the same without you. Hope to meet up again soon Andye x
On 19th October 2017 at 18:37, Jim Freeman wrote:
So sorry to hear, I didn't know Nigel personally, but always saw him around the paddock for many years. Ride in Peace.
On 18th October 2017 at 17:31, Graham Lawlor wrote:
Nigel, I am so grateful that you came up to the Donington commentary box for a chat. You were clearly suffering but the spirit of competition was so obviously still burning in your heart and I could see that you were desperate to get out there and get stuck in. A CRMC legend!
On 18th October 2017 at 09:16, Mel Boustead wrote:
So so sad to hear of Nigel's passing. My late brother Les introduced me to Nigel and Andye at Snetterton way back in the mid 80s and it was the start of a long friendship and also professional relationship in which he worked on many bikes for me.
My most enduring memory is from a meeting at Three Sisters (anyone remember that circuit?) when I took a Suffolk Punch mower that someone had given me to see if he could get it working. Sitting in his frame tent garage, still in his leathers, on the Saturday it did not take him long to get it going. Riders walked by and all asked "What's that?" we both replied "It's a lawn mower" Rather than then ask "What's it doing here?" The next question from most was "What's it for?" ..............................cutting f.....g grass we responded!
RIP Nigel one of the very best.
On 18th October 2017 at 02:32, Paul Eagle wrote:
I'm so sorry to hear the sad new, a true gentleman, it's has been a pleasure to have known and raced against such a lovely man.
On 17th October 2017 at 22:16, Carolyn Mazzei wrote:
So sorry for your loss Andye, such a lovely guy. Thinking of you x