Andrew Scriven

Hometown:
Denver, N.C.
Status:
Memoriam

Andrew John Scriven, 56,  passed away Dec. 24, 2017, the result of injuries suffered in October in a distracted driving accident whilst cycling near his home in Denver, N.C., where he was working as Chief Designer for Onroak Motorsport (aka Crawford Racecars).

UK-born ‘Scriv’ was an accomplished motorsport designer whose career spanned nearly four decades. His accident occurred the weekend before the US F1 Grand Prix where his latest creation – the JS Formula 3 Single Seater – was unveiled. The introduction coincided with the US Formula 4 Series finale, contested by a field of Scriven-designed F4-16 car in what should have been a huge celebration for Scriven and his team.

Scriven came up through the ‘old school’ route, joining Tiga Race Cars in the early ‘80s as the van driver. In 1984 his design talents leading to the production the following year of the GT285 IMSA Lights/C2 Car. In 1985 he joined the highly successful TWR Jaguar organization’s Group C program, then went to Brabham Racing and the Alfa Romeo Pro-Car Project. Next, Andy led design on Lola’s Nissan ‘Group C’ Project before heading across the pond to ply his trade with the Penske Organization, working on Winston Cup, NASCAR, then briefly back to UK for Penske’s CART Program in Poole. Back once again Stateside in ‘98, Scriv’ joined Cal Wells PPI CART Team in California.

Around the turn of the century, Scriven moved to N.C.-based Crawford & Crawford Composites to catalyze Max Crawford’s effort to become a race car manufacturer. Over the next 18 years, they created and raced a series of Sports Prototypes, culminating in the design and manufacturer of the present F4 Racing S.

Scriven was voted in as an Honorary Member of the Road Racing Drivers Club in 2017.

According to associates he was possessed of a ready wit, a mischievous sense of humor and a fondness for pranks. Outside of work he was a private individual, prolific reader and enjoyed painting and art. He also gave freely of his time as a Triathlete, raising money for local charities, and as a Formula SAE Judge / Mentor which he took devilish delight in as he imparted his wisdom.

Following the accident, it appeared the extraordinary efforts by the surgeons had given Scriven a fighting chance to recover from his injuries as he progressed from Critical Intensive Care to Nursing Rehab, and then Physiotherapy. Unfortunately, he was felled by an infection. Thankfully throughout his ordeal he had the tireless support of his adopted family the Crawford’s, who were constantly by his side. 

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