A RACING team will take to the track in memory of a colleague and friend who passed away last year.
Graham Salter, who owned Graham’s Motor Services on the Granby Industrial Estate and Southill, died on May 5 at the age of 54 after a sudden deterioration in health.
The business is being continued by Graham’s ‘right hand man’ Dave Fishlock, who has rallied a team together for a racing event in memory of his friend.
The team will ride in the Front Wheel Drive Production class under Graham’s colours at West Fossil Farm in Tadnoll this Sunday.
It is the first of 14 racing events of the season for Bourne Motor Racing Club.
Racer Darren Hawdon, 40, of Weymouth said: “Graham had been racing for more than 30 years and he had been with Bourne Motor Racing Club for 10 years. We will be racing under his colours.”
Other teammates include, Richard Stocker, 33, Alex Hollsworth, 31, and Motoring Services staff member Maxwell Brickill, 20.
Often known as ‘The Big Boss’ and ‘Grand Old Man Of Grasstrack Racing’, Graham will be remembered for his successful wins at hill climbing, RAC competition rallies, Wessex Stadium and Mendips Raceway, Bristol and for his Oval and Grass Track racing of hot rod and banger racing.
He was also chairman of Bourne Motor Racing Club for many years and later the ‘man on the mic’ at race meetings.
Cars were his love and life.
After retiring from the motor racing circuits his next venture was his tag axle motor home, spending family weekends on his beloved Exmoor.
Graham is survived by his loving wife Bridget and devoted son Ben.
More than 80 cars will take to the track, between Owermoigne and Wool this Sunday, to compete in several different classes.
The Weymouth team paid their thanks to Kevin Lloyd, the current owner of the Weymouth garage, who allowed them to use the site to work on their cars after hours.
Mr Hawdon added: “We will be racing in adapted Honda Civic cars – our class is for the standard car.”
Organiser Darren Collins said all are welcome to watch the event which will include eight formulas and four heats.
Entrance is £6 for adults and £3 for children – the event starts at 10.30am. For more information contact 07704 639132.