Vale Brian Reed
Reed was on the minds of many at the recent Phillip Island Classic – the first big Historics meeting held since his passing in December.
Reed, widely known by his nickname ‘Brique’, was one of the earliest CAMS licenceholders. In 1963 he was granted CAMS licence #18 to reflect his racing number. His first racing experience was early the following year at Calder when he drove an Elfin Clubman against Bib Stillwell’s Cooper Monaco and Norm Crawfoot in a Cooper Jaguar.
He raced a vast array of machines over the years but always had a special affection for the Elfin marque.
Reed competed 12 times in the Bathurst classic between 1964 (Hillman Imp) and 1980 (Dolomite Sprint), posting an incredible finishing rate of 83 percent. His best result was sixth outright with Tony Farrell in a Mazda RX3 in 1974, a stunning result for a class C car. This followed two starts in the outright class where he finished eighth with Bob Watson in an LC Torana GTR XU-1 in ’70 and 25th with Graham Ritter in a Charger R/T E38.
Brique was a man of many talents: competitor, club member, writer, broadcaster, promoter and former CAMS staff member. He was particularly admired throughout the wider Historic racing community for administrative work at the governing body and for championing this growing branch of the sport.
CAMS chief executive Eugene Arocca paid tribute to Reed who had been granted with a Certificate of Appreciation award by the national motorsport body.
“Brique was a true gentleman, and we at CAMS were incredibly lucky to have had him contribute greatly to our sport,” Arocca said. “He was a very good motorsport person, and always took the time to lend his experience for CAMS and for our sport. His legacy in historic motor racing will certainly be forever recognised.”
He died on December 15, aged 77.