Vale Brian Reed

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Brian

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.

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