Man dies dur­ing clas­sic trial

Driver dies and pas­sen­ger in­jured dur­ing off-road hill-climb event

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Trib­utes have been paid to a pen­sioner who died dur­ing a clas­sic hill-climb event ear­lier this month.

Named lo­cally as 66-year-old Colin Butt, the driver died af­ter his 1984 Mar­lin kit car tipped over dur­ing the Ex­eter Trial on 7 Jan­uary. The open-top car was tack­ling the tricky Woos­ton Steep Hill in Devon and is be­lieved to have nearly made it to the top be­fore his car rolled back down, col­lided with an ad­ja­cent bank and tipped over. Mr Butt and his pas­sen­ger were thrown from the car. The pas­sen­ger, be­lieved to be in his 30s, es­caped with a mi­nor arm in­jury.

Com­ments on­line de­scribe Butt as a ‘one of the nicest blokes you could hope to meet’ and some­one who ‘gen­uinely loved his rac­ing.’

Tim Swietochowski, head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion says: ‘We can con­firm that one com­peti­tor has died and another was in­jured in an in­ci­dent on the Mo­tor Cy­cling Club (MCC) Ex­eter Trial.

‘As with all se­ri­ous in­ci­dents in or around UK mo­tor­sport, the MSA is now work­ing with the event-or­gan­is­ing club and the po­lice to es­tab­lish pre­cisely what hap­pened on this oc­ca­sion.

‘ The MSA sends its sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­ily and friends of the de­ceased and of­fers the in­jured com­peti­tor its very best wishes for a full re­cov­ery.’

Philippa Thomp­son, me­dia ser­vices of­fi­cer for Devon and Corn­wall Po­lice adds: ‘Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the col­li­sion.’

Close to 300 cars and bikes were com­pet­ing in the 88th ma­jor run­ning of the event, which is or­gan­ised by the Mo­tor Cy­cling Club. From three start­ing lo­ca­tions, com­peti­tors took on 14 hills through­out Fri­day (6 Jan­uary) night and dur­ing Satur­day.

‘The MSA is work­ing with the club and po­lice to es­tab­lish what hap­pened’ TIM SWIETOCHOWSKI, MSA

Witnesses to the in­ci­dent are asked to call the Ex­eter Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion by tele­phone on 101, quot­ing log num­ber 367.

Colin Butt died af­ter be­ing thrown from a Mar­lin Road­ster sim­i­lar to this one.

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