Graham Boothby 1953-2016
The world of classic racing lost a true legend when Graham Boothby passed away at his home in France, on July 30, aged just 63. A former teacher, Graham provided an outstanding service through his business, TGA, to hundreds, if not thousands, of classic racers around the world. He founded the business in 1980, along with fellow teacher Tony Teasdale, as a way of earning a little bit extra for trips around the UK to the embryonic CRMC meetings, of which Graham was a founding member. By 1990 the business had taken over and Graham gave up teaching. In 2003 TGA moved to Northern France. A former racer himself, Graham put lots back in to the sport through TGA and sponsored the CRMC from day one, as well as supporting AFAMAC in France, CRMB in Belgium and Time Tunnel in Japan. When Alan Cathcart launched the International Historic Racing Organisation, Graham was on-hand to help from the start and since 1994 had run IHRO alone, often described as a ‘benevolent dictator’. The modern take on the Continental Circus proved popular with riders, enthusiasts and circuit owners alike and soon invitations from the latter the length and breadth of Europe rolled in. By keeping the rules tight, IHRO showed a new generation what Grand Prix looked like in the golden era of our sport. The social side of the sport was also important to Graham, just as it was back in the day, and Julie and I have enjoyed many such occasions with Graham and Euwain at the big race truck. Graham and I were friends from the launch of the CRMC and I’ve always tried to support IHRO through Classic Racer. We’ve ‘enjoyed’ some heated debates, and more glasses of wine than was perhaps good for us, but through good times and bad Graham was always a good listener and a genuine friend. All at Classic Racer send their deepest sympathy to Graham’s family and friends around the world.