Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

The mo­tor­cy­cle world has lost one of its great char­ac­ters. Jaap Timmer (1939) died af­ter a short ill­ness on Fe­bru­ary 22, at his home at Wit­ten only a few miles from his TT Assen cir­cuit. Be­ing the son of Geert Timmer – who raced for sev­eral years at the Dutch TT and one of the or­gan­is­ers of the Dutch TT – he was in­volved in mo­tor­cy­cle racing from his birth. Jaap was on the board of the Sticht­ing Cir­cuit Assen for many years. He was also a well known cir­cuit, ra­dio, and television com­men­ta­tor, race of­fi­cial and magazine colum­nist. Dur­ing his 10 year pe­riod as pres­i­dent of the FIM Road Race Com­mis­sion he did a lot to im­prove cir­cuit safety and the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the sport. Af­ter his re­tire­ment he was vice-chairman of the Friends of the TT Cir­cuit Assen and one of the founders of the Dutch TT Mu­seum. His name is also in­ex­tri­ca­bly bound up with Opel. Af­ter be­ing a dealer for many years he be­came the pres­i­dent of the Dutch Opel Dealer Union and later of Euroda the Euro­pean dealer Union. He be­came known world­wide as the ini­tia­tor to raise money to save Opel and be­came a mem­ber of the su­per­vi­sory board of the Opel works in Rüs­selsheim Ger­many. In 2002 Queen Beat­rix of The Nether­lands dec­o­rated him with a knight­hood in the Or­der of Or­ange-nas­sau. Most of all, Jaap will be re­mem­bered for his jovi­al­ity, lis­ten­ing com­pre­hen­sion, in­ter­me­di­ary qual­i­ties and cheer­ful­ness. The mo­tor­cy­cle world was shocked when it got no­tice of his death. A re­ac­tion from a well known pri­va­teer Grand Prix rider from down un­der said: “The most help­ful of­fi­cial I ever came across in the world of GPS. In a time full of dif­fi­cult peo­ple he would al­ways reach out to help”. An Icon of Mo­tor­cy­cle Racing has gone. Our con­do­lences go to his fam­ily and friends. Jan Burg­ers

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