TRIBUTES FLOOD IN FOR STOKES
Outpouring after historic rallying favourite dies
Tributes from across rallying have flooded in following the death of David Stokes last week after a year-long battle with cancer.
Stokes, 68, was the most successful driver in the MSA British Historic Rally Championship with four titles in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2014, all in Bda-powered Ford Escort Mk1s.
When the news of his death was announced on social media, it sparked an unprecedented level of sympathy from drivers, co-drivers, mechanics, organisers, marshals and fans. The common threads were his sense of humour, passion for the sport and determination to succeed.
Stokes barely missed a round of the BHRC in 12 full seasons and was challenging for a fifth title in 2015 when he had to withdraw from the Harry Flatters Rally in July with one stage to go. He was too exhausted to carry on that day and the full extent of the cancer was diagnosed shortly afterwards.
In an exclusive interview for MN in 2012, Stokes talked about the second part of his career in historics. “After the accident in Penmachno, I was 33 and decided that my rallying was over. But in 2002 I decided to wind back from the business. I still took Motoring News and Jimmy Mcrae was doing historics and I fancied a go at it. I enjoy it more this time around.”
MN extends sincere sympathies to his wife Sue, rallying brother Andy and the rest of the family, co-driver Guy Weaver and David’s countless friends in rallying.