Re­mem­ber­ing David

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It was with great sad­ness I heard about David Stokes’ re­cent pass­ing.

I first came across David in the 1970s, we were both in the bak­ery busi­ness. David had this fan­tas­tic roll plant in his fam­ily bak­ery in Wot­ton-un­der-edge. He kindly al­lowed us to come and visit and, apart from be­ing very im­pressed with his bak­ery skills in the fol­low­ing years, he be­came a leg­end in his Ford Es­cort.

I met with him over the fol­low­ing years when I started to co-drive for Pentti Airikkala, usu­ally at some stage start or ser­vice area, there was this larger-than-life char­ac­ter.

As the years passed, we both turned our at­ten­tion back to the bak­ery busi­ness. David did it with the Dray­cott firm and I started up a busi­ness Cui­sine de France. We would meet at bak­ery shows and I ended up em­ploy­ing one of his for­mer sales­men, who kept me up to date on David’s busi­ness and then hugely suc­cess­ful re­turn to ral­ly­ing.

I of­ten won­dered where he could have got to had he kept ral­ly­ing.

Any­way, David you have some great com­pany to com­pete with in that stage in the sky: Pentti, Henry Win­ston and loads of other won­der­ful char­ac­ters. May the road rise be­fore him.

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