LET­TERS Two true gen­tle­men


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Over the last few weeks, Bri­tish ral­ly­ing has lost two great names that brought so much to so many.

Dave Stokes the cheeky Glouces­ter­shire baker whose love of ral­ly­ing will pos­si­bly go un­ri­valled, had so much suc­cess be­hind the wheel of his beloved Es­corts. It was not only in re­cent years along­side Guy (Weaver), but also in the ’70s with the late Bill An­drews in REV 120 K when they took the Cas­trol/ Au­tosport se­ries in ’76. Peter Ashcroft then of­fered him the ex-rus­sell Brookes Mk2 HHJ 702N and more suc­cess fol­lowed.

A mark of what peo­ple thought of the man was that over 800 peo­ple packed into the church at Wot­ton-un­der-edge. Lots of peo­ple from the 1970s were also present: Mal­colm Wil­son (de­spite his very busy sched­ule) made time to pay his re­spects to his old friend. We all gath­ered to say farewell to one of Bri­tish ral­ly­ing’s great char­ac­ters and what a fan­tas­tic send off it was.

The other loss is John Hor­ton, the ul­ti­mate pro­fes­sional in my book.

Much like David Stokes, I knew John for a very long time from his days of Dun­lop Mo­tor­sport boss through to run­ning the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships so suc­cess­fully. I knew him in later years as me­dia of­fi­cer on both Rally GB and the Bri­tish GP and also as a com­pere from rally fo­rums, awards cer­e­monies,and book launches.

Like David Evans said in MN (March 2) there was so much more to John. If you had an is­sue or prob­lem, you’d ring JH.

Their names will hope­fully live on for a very long time. Per­haps we can call on Mo­tor Sports As­soc­i­ta­tion cheif ex­ec­u­tive Mr Rob Jones to open a ‘Bri­tish Ral­ly­ing Hall of Fame’ in the fu­ture?

Rest in peace David and John.

■ Ty Croes, An­gle­sey

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