Motor Sports Council Honorary Vice President Bill Troughear passed away at home last week at the age of 73. The Motor Sports Association sends its sincere condolences to his wife, Val, and to his family and friends.
Bill was one of the greatest unsung heroes of motor sport, having excelled for over four decades in voluntary capacities as a senior official, committee member, chairman and campaigns organiser. He often played leading roles in the successful promotion and management of events at all levels, which impacted on the sport throughout the UK and particularly on the community around Cumbria, where he was based.
In 2005, in his capacity as Chairman of the Land Access and Recreation Association (LARA), Bill coordinated successful opposition to proposed government legislation that would have severely curtailed off-road motor sport in the UK; during this time he gained the respect of those on both sides of the debate for his fairness and understanding.
Bill was presented with the Service to Sport Award by the Northern Sports Council in 2003 and in the same year was made Vice Chairman of the Motor Sports Council. Three years later he became an Honorary Vice President of the Council and shortly afterwards was appointed Chairman of the British Motor Sports Training Trust. He spent 23 years as Chairman of the MSA Regional Committee and earlier this year the Association of North East & Cumbria Car Clubs bestowed upon him its Lifetime Achievement Award.
During his time in the sport Bill proved to be a man of integrity who was always superbly organised, polite, courteous and approachable. He will be sadly missed.