|Tom continued to race the same car, a Lea-Francis Hyper, with which he started competing at Brooklands in the 1930s against the likes of then-land speed record holder Malcolm Campbell, right up to August of this year. Even an accident at Silverstone two years ago, when he was thrown from his car, didn`t deter him from continuing in the sport that was his life.
It is believed that Tom was also the world`s oldest active participant in motor sport. His incredible passion and commitment will forever stand out as an example of how to go motor racing. Last year, Tom`s contribution to UK motor sport was recognised by the MSA when he became the first recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive, comments: “I am sure that everyone in motor sport the world over will be extremely sorry to learn of Tom`s death and our condolences go out to his family and many, many friends.
”We were especially pleased to commemorate Tom`s commitment to motor sport by awarding him our first Lifetime Achievement Award at the end of last year and we will always remember the tremendous enthusiasm he displayed when he visited the MSA. Tom will be deeply missed.”
Release MSA06-043: 11 September 2006
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