Jackie Epstein 1934-2009
Posted 09 January 2009 - 18:16
"TNF needs a thread to record the fact that Jackie Epstein died on Wednesday, aged (I would think) 74. As I said to you before, I really can't start posting as I would do so endlessly (and simply do not have the time to do so), but Eppers needs to be remembered. When I started work as the MCD Press Officer at Brands Hatch in my mid-20s in 1974, I was truly privileged to be surrounded by John and Angela Webb, Jackie, Brian Jones, Lanfranchi, Marshall and Whizzo among others . . . you couldn't pay for those friendships, the willingness with which they were willing to take a somewhat raw youth into their midst, or the incredible amount of knowledge gained. And I have been very sad for the last couple of days . . ."
Due mainly to my age, I always associate Jackie with being a very successful F5000 entrant - but that represents a mere portion of his contribution to motor racing.
Posted 09 January 2009 - 18:49
Posted 09 January 2009 - 18:59
I was always impressed that he was so obviously involved with his team and their preparations - always terrifically visible and "hands-on" as they say these days.
God bless him.
If nothing else, he'll be enjoying a pint with Hawkeye, Mike the Bike, Mr Lanfranchi and various others.
Is it possible to get "banned" from heaven? (Always assuming of course they are there and not somewhere else!)
Posted 09 January 2009 - 23:57
Posted 10 January 2009 - 00:08
Such people passing is becoming all too regular an event, but we have to recognise that time is catching up all the while. My condolences to anyone who knew him and is reading this thread.
Posted 10 January 2009 - 11:26
1966 :Epstein Enterprises Limited , North Holmwood , Surrey
JE started racing in 1953 and untill 1962 raced MG's , 2l.Alta ,Frazer Nash ,Jaguar and a Pegasus. From 1962 used a Cooper Intercontinental. For 1963 formed Epstein-Eyre Racing Team with Mike Eyre racing Cooper Monaco and Cooper Buick. In 1964 this team used a F1 BRM and a Brabham BT8. For 1965 only as Epstein Enterprises he had an F2 Brabham and a 275LM Ferrari as well as a Lola T70. Team driver Epstein and Paul Hawkins.
Posted 11 January 2009 - 01:36
"In 1954 racing was run clockwise so that Paddock Hill Bend became a daunting, downhill sweeping right-hander that was to become the stuff of legends and the circuit was widened by 5ft to 35ft. Although most races were still run for the 500’s, bigger cars began to share the circuit. First small and medium capacity sports machinery and then out and out Formule Libre cars.
The first winner on the new circuit is in a sprint, not a race - taking fastest time of the day was 19-year old Jackie Epstein, in a borrowed 2-litre Alta sports car."
Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:23
Jackie was of immesurable help when I was researching the story of Paul Hawkins - prepared to share so many stories of his Targa exploits with a mere enthusiast. I am honoured he was prepared to do so. To quote a certain Irish comic 'And may your God go with you.'
Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:29
When did Jackie start racing in 1953, the first race i can find for him was at Goodwood on 27th March 1954 driving an Alta in which he placed 4th.
rgds - mike [5*]
Posted 11 May 2009 - 07:36
Posted 11 May 2009 - 07:56
In the memory of a 14-year-old boy, Jackie Epstein is for ever the driver who shared that beutiful Lola T70MkIII with Paul Hawkins in the 1967 1000 Km of Spa-Francorchamps, finishing 4th overall starting from the second row. Possibly Hawkins drove the great part of the race, the young boy did not know.
Edited by Nanni Dietrich, 11 May 2009 - 07:57.