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#1 fil2.8

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 16:02

Just heard that long serving racing reporter , John Brown , has died at the age of 77 , in my opinion one of the best reporters from these shores , and will be sadly missed by the racing paddock , condolences to his family , RIP , John ,or as he would say ' Ace ' :cry:


#2 Russell Burrows

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 21:20

Yes, sorry to learn this. Was he still a working journo, Phil?

#3 peterd

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 22:07

JB will be sadly missed. Helped point me the in the right direction, and arranged some good introductions when I came to the UK. Always a pleasure to share time with him. Many riders and journos throughout the world have reason to thank JB; a kindly man who focussed on the positives. In this age of the internet and instant info, we should remember the profile and coverage he provided in the non-specialist media back in the days when GP racing was almost a
secret. Top bloke. Keep scribbling, JB.

#4 fil2.8

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 22:15

Yes, sorry to learn this. Was he still a working journo, Phil?

was still doing work for ' Classic Racer ' , Russ , hope he managed to can a few memories for us :up:

#5 Robin127

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 23:36

He presented me with a trophy for my first ever win at the Bantam Club dinner in 1981, when he stood in at the last minute when the Guest of Honour didn't turn up because the "weather was too bad." He was often at the clubs end of year bash and he always gave me the impression that it didn't matter what the level of racing, club or international it was just as important to him.

#6 rd500

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 00:10

really sad news, john "ace"brown will be sadly missed and motorsport has lost a true character, my thoughts are wirh his family.

#7 GD66

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 09:24

Well that's no good, Brownie was one of the last of the genuine GP "scribes" so important to readers and race fans in far-off places in racing's hey-day. As Phil's pointed out, we were still lucky enough to catch some of his reminiscences in more recent times in Classic Racer. I'm glad he was a cohort of yours Peter, as you've correctly indicated he certainly did focus on the positives and his love of the sport, on-and off-track, shone through in his writings. Thanks, Brownie. :clap:

Edited by GD66, 30 September 2012 - 09:25.

#8 exclubracer

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 19:37

Dedication page on Facebook, some lovely sentiments posted...


#9 Yendor

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:27

For those who may wish to attend Johns funeral:

'The funeral for 'JB' - John Brown - is to be held at 12.45 on Monday October 15 at the Albert Munn Chapel, Kettering Crematorium.
Family flowers only, however if desired, donations to the British Heart Foundation can be made care of Jack Warwick Family Funeral Services, 2a Wallis Road, Kettering, NN15 6NX'

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 20:59

So sorry to hear this JB was a good friend and great servant to Motorcycle racing. He will be sadly missed kept on going to the last, remember when he was paddock gossip against Chris Carter He did our sidecar team many favours in the 70's and me also at Honda Britain. God bless Horst Brun.

Edited by BRS, 04 October 2012 - 21:00.

#11 Steve99

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 12:18

Just picked up this thread; John worked with my late father, George Turnbull, in his latter days. A fine writer and enthusiast.