Howard Strawford RIP
Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:33
Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:34
There were always great crowds at CC when the historics had a shared meeting with the local Championships.
A very friendly place (on a par with the revived Croft) and the facilities improved massively over the last 15 years. The Breakfast in the CC cafe was on a par with the legendary Mallory Park heart-stopper.
He will be missed, I think.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 13:14
I still have a an image in my brain of him in his wellies standing on a wooden chair giving his drivers' briefing.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 13:21
No nonsense & everything crystal clear but laced with good humour. He & Pat seemed to want to make sure everybody had as good a day as was possible.
Always a highlight going to CC meetings. Long may it survive him.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 21:55
The passing of a very committed, serious and forward-thinking motor sport enthusiast and organiser who put his heart, soul and even his own money into the circuit he loved so dearly should be mourned by all; especially by those of us who probably took for granted the wonderful motor sport we enjoyed there.
I met him in the late seventies and you almost felt he was carrying the place – or, more realistically, trying to transform it into something else, something better. He clearly succeeded – although I didn’t actually know until recently when I visited on a quiet midweek afternoon when my curiosity got the better of me in an idle, spare moment on the M4.
The circuit is so incredibly different from what I remember in the late seventies although, in fairness, the track itself looks ostensibly the same – but seemingly significantly wider in places. I walked a lap and spent time in the spectator enclosures. It had a great feel to it.
Credit to Howard Strawford – you did a very good job.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:14
Howard was always a staunch supporter of the club racing driver and he certainly spent a lot of time and money on Castle Coombe and will truly be missed in motor sport.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 14:05
He kept a struggling track alive against all the odds when many other venues went under and turned it into a thriving success despite continuing pressure from outside sources.
I remember sitting in the paddock in 1997 surveying the wreck of my Rover 220, after a wild trip into the armco at Folly, and he sauntered round with a wry smile on his face
"Any damage?" he asked
"Yeah - the front corner, the wing, the door, the bonnet, the..."
"Not the bloody car! My barrier?" and off he went roaring with laugher.