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#1 Gary C

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 07:56

Surprised no-one else has picked up on this, F5000 racer Tom Belso passed away the night before last after a struggle with cancer. I'm sure there are quite a few people on here who would have seen him race.

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#2 1969BOAC500

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 08:08

Yes indeed - I well remember him as a F5000 stalwart in the Radio Luxemburg-sponsored Lola. Whenever I saw him in the paddock at Brands he always seemed to have a broad grin on his face.

 

R.I.P.



#3 Rob Ryder

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 08:49

R.I.P. Tom   :cry:



#4 doc knutsen

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 08:59

R.I.P. Tom   :cry:

Seconded. "Smiling Tom" was very much a feature of racing in  Scandinavia in the Seventies. How old was he, mid- Seventies? Very sad news.


Edited by doc knutsen, 13 January 2020 - 08:59.


#5 jcbc3

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 09:36

RIP Tom

 

Being only 54, I never had the pleasure of watching Belsø race. However, I DO have a personal memory of him.

 

When my family moved house in the summer of 1971 (I was 6 at the time), because of some mix up, my parents suddenly found themselves without a moving van. A friend of my parents heard about the predicament, and this friend knew Tom Belsø. So he called Tom and asked if he and my parents could borrow his race transporter for the weekend. Tom graciously said yes, so we moved houses thanks to Tom.I distinctly remember the stickers and if my memory is correct the van was grey.



#6 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:30

Very sad news although I was prepared for it having learnt he was gravely ill in December.
Very capable driver, very clever businessman and a good all round chap.

RIP and condolences to his family

#7 68targa

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 12:39

Sad to hear this news. A true racer. R.I.P.

 

 

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1974 -15 April - F5000 Brands Hatch - Lola T330 Chev

 

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1969 Brands Hatch 6 hours - shared with Frank Gardner



#8 JacnGille

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 13:16

Sad news



#9 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 13:51

RIP Tom

 

Being only 54, I never had the pleasure of watching Belsø race. However, I DO have a personal memory of him.

 

When my family moved house in the summer of 1971 (I was 6 at the time), because of some mix up, my parents suddenly found themselves without a moving van. A friend of my parents heard about the predicament, and this friend knew Tom Belsø. So he called Tom and asked if he and my parents could borrow his race transporter for the weekend. Tom graciously said yes, so we moved houses thanks to Tom.I distinctly remember the stickers and if my memory is correct the van was grey.

 

Rest in peace....

 

And yes... And we were even allowed to sit inside the actual van part between the two houses.

 

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#10 E1pix

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 16:42

RIP, Tom.

#11 Rob Ryder

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 18:21

I should have posted this earlier....

Tom at the 1973 International Trophy in his 208 Lola T330


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#12 sstiel

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 22:48

Lovely tributes online to him from Jan Magnussen and Tom Kristensen.

 

Jan Magnussen  
2 hrs · 

Sad news this morning. Tom Belsø was the first Dane ever to participate in a Formula One race. He inspired so many of us. RIP


Tom Kristensen
5 hrs · 

Thank you Tom Belsø .. You inspired us all. Hvil i fred


Edited by sstiel, 13 January 2020 - 22:49.


#13 DouglasM

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 01:51

To me, anybody who raced a F5000 was a hero. RIP, Tom.