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#101 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 12:35

I can assure followers of this thread that a memorial in Ruthin will become reality. As stated elsewhere, David Richards is to be approached for his thoughts and the commencement of a trust fund to assist the Ruthin town council with funding a memorial

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David Richards, who knew Tom Pryce well .......

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#102 Hieronymus

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 12:42

Originally posted by Eddie Knipe
Councillor Bragg mentioned that many ideas had been received by the council and one of the best thus far appears to be a memorial in the intended skate park alongside the rugby sports fields in Ruthin. There was an idea forwarded to perhaps have a scaled-down version of one of Tom's F1 cars with a plaque outlining his achievements within the skate park.
Personall, I would prefer to see a statue/bust of Tom, but I also think that those famous 'five black stripes' should somehow also feature somewhere.


Eddie

Why not rather name the park or a park after Tom...or a street for that matter. Statues/plaques are usually the target of graffiti "artists".

I would rather feel that a name like TOM PRYCE PARK will give better scope than a Tom Pryce statue in some unknown park.

Perhaps some the Council can consider? Surely there can't be costs in naming a street or park after someone?

#103 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 08:26

Thanks for that - the council have tabled that suggestion as a possibility. There were a few people who proposed the naming of a street or the park in honour of Tom Pryce. Just as a matter of interest I am 'testing the waters' with the following question:

Would any Tom Pryce fans be willing to assist the Ruthin town council with a donation towards a memorial?

This would only be put forward if a trust fund cannot be implemented.

#104 bill moffat

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 10:22

Count me in for a donation but, with the greatest of respect, am I the only one to feel that a graffiti target in a skate park is a bit wide of the mark?. I suspect that his name will mean nothing to 99% of young skate-boarders.

Irrespective of what happens in my native Wales (and only should his family approve) I still yearn for a tribute at Brands..perhaps along the lines of Roger Williamson's statue at Donington. Tom touched a lot of people's lives during his time with us. We are probably all a bit greyer and possibly a bit wealthier, surely the funds could be raised ?

Please don't take this as a means of derailing the primary quest for a memorial somewhere, but now that the momentum is going let's make sure it's appropriate and worth the efforts.

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 10:31

Originally posted by bill moffat
..... am I the only one to feel that a graffiti target in a skate park is a bit wide of the mark?.

No, you're not, Bill.

Originally posted by bill moffat
Please don't take this as a means of derailing the primary quest for a memorial somewhere, but now that the momentum is going let's make sure it's appropriate and worth the efforts.

Seconded.

#106 David Force

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 11:25

Great work Eddie, keep it up !

In a previous posting I did suggest that we try hard to focus our efforts on one theme as if we divide our efforts it may reduce the impact.

A Tom Pryce Park is nice but nobody will come to SEE it which ultimately will not help the Ruthin Town Council to get more visitors which is what they must need to justify any expense on their part.

I firmly believe that a statue or, perhaps, a relief showing a crossed up Shadow is the way forward as that is something the town of Ruthin can feature in their Tourist Board brochures etc.

So given the lead times, budget requirements, permissions etc it is unlikely that we could see the finished article in time so lets get some ideas flowing.

We need an industrial, engineering sponsor to fund the (bronze) material.

They built some really imaginative stuff in Cardiff Bay, can we tap into that knowledge, resource ?

Does anyone have any contacts with the Welsh Universities ? There must be some really talented youngsters who could design something ?

What does the Welsh Assembly talk about all day long, anyone local know any MPs who need a few votes ?

Lottery grants ?

If we want this to happen we can't just rely on charity and/or gifts unless folk know what they are contributing to, we need to try to put a proposal together .

Any ideas ?

#107 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 15:48

UPDATE FOR INTERESTED PARTIES:-

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I have posted a dissertation to Murray Bragg (Councilor in Ruthin assigned to oversee the arrangements proposed for Tom Pryce's memorial) of all available info I have gathered to support him in his task. Councilor Bragg has promised to contact me once he has read through the dissertation which includes ideas for a memorial. Once a final decision has been made, we shall be aiming towards having something in place to honour Tom Pryce by the time of his birthdate - 11th June. It is obvious that the 30th anniversary of his death, 5th March 2007, is upon us and nothing will have been done by then.

More to follow ................

#108 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 17:15

Had a few requests for photos of Tom Pryce. Thanks to those who have forwarded the same to me:-

http://groups.msn.co...oto&PhotoID=529

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 22:28

Hi Eddie,

Today is the first time I have encountered your Tom Pryce memorial campaign.

I have just read "The Lost Generation", which prompted me to find out more about Tom.

I have read the tread with great interest, and have huge respect for what you are trying to achieve. It is a sad fact, that not many Welsh people know what an amazing driver he was and what a fine man he was too.

He died just before I gained interest in F1. As a young lad, Peterson, Villeneuve and Bellof where my hero's. Tom would have been too, judging by the amazing photos I have now seen, and what I have just read.
I also share my birthday with him...

I have seen the Roger Williamson statue at Donington, and have to agree with others, that the best place for any memorial to Tom has to be at Brands Hatch.

Brands Hatch is the ideal venue, to make sure Tom's name lives on, especially amongst those that have a real interest in our sport.

I am a proud Welshman, but feel any memorial in Wales will be lost on those who come across it.

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 12:27

Originally posted by David Force
Great work Eddie, keep it up !

In a previous posting I did suggest that we try hard to focus our efforts on one theme as if we divide our efforts it may reduce the impact.

A Tom Pryce Park is nice but nobody will come to SEE it which ultimately will not help the Ruthin Town Council to get more visitors which is what they must need to justify any expense on their part.

I firmly believe that a statue or, perhaps, a relief showing a crossed up Shadow is the way forward as that is something the town of Ruthin can feature in their Tourist Board brochures etc.

So given the lead times, budget requirements, permissions etc it is unlikely that we could see the finished article in time so lets get some ideas flowing.

We need an industrial, engineering sponsor to fund the (bronze) material.

They built some really imaginative stuff in Cardiff Bay, can we tap into that knowledge, resource ?

Does anyone have any contacts with the Welsh Universities ? There must be some really talented youngsters who could design something ?

What does the Welsh Assembly talk about all day long, anyone local know any MPs who need a few votes ?

Lottery grants ?

If we want this to happen we can't just rely on charity and/or gifts unless folk know what they are contributing to, we need to try to put a proposal together .

Any ideas ?


Perhaps some suggestions from our group.

Here in the States if an organization qualifies for "501C3" non profit status monies provided by individuals or corporations are tax deductible. This gives an incentive for gifts. Check to see what the rules are at your location. Also, it does take time to set up these types of organizations. Not sure you have this time for an initial placement.

Another method of gaining necessary funds is through the grant process where a "501C3" organization applies with corporations or agencies for funding. This process usually takes some time, little of which this project has left.

We started small here in Augusta with the intention of expanding the memorial each year as funding becomes available. This has worked quite well as our fourth expansion is planned for September 2007. This may be the best approach for the Tom Pryce memorial as very little funding is needed initially.

I you have a location secured do SOMETHING before the deadline. This will allow you to lay claim to a very special place or piece of the earth and then expand from there.

We fully expect Tom Pryce's name to be on our monument when the wing is added for "global" fatalities on track.

Go to our site and let me know if you have any questions or if we can help.

Henry

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 11:23

Thanks Henry - have visited your website many times - great work you guys are doing! I am waiting for the Ruthin Town council to get back to me re. their idea of David Richards possibly starting the intended trust fund to finance a memorial.

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 14:04

Originally posted by Eddie Knipe
Thanks Henry - have visited your website many times - great work you guys are doing! I am waiting for the Ruthin Town council to get back to me re. their idea of David Richards possibly starting the intended trust fund to finance a memorial.


Eddie, you are welcome and thanks for compliments on the hard work being done by AIRPS.

My point being that if you have some real estate secured and approved do something quick, no matter the size.

Even a temporary placement will get the project moving in the correct direction and allow you to expand at a future date.

Henry

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 10:16

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:up: Having read the latest edition of the DENBIGHSHIRE FREE PRESS, dated 1st February 2007; pleased to see the article headed "Council calls on Richards to Help Pryce Tribute" (See page 6)

http://www.denbighsh...reepress.co.uk/

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This also on the Wikipedia website - only recently added:-

:up: "In 2007, it was annouced that a statue of Pryce would be erected in his home town of Ruthin by the local council to mark the 30th anniversary of the Welshman's death"

:up: A huge debt of gratitude to all who contacted the Ruthin Town Council with their thoughts/ideas for a memorial to Tom Pryce. They have certainly appreciated your contributions, no matter how small. We are all working towards a common goal - a memorial to a well-respected and loved personality who still serves to inspire us and the article in this week's Denbighshire newspaper serves as a "huge positive" for all of us.

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Tom wearing his distinctive "Five Black Stripes"

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#114 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 11:45

http://www.f1fanatic...orial-campaign/

TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL CAMPAIGN

Momentum is gathering behind a campaign for a memorial to Tom Pryce. The talented British Formula One was killed along with a marshal during the South African Grand Prix of 1977.

David Richards, former Benetton and BAR boss who will enter his own F1 team, Prodrive, in 2008, has backed the campaign for a memorial in Pryce’s home town of Ruthin, Wales:

“Tom was more than just an extraordinary Formula One racing talent, he was an unassuming down-to-earth person,” said Richards.

Pryce was a highly skilled driver who dominated the 1975 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, a non-championship event, winning from pole position with fastest lap.

Sadly many often recall the terrible details of his fatal crash more readily than his racing ability. He was one of the three drivers whose careers feature in David Tremayne’s excellent book “The Lost Generation”.

The campaign to build a memorial to him has received strong support from F1 fans in the UK - in a poll for the Denbighshire Free Press over three-quarters of people preferred to see a statue of Pryce built rather than one of another famous local.

F1Fanatic is, naturally, 100% behind the campaign to build a statue of Pryce.

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 12:47

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WHERE IN RUTHIN? Let's hear more from the good people of Ruthin / Wales. Tell us where in the town of Ruthin you think the memorial should be placed. Alternatively, send your suggestions to Councilor Murray Bragg at the Ruthin Town Council.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 14:48

Originally posted by Eddie Knipe
http://www.f1fanatic...orial-campaign/

Sadly many often recall the terrible details of his fatal crash more readily than his racing ability. He was one of the three drivers whose careers feature in David Tremayne’s excellent book “The Lost Generation”.

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This statement is so true!

During the memorial process here in Augusta, on several occasions, the family members of drivers lost on track have advised all of us that the bad things have already happened so lets remember and enjoy the good times!

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#117 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 18:38

Here we go - a positive ...................

This from Councilor Murray Bragg in Ruthin (Rhuthun)

Hi Eddie
Further to my last message I am now in the process of setting up the Memorial Trust for Tom Pryce. Apart from myself and another Rhuthun councillor, Bob Costain, I have asked two other people to become part of the Trust, Cledwyn Ashford a boyhood friend of Tom's and who is still friendly with his parents, and Gwyn Jones, an executive member of the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs, who is friendly with David Richards of Prodrive who is a Rhuthun boy, and Gwyn will ask him if he will head up the Trust, he has already expressed his support for the idea. Both these people were thrilled to be involved with the Trust.
I very much hope that you as instigator of this matter will become a member of the Trust, it will be run by email, there will be no need of face to face meetings, please let me know. Is there anyone else you think should be involved at this stage?
Next week I will set up a bank account for the fund and people can send donations direct to the bank or send cheques to the Town Council. I will send you details of the account when I get them.
Can you be responsible for updating your website and also the BBC North East Wales one which has a lot of info about this on it, their address is: http://www.bbc.co.uk...tom_pryce.shtml , I am not very well up in these matters.
All the best, hope to hear from you soon.
Murray

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 16:50

TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL TRUST FUND

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Members: Murray Bragg, Bob Costain, Cledwyn Ashford, Gwyn Jones, Emlyn Williams, Eddie Knipe, David Richards (pending)

A bank account has been opened in the name of THE TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL FUND
Natwest Bank in Ruthin (Rhuthun)

SORT CODE 54 41 06

ACCOUNT NUMBER 44541643

Interested parties can donate towards the fund directly into the above account.

Cheques to be made out to TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL FUND

c/o Rhuthun Town Council, Town Hall, Rhuthun, LL15 1AS, Wales, UK

A huge vote of appreciation to all who have contributed to this memorial fund. Also, a big thank-you to all of you from all corners of the world who have encouraged and made this cause really worthwhile. Let us hope that we can do Tom proud.

A special message to Tom's dad, Jack Pryce, who is not well at the moment;

"Wishing you a speedy recovery. Thank you for giving us permission to go ahead with this project to honour your beloved son. Best wishes from all of Tom's fans around the world."

#119 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 01:31

Dear TOM PRYCE fans around the world and contributers to this thread,

I have taken the liberty of emailing each person in this thread to inform you about THE TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL TRUST FUND which has now been set up.

May I extend our gratitude to those who have already seen the details of this TRUST FUND on my website and made a contribution to the fund and to those who intend doing so. The Ruthin (Rhuthun) Town Council and all who would someday wish to visit the memorial we intend placing in the little town of Ruthin, sincerely thank you. Your kind gesture is appreciated by the Town Council who, themselves, are making a contribution. They do however, not have a huge budget.

Might I again take a further liberty in asking, that if you have any "inflence" over any other Tom Pryce fans you may know of; please exercise your skills in persuading them to make a small contribution to the fund.

Again, a big THANK YOU!

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#120 HistoricMustang

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 02:33

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#121 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 00:02

:up: :up: David Richards from Prodrive has agreed to head the TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL TRUST FUND. That is wonderful news.

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 15:07

Another plea :-
Any Tom Pryce fans out there who have a load of Tom Pryce photos hidden in the attic they could possibly share with us? I am most grateful to those who have searched through their own collections and sent them to me. They are gratefully received and enjoyed by all his numerous fans around the world.

Update:-
Read the Denbighshire Free Press dated Thursday, 22nd February (Page 4); Thursday, 8th February (Page 7)

http://www.denbighsh...reepress.co.uk/

This article pertains to the feedback on progress with the TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL TRUST FUND .

Again, THANK YOU to all the people who have contributed to this trust fund thus far.

I will hopefully be able to post an interview with Renzo Zorzi in the near future - conducted by a freelance Italian reporter.

Also, "Autotrader" magazine have asked me about info. re Tom Pryce which I have gladly relayed. They intend writing an article about Tom.

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 13:00

I've just added my contribution to the Trust Fund. I just have to say a massive well done to Eddie for taking on this project, its a fantastic achievement and one you can be very proud of. I took pride in mentioning to my dad that the CD he burned with a load of photos on was sent to the Eddie Knipe mentioned in Motorsport News this week. I can't emphasise enough how fantastic I think this is, its something I've thought about for a fair few years now but I wouldn't even know where to begin with the whole project. Kudos to you Eddie.

I'll deffinately be one person that will be there for the unveiling of the Tom Pryce Memorial whenever that may be.

My own personal memorial to Tom will be his five black stripes painted onto the front of the bonnet of my drift car.

Once again, thanks Eddie :)

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#124 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 19:50

Tomorrow, 5th March 2007, Tom Pryce fans worldwide will commemorate his untimely death in the South African F1 Grand Prix in 1977 - 30 years may have gone by, but the memory of this great talent lives on.

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Through this thread and the many other sites with references to Tom Pryce, I have learnt so much more about this great man. David Tremayne's book "The Lost Generation" also helped us to remember what a modest and honest professional Tom really was.

I shall also be thinking this day of Tom's dad who is very ill in Ruthin. I am sure that I can safely say that, we Tom Pryce fans, send him our very best wishes. It was Tom's dad who had him paint those famous "Five Black Stripes" on his helmet early in his career.

As we now remember Tom, please do remember about the TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL TRUST FUND which has received many donations thus far. All contributions no matter how small are acknowledged and appreciated by the trust fund committe headed by David Richards.

John Surtees has very kindly forwarded our plea for funds to commemorate Tom in Ruthin (Rhuthun) to Bernie Ecclestone

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TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL TRUST FUND

Members: Murray Bragg, Bob Costain, Cledwyn Ashford, Gwyn Jones, Emlyn Williams, Eddie Knipe, David Richards
A bank account has been opened in the name of TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL FUND

Natwest Bank in Ruthin (Rhuthun)

SORT CODE 54 41 06

ACCOUNT NUMBER 44541643

Interested parties can donate towards the fund directly into the above account.

Cheques to be made out to TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL FUND

c/o Rhuthun Town Council, Town Hall, Rhuthun, LL15 1AS, Wales, UK



Do visit this site of one of many Tom Pryce fans:-

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#125 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 20:25

Article in the latest DENBIGHSHIRE FREE PRESS - Thursday, 1st March ..............

PRYCE FUND BOOST ON EVE OF ANNIVERSARY

DONATIONS are motoring in to a trust fund set up to honour the life of a former F1 driver on the eve of the 30th anniversary of his tragic death.
Over £700 has already rolled into the Tom Pryce Memorial Trust Fund to help set up a fitting tribute to the Welsh F1 driver.
This Monday will mark the 30th anniversary of Tom's death at the 1977 South Africa Kyalami GP, when he collided with marshal Jansen van Vuuren who was walking across the track.
Tom, the son of a North Wales policeman, won the non-title Brands Hatch Race of Champions and claimed pole at the British GP in 1974. He was tipped by many to be a future world champion.
A project to honour Tom, proposed by F1 fan Eddie Knipe to Ruthin Town Council, has attracted the attention of fans across the world and the motoring media.
Ruthin Town Cllr Murray Bragg, who together with Cllr Bob Costain are working on the project to pay tribute to Tom, revealed the makeup of the Memorial Trust.
Members include Eddie Knipe, the initiator of the project, Clwyd Vale Motor Club member Gwyn Reynolds Jones, childhood friend of Tom's Cledwyn Ashford, Tom's first cousin Emlyn Williams and Cllrs Bragg and Costain. Prodrive boss David Richards, of Ruthin, is acting as chairman of the Trust.
"I have had words with Eddie Davies of G-Y-G Karting Race Circuit in Cerrigydrudion, he wants to do anything he can and he is adamant what ever is done, must be on the square in Ruthin," said Cllr Bragg.
Ruthin Town Council agreed to donate £500 to the fund this financial year, and review the grant during the new year.
Details for the Memorial Fund account held at Ruthin's Natwest bank are: sort code, 544106; account number, 44541643.
Cheques can be made out to Tom Pryce Memorial Fund, c/o Ruthin Town Council, Town Hall, Ruthin, LL15 1AS.

#126 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 20:38

This is excellent news ..............

PRYCE HONOURED AT REVAMPED ANGLESEY

http://crashnet.cars...d=26&pid=333174

One of the finest racing drivers ever to come from Wales, if not the British Isles, will be remembered at the new Anglesey circuit when the rebuilt track opens for racing in May.

A gifted racer who enjoyed a meteoric rise to Formula One, Tom Pryce lost his life in a freak accident at Kyalami in South Africa in 1977 and, with the 30th anniversary of his death next Monday [5 March] coinciding with the rapidly advancing redevelopment of Anglesey, a section of the new track has been named in memory of the quiet and unassuming driver from north Wales.

The Tom Pryce Straight will be the run out towards the new hairpin before the track turns right and returns almost parallel past the pits. It wil be a permanent fixture at the venue, which owners hope will be re-opened for business before the heart of the season.

Incidentally, the council in Pryce's home town of Ruthin is currently seeking public donations towards the creation of a permanent memorial to the driver.

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 20:56

This is excellent news - and the picture in the link shows that everything is coming along very nicely!

I think I may go there rather more than I ever have before - it is only 15 miles from my home.

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 21:28

I hope one day to have a few photos taken of my car with the significant five black stripes painted on the bonnet and Welsh flag airbrushed on the roof on Tom Pryce straight at Ty-Croes :) It'll be a fantastic culmination to my, up till now, 16month long car build. :)

Bryn.

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 21:32

Ahh, but what a rebuild it will be :)
I keep peeking to see if you're any closer to finishing it

#130 sideways.taff

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 22:15

Thanks Paul :)

#131 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 00:01

REST IN PEACE TOM PRYCE

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11 JUNE 1949 - 5 MARCH 1977

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 03:46

R.I.P Tom Pryce. One of the finest drivers there has ever been.

#133 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 07:20

TOM PRYCE REMEMBERED TODAY - 30 YEARS ON .......

To find out more about this unassuming and remarkable man, visit:-

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 07:48

Hard to believe it was 30 years ago today. I remember it so well. RIP Tom...

And RIP also Jansen Van Vuuren...

~Coral

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 08:47

5th March, always been a difficult day and date over the last 3 decades.

Down here in Kent this morning the clouds have blown away and the sun is shining. Sadness is tempered by the fact that a great racing driver and a gentle man is about to gain the recognition that he so deserves.

Thanks Eddie.

#136 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 09:02

Coral, you are so right - yes, we do also think of the young man, Frederik Jansen van Vuuren, the fire marshal, who also lost his life on the 5th March 1977. RIP both gentlemen.

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 10:35

Rest in peace Tom. Even though I am not old enough to bare witness to his talents first hand he is still one of my heroes.

Bryn.

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 14:09

As I work not too far from Kyalami I took a drive there today and took a picture of what the area of the old main straight looks like today....this picture was taken looking up the hill towards the start and Tom and Van Vuuren's tragic accident would have taken place on the right hand side.It's obviously very difficult to pin-point the exact location as there are no landmarks,only tree's and office blocks but I think it's pretty close...RIP guys.....

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 14:18

RIP Tom. I'm just about to post my cheque to the trust fund. Really hoping I can make it down for the unveiling.

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#140 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 15:04

Roger - absolutely amazing that the old track (Kyalami) no longer exists. It all seems so peaceful/serene with the hedges and trees. Just as a matter of interest; what is the name of the street in the photograph? So difficult to imagine that this was once the straight past the pits and almost inevitably in close proximity to where Tom Pryce and Frederick Jansen van Vuuren were to meet their end.

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#141 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 16:03

I visited Tom's grave today to lay a wreath and to reflect upon life and what Tom could have achieved in his life had he not been so sadly lost to us at such a young age. My thoughts today go out especially to his Dad, Mom and Nella and his family and friends who still mourn his sad death. To all of us who remember Tom this day; remember too the life of Frederick Jansen van Vuuren who also lost his life doing what he enjoyed - helping others.

Flowers on Tom's grave today, 5th March ..........

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#142 David Force

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 17:20

Tom was up there with Ronnie and Giles when it came to car control during his life and no doubt is 'up there' with them now having a great time on the ultimate Grand Prix circuit in the sky.

Today let us recall a great driver and a true, gentle man. :wave:

#143 aaronwalsh

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 21:00

I was just shy 11 year old when Tony Soutgate (UOP Shadow designer) knocked on my door at Silverstone during school holidays and asked if I wanted to come to the circuit with him as the team were testing. Tom had been my favourite driver since watching him in the Token at Silverstone so I jumped at the chance. I spent the afternoon in the Shadow pits watching Tom and the team setting the car up between runs. I was in heaven.

Later that evening Tom waved goodbye to me in the street from his yellow Opel Rekord. Just one month later I was just over the moon when I witnessed Tom put it on pole for the Grand prix just before the heavens opened.

Tom has often come into my thoughts since that terrible day and for some reason even more so over the last few months. In a way I've been trying to deny it happened.

Today I finally went to Tom's resting place where I was able to leave some flowers, shed some more tears and say goodbye.

I've come to realise that I've spent too much time dwelling on the accident and what might have been. From today I will be thinking about the great moments like Monaco F3 74, Dijon 74, Brands 75, Silverstone 75 and the Nurburgring 75 and the memorial will really help in that respect.

Thankyou very much to everyone involved for all your hard work.

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 21:47

I had intented to visit Tom's final resting place myself today however I didn't manage to get things sorted in time. It must've been terribly poigniant to be stood there remembering him 30 years later.

It was also great to see an article in the Western Mail again today about Tom Pryce and the trust fund along with the memorial plans. I've scanned the article, one for your scrap book Eddie :)

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#145 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 22:27

Thanks "sideways.taff" - the more publicity for this cause the better. Councillor Murray Bragg was to appear on BBC Wales tonight with Murray Walker and Councillor Bragg was going to make mention of the TOM PRYCE MEMORIAL TRUST FUND. Did anyone hear the broadcast?

#146 DN5

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 22:30

Originally posted by Coral
Hard to believe it was 30 years ago today. I remember it so well. RIP Tom...

And RIP also Jansen Van Vuuren...

~Coral


I endorse this comment completely.

There is a cheque in the post and, like kevthedrummer, I would like to be there for any unveiling.

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#147 Roger39

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 06:12

Eddie- The road is called Kyalami Boulevard which is in an area now known as Kyalami Business Park. This park extends from Leeukop (Afrikaans for Lions Head) all the way down to what used to be Crowthorne. All the streets in the industrial park are named after famous Grand Prix tracks...Silverstone,Monza,Monte Carlo etc......

#148 Eddie Knipe

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 07:01

Excellent - thanks for all that info Roger.

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 08:18

Hello to you all. Having found this site and in particular this thread on Tom Pryce a few months back and reading all the wonderfull comments about him, I have now registered.

Back in the early 70's my brother worked for Shadow Racing, so therefore I had an interest in the drivers. As a young teenager the death of Peter Revson ironically also at Kyalami affected me.

As my passion for motor racing developed I became a member of the BMRMC and marshalled at the 75 British GP. The following year for the 76 International Trophy I was posted on the pit wall, getting quite a few drivers autographs including Tom's.

Tom's death affected me even more, I felt sadness for what my brother and the rest of the team would be going through.

It is really heartening that after 30 years after his death that people remember him.

Eddie...What a magnificent job you are doing in getting the Town Council in Ruthin to arrange a memorial in his name you have my upmost respect. My donation follows.

#150 Hieronymus

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 09:04

30 years ago that the great Tom left this world!! I remember the day like yesterday.

Something a friend pointed out to me yesterday...One of the most striking parts in Tremayne's "The lost generation" is where he tells that Tom Pryce's father-in-law sent flowers to the home of the Jansen van Vuuren family after the accident.

A fantastic gesture of sheer class at an extremely sad time!!!!