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#1 Fred Gallagher

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 10:09

Peter Ashcroft, engine-builder, Competitions Manager, and then Motorsport Director of Ford of Europe, died on Sunday in South Carolina.

He was a very capable and kind man. I came very close to co-driving in the Ford team on three occasions but it never happened, although I would love to have competed under Peter's leadership.

Fred

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#2 RS2000

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 17:25

I feel old, with eras ending. Not normally quite as accessible to grass roots private entrants as, say, Des O'Dell, but the same helpful spirit to them, behind the scenes, that he caused to filter down via others.

#3 sterling49

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 18:00

A great loss. a guy that every motorsport fan should be aware of, he gave so much, the years are rolling on for all of us. I wish Peter a full house BDA complete with ZF 5 speed to take him to the pearly gates, there will be a few of his old mates and colleagues to greet him :cry:

#4 rx-guru

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 18:57

Another motorsport legend gone, may he rest in peace.

#5 RS2000

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 20:17

How better to remember Peter Ashcroft than with his words right at the end of this famous clip?


#6 sterling49

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 21:26

A great clip, so many great memories, Tony Fall there also :(

#7 McTaff

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 17:49

Originally posted by sterling49
A great loss. a guy that every motorsport fan should be aware of, he gave so much, the years are rolling on for all of us. I wish Peter a full house BDA complete with ZF 5 speed to take him to the pearly gates, there will be a few of his old mates and colleagues to greet him :cry:


We'd better make the most of it now then! :drunk: It's never too late to compete, Brian Davies from Swansea is 72 in August, Brian Dennis is around that age as well and they both still get out regularly. :clap:

#8 rx-guru

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 13:12

http://www.legacy.co...sonID=102144416

Memorial service today while guest book can be found under link.

#9 Giraffe

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 20:54

It's nice that such a thoughtful man as Fred Gallagher should post this; he was unfortunate enough to be on holiday in the late 80's at the long lost Ocean View Hotel in Hastings, Barbados, and I got to know him because I'm Tony Gallagher, and we kept getting each other's faxes!
I tormented the hell out of him with motorsport questions, often well lubricated, but he never complained once! His partner / wife was a diver, and brought my wife up some exotic shells that are still in our bathroom to this day!
Thanks Fred's missus!

#10 Giraffe

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 20:57

He also told me some gems regarding Bjorn W., and dining with the Toyota board after a Safari win.....

#11 Giraffe

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 11:11

Fred, if you see this, will you let me have your e-mail address to: anthonygallagher@hotmail.co.uk

Thanks,

Tony G.

#12 Sallya

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 23:19

Thank you to everyone who has posted kind words about my father, Peter Ashcroft. I have found myself searching the web for info on him, and I have found great comfort in how much he was respected and admired.

Sarah :cry:

#13 cosworth bdg

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 02:43

Thanks Peter for those Glorious sounding BDA/G Ford Escorts which were unleashed on the motorsport world through your corporate conections. May you REST IN PEACE, Thank you............