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Howard Strawford


Howard Strawford, who was "Mr Castle Combe", succumbed to a stroke on the morning of Saturday February 23, aged 77.

After spending the 1960's as a keen adminsitrator and competitor (speed events in a Morgan 4/4) he became increasingly involved with Castle Combe. After it was slated to close at the end of 1971 he worked with BRSCC, AFN and the landowner Mrs Thomas to run 5 days racing a year for the next 3 years. With so few meetings to spread the costs over, and many safety improvements to pay for, it was necessary to ensure the maximum income, and this laid the path for the Castle Combe philosophy for many years to come: full grids of successful championships leading to close racing which attracts spectators. As a result, he took over the lease of the circuit in 1976. Despite several attempts by nimbys to close the circuit, it has gone from strength to strength. His name, always with ius wife Pat of 54 years, is familiar to enthusiasts from all disciplines, not just circuit racing, and the circuit is an examplar of "offering the people what they want".

A tribute to Howard will be held at the opening race meeting of the 2013 season on Monday 1st April 2013 – “Howard’s Day” - to allow those who were unable to attend his funeral on 12 March to pay their respects.
Donations in memory of Howard will be given to: Motor Sport Safety Fund and Castle Combe Racing Club Trust.

 

     

 

Howard Strawford

Castle Combe Racing, 1981 style