Francis John (Frank) Tiedeman 10th October 1920 – 2nd July 2013
The Chequered Flag has fallen on the life of the Monoposto Racing Club President Emeritus.
Frank Tiedeman was the founder and driving force of the Monoposto Racing Club and served it as Secretary, Chairman and President. In later years, on retirement from the board Frank held the title President Emeritus, in recognition of his enormous contribution and service to the Club.
He started racing in 1951 with the 750 Motor Club in the 750 Formula, progressing to the 1172 Formula for bigger sports racing cars whilst putting his energy and enthusiasm into nurturing the club as a director. Later in the 1950’s he and others were firmly of the view that a low cost single-seater class was needed so Frank put a proposal to the 750 MC. The Club decided against such a move so in 1958 a small group including eminent motoring journalists, John Bolster and Dennis Jenkinson joined Frank in formulating a single-seater class and launching the Monoposto (Single Seat) Register. The Register’s first race was held at Brands Hatch in June 1959 and from small beginnings, nurtured with energy and enthusiasm, the Monoposto Register grew into the Monoposto Racing Club as we know it today, promoting the UK’s largest single-seater championship.
Frank was a key figure in the growth and development of the Club which, along the way fostered the reintroduction of Formula Junior, 1000cc Formula3 and 1600cc Formula 3 as historic or classic championships, before launching out on their own. The 500cc Formula 3 cars of the 1950’s also found a home in ‘Mono’ for a while.
Frank’s contribution to motor racing in the UK was immeasurable, for without his vision in launching the concept, energy and enthusiasm in driving the club forward and wisdom in fostering its sustainable growth, many hundreds, possibly thousands, of competitors may never have had the opportunity to race a single-seater.
Frank loved cars and racing. He competed from 1951 to 2006 and had a personal collection of interesting cars, some of which will be sold this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The funeral was on 19th July at Cheltenham Crematorium. The club was represented by David Cox and Nick Harrison.Frank's family were touched to receive a splendid card prepared by Simon Davey showing the record breaking grid at Silverstone in 2011. More important it was signed by members and friends of the club at Oulton Park. As we signed, we all knew that without Frank, we wouldn't be racing in Monoposto.
Donations from friends may be made to the Funeral Directors, Mason & Stokes, Cheltenham, for Cheltenham General Hospital and Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary.
Frank's Lotus 22
At his last race in 2006 at Lydden, in his Austin 7 Ulster