My friend Rose died on Friday night.
She was an accomplished race driver (both rally and track driving). She was race preparing an Elva having completely rebuilt it by hand. She taught me so much about engines and driving that I couldn’t begin to list the wisdom she gave.
She died after losing control of her car when she hit black ice. She wasn’t the sort of person to drive daft on a public road and as you can imagine she could handle a car so it must have been bad.
The car rolled and the roof caved in, breaking her neck and spine in multiple places. She died instantly.
She leaves behind her husband Dereck - a truly great guy, and her 2 sons who I have never met.
I first met Rose a few years ago when I went to help Dereck with his network at their home. A few weeks later I raced against her at Oulton Park in Vauxhall Monaro’s (and got my ass completely thrashed). With a few laps afterwards and her guidance I knocked 32 seconds off my lap time.
I’ll miss her as I know anyone who met her will.