All those involved in the Silverstone Classic would like to pay special tribute to Denis Welch who lost his life on Sunday 27th July when competing in the Jack Brabham Memorial Trophy race for pre-1966 grand prix cars.
Having competed with distinction for more than 50 years, Denis was one of the most popular characters within the historic racing community and will be deeply missed by his ever-supportive wife Tina, sons Jeremy and Tim as well as his countless friends in the motor sport community.
Denis started racing a Mini in the early Sixties and then enjoyed great success in a Ford Anglia. It was, though, his great love of Austin Healeys for which he will be most remembered. Indeed he not only raced a Healey with great passion and exuberance for more than 30 years but also established a globally famous business specialising in Healey parts.
Over the past 15 years Denis’ love of racing saw him compete in many formulae winning races in a Lotus 23B and then his adored Merlyn in Formula Junior in which he won no fewer than three times on the streets of Monaco.
Denis was fulfilling another dream this year competing in the HGPCA series in a Lotus 18 – the car in which he tragically lost his life last Sunday.
"Denis has been one our most loyal and enthusiastic members of the HSCC for many years and has raced and supported our events at many difficult circuits in a variety of cars, always with great success. He was tremendously popular with everybody both on and off the track and will be hugely missed by so many people. It was a privilege to have known him, he was just such a nice man in every way."
CEO HSCC and Race Director Silverstone Classic.
A funeral service will be at 11am on Thursday 14th August 2014 at The Church of the Holy Angels, Hoar Cross, Staffordshire, DE13 8QR. Flowers welcome to F M & J Wait Funeral Directors, 25 Bird Street, Lichfield, WS13 6PW.
Beloved Husband of Tina, wonderful Father to Jeremy and Timothy and adored Grandfather of Arabella, Emily and new born Sebastien.