KEN MELLOR – 1939-2020
The BRSCC is deeply saddened to learn of the loss of ST-XR Challenge deputy co-ordinator Ken Mellor, who tragically passed away yesterday (April 8th 2020).
Ken was a dedicated member of the coordination team for the Hyperdrive ST-XR Challenge, a championship which he himself also competed in previously, making his debut aged 52 and remaining in the paddock in the years afterwards to oversee the next generation of competitors, as well as showcase his skills as a photographer for the championship over the last few seasons. He provided ample assistance to coordinator David Fairclough and was a personality that was much loved and respected up and down the paddock. Ken also celebrated his 80th birthday at Anglesey Circuit last year amongst many of his friends and colleagues.
Outside of the ST-XR Challenge, Ken was also a much-valued member of the BRSCC North Western Centre community, regularly assisting with the centre’s annual Dinner Dance including taking photos. Alongside this, he also boasted experience as a marshal, regularly appearing for duty in the North West for decades before electing to race himself. Outside of racing, Ken was skilled in advertising, sales promotion and marketing and held a qualification from the Institute of Marketing.
Speaking of this sad news, NW Centre secretary Ray Sumner quoted “Ken did a lot of work for the ST-XR Challenge championship. He kept sponsors informed at race meetings with tours of the circuit and race control, as well as assisted with getting drivers for the clerk of the course and at dinner dances taking photographs. He will be greatly missed and hard to replace.”
NW Centre chairman Andy Holley also added “This is really sad to hear. Our thoughts go out to Ken’s friends and family, from everyone at the club.”
Many members of the ST-XR Challenge paddock have described Ken as a lovely, kind man who was a gentleman and helped the championship and its drivers so much over the years, as well as welcoming everyone with open arms. He is certainly a great personality and friend that will be missed dearly. The North Western Centre plans to commemorate Ken’s life at a future race meeting, with further details to come in due course.
The BRSCC wishes to extend its most sincere and heartfelt condolences and thoughts to Ken’s family and friends at this difficult time.