MIKE HIBBINS – AN APPRECIATION
Mike Hibbins, who sadly passed away on 19th May, served the BRSCC for more than twenty-five years, the vast majority of which he held the post of the Club’s Chief Scrutineer. In this capacity Mike was involved with many BRSCC championships and projects, namely VSR’s, Time Attack, Legends, Eurocars and most recently Alfas. He was also closely involved with Britcar.
Although mainly associated with circuit racing, Mike was in fact a rally man at heart and competed at club and national levels in his earlier days. He was also an enthusiastic and successful off-roader, competing particularly in trials and winch recoveries.
On a professional basis, Mike was a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry and enjoyed a varied career as a mechanical engineer, including a spell as a research engineer working on the development of diesel engines. Putting his technical skills and knowledge to good use, Mike was also a mechanic for various teams, including Jaguar and Gulf at several Le Mans 24-hours races.
In addition to his duties as Chief Scrutineer, Mike was also on the BRSCC South Eastern Centre committee where he enthusiastically turned his hand to any role he was asked to fill, including more recently the post of treasurer. Always the family man and living on the doorstep of Brands Hatch, Mike recruited his wife Judith and daughter Fran to assist the South Eastern Centre. Indeed, Judith is still the Centre’s Competition Secretary and Fran is a regular marshal and race admin assistant.
Mike’s good humour and willingness to help will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Everyone at BRSCC HQ and the South Eastern Centre would like to extend their deepest condolences to Judith, Fran and Charlie.
Mike’s funeral has been confirmed for Monday 15th June at 2pm, at the Garden of England Crematorium, Sheppey Way, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 8GZ, followed by afternoon tea at Brands Hatch. Everybody is welcome. Judith, Fran and Charlie have requested family flowers only but there will be a collection for the Automotive Industry Charity 'BEN' which Mike supported.