Many of you will already be aware of the recent very sad news of the death of Richard Utley.
The 500 Owners Association members wish to pass on their condolences to Christine his wife, and family and close friends, many of whom are within the 500 OA membership and racing fraternity.
Richard was very successful in the world of motorsport, designing and building the Caravelle Formula Junior. He also raced a Lotus 16 against the greats of that time including, Jim Cark, Innes Ireland and Graham Hill.
Richard was a remarkable character who raced until the last couple of years of his life.
Together, Richard and Charlie Banyard-Smith created the CR replica Manx Norton engine, with Richard working tirelessly to get it accepted by the FIA. The CR engine continues to power many 500’s and has been the basis of the transformation in reliability of many cars.
Richard was also the Club Registrar for many years and was at the forefront of establishing the current VIF system, which is a recognised document of a cars authenticity that is accepted at all historic motor sport events.
Richard was a successful business man, and spent some of his time in Texas. Richard will be remembered by many as a very kind and generous man, always freely giving of his time and energy. He was always forward looking and had a constant twinkle in his eyes.
He will be very sadly missed.
We understand there will be a quiet family only funeral in the North, and a celebration of Richard’s life is being considered.