George Cross

By Alan Turner, 22 August 2014
167 George Cross before demonstrating his outfit at Rhodes Minnis, Kent in 2010. He was 93 at the time!

Former sidecar grass-track racer George Cross passed away on 13 August, aged 97. He raced at Brands Hatch when it was still a grass track and continued competing until the mid-sixties, after which he had a go at hill climbs...

Racing a 500 camshaft Norton, he never achieved national glory, although he was a member of the South Midland Centre team that secured the Inter-Centre championships in 1959.  Later, he raced a 650 Triton outfit that he kept race ready even after retirement. George was still taking part in demonstrations when he was 94! He loaded his outfit on to a trailer at his Lincolnshire home and drove long distances for the chance of a few more laps. The only nod to age was that he kept a walking-stick strapped alongside the petrol tank!

A true character, when George went racing, a crate of beer always accompanied the toolbox. A good day's sport was defined as emptying the crate, having shared the beer with racers and friends.

Before moving north, he had a garage business in Slough that specialised in restoring vintage and veteran cars.

The funeral is scheduled for 3pm on 28 August at Alford Crematorium, Lincolnshire, followed by a gathering at the East Kirkby Aviation Centre. Friends, racers and enthusiasts are welcome to attend.

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