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It is with regret that I have to inform you of the death of Life Member, Don Truman, who passed away on Thursday 15 September aged 89.

Don gained membership of the Club through his racing in the early fifties (which included winning the first race ever held at Oulton Park in a 500cc Cooper) having started in motor sport in 1947 driving a 500cc Marwyn which he described as “probably the worst and most dangerous racing car ever built!”. He was perhaps best known for his endeavours in the Bardon Special (which was in fact the significantly re-worked Marwyn) and he continued to race until 1959.

Upon retirement Don entered the world of marshalling and is perhaps best known for his many years as a senior official within the sport. Never one to mince his words, Don’s dressing downs were legendary and remembered by the drivers on the receiving end to this day!

Don served as a BRDC Director between 1971 and 1992. He suffered a minor stroke on Thursday and passed away peacefully later that night after enjoying supper with his wife.

The funeral is to be a private occasion but there will be a memorial celebration in the Lichfield Suite at the Belfry (a few minutes from Junction 9 of the M42) on Friday 30th September, 2 – 4pm. Tea, coffee (and pastries) will be available and the room has its own private bar if you would like to purchase drinks.

Anyone wishing to celebrate Don's life and achievements with his family and friends will be very welcome.  It would be helpful if you wish to attend the memorial celebration if you could e-mail the family at so they have an idea of numbers.

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