‘Old Maler’ sends this appreciation of BSSA’s Vic Watts

Vic Watts BSSA

2013 did not start well with the death of longtime member of the BSSA, Vic Watts. He was the ever cheerful driver of the Watts/Sinclair duo & always a 4-stroke enthusiast. At Shepton it’s a love hate relationship, “We love the Trials but hate the Organiser.” At least I hope it was a merry quip.

Whatever the conditions I never saw him without a smile on his face. His standard greeting at the start of the event would be “Hello Maler how’s your temper today?” referring to the course, I’d say “Much too difficult for a man of your ample girth.” Yes, there was always that friendly rapport that continued right up to the last section at the Mendip Inn, where he’d stand me a pint.

For nearly half a century he provided good humour to the Shepton Members, all our Observers thought he was the ‘tops’, my daughters loved him & Mac. We extend our condolences to his family. His presence will be greatly missed whenever sidecar drivers gather. He was a genuinely nice guy & a personal friend.

I will miss the rapport. Rest in Peace old Mate:       Maler  – Shepton  MMC

Thank you Dave. I’ve Results from the North Somerset Timed Trial on Sunday, & a new set of Regs for the Avery Cup Trial to post, but they can wait for tomorrow while we stop for a moment & remember Vic again.  Frank


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