Carl Fogarty paid tribute to Dave Holden, a well-known sidecar racer and multiple champion at Great Harwood near Accrington, Lancashire, following his death earlier this month.
Dave, who was also the former owner of Blackburn Go Karts, opened by his friend and four-time Superbike World Champion Fogarty, died on April 10 at the age of 73.
Dave started racing in 1978 and won his first prize in Silloth, Cumbria, in 1981. He has won hundreds of trophies over the years and has kept over 700 in his attic. Dave said it was his British Championship and Isle of Man TT trophies that were his most valuable.
With accomplishments too numerous to list, Dave was a multiple sidecar champion, winning the Ace of Aintree Championship ten times and the Formula 5 Championship twice. It has had nine passengers over the years, forming loyal teams with a winning formula.
Independent plumber Dave has also had a few mishaps along the way, perhaps his most spectacular crash being a horror crash at 100 mph in 2009, at Beeches Bend on the Aintree racing circuit.
Despite serious injuries, he continued to make a full recovery and run again, effectively winning his return race at Aintree with his partner Rob Coward, of Blackburn, who was also involved in the initial crash.
As a final run, Dave’s family requested a final escorted run for the funeral procession, as a sign of respect for his long career. Fogarty, known throughout his career as “Foggy”, led the procession.
The hearse departed Clayton-le-Moors at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 21 before heading to St Alban’s Church in Blackburn, then to Pleasington Cemetery, for the final resting place.
His son Dean said the funeral was a celebration of his life, and described his father as a “great father and a great man”.
Fogarty said: “Dave was someone I had known for a long, long time from racing. He was a guy I always had a lot of time and respect for, and I just feel right here today.” hui to send it. “
Sidecar racing champion Ben Birchall said his achievements in the sport were mostly down to Dave and the large funeral attendance was a “testament” to him.
He added: “He taught me to drink and smoke, and most importantly he taught me to laugh and have fun. We had a great time. He played and worked hard and it’s a day sad, but it’s also good to be able to do it. remember him. “
Dave leaves behind a large family with ten grandchildren, including Lewis Blackstock of Blackburn, who continued in his footsteps by participating in the British Formula 2 Sidecar Championship.
Donations are welcome in memory of Dave Holden at Noble’s Hospital on the Isle of Man.