Thursday 16 February 2023

Rally - George Head

Scottish rallying, and particularly Coltness Car Club, have lost another true friend. George Head has passed away.

It was George and Anne who supported a rising star in the early days when young Robbie Head first appeared on the Scottish motor cycle trials and rallying scene. The Head family became an instant hit with other competitors and service crews who quickly found out that George’s home baked fruit cake was a truly succulent and savoury delight. The only trouble was, he never brought enough to the rallies to satisfy popular demand.

Supporting Robbie wasn’t enough for George and Anne and they were very involved in CCC club affairs assisting with marshalling and organising at various events, and not just with their own club.

Close friends with the McRae family, those early days were magical as various club members rallied round to assist both youngsters with their early careers and Alister McRae’s too when he followed in Colin’s footsteps.

As their various careers progressed and the boys moved onwards and upwards, George became ever more involved with car club activities and events. He was also particularly good at ‘social’ events and would talk to anybody regaling friends and strangers with a constant stream of stories, anecdotes and recollections. A very handy chap to have around when sponsors had to be entertained and persuaded to part with cash!

At 86 years of age he was still interested and still involved when his health allowed. In fact he managed to attend the CCC social at the beginning of February and followed that up to a visit to a couple of club member who are building a race car. Admittedly the visits were becoming fewer in number and depended entirely on his health.

His presence was indeed missed when he wasn’t at the social nights. It will be all the more sorely missed now. On Tuesday the sport lost a proper gent. An often mis-used term but in this case, entirely fitting and appropriate.

In fact, it is hard to believe that such a kind and gentle soul was a member of the ‘Coltness Bears’ but it was badge he bore with great pride and even greater pleasure, giving much more than he enjoyed in return. He will indeed be sorely missed.

Our sincere condolences to Anne, Robbie, Emily and the wider family.

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