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Old 24-05-17, 16:02
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Revd. Barry Whitehead

Sadly, the Reverend Barry Whitehead died on Monday 22nd May 2017 aged 86, from prostate cancer.
Barry, self taught, was inspired to build his own "RBS" (Rev. Barry Special) single-seaters by reading the books of Allan Staniforth. His cars, RBS1 to RBS8, primarily competed in the 1100cc racing car class, and for the last 18 years he shared them with his daughter Eve until ill-health forced him to retire from driving two seasons ago. Eve continued to drive, and despite declining health, he assumed the role of “RBS mechanic”, working in the garage, preparing and maintaining the car for her - he enjoyed the engineering as much as, if not more than, the driving. Eve continues to compete RBS8 in the north west region.


He was a much-liked and respected engineer and competitor; with his booming voice and laugh (and insults), he was a major presence in the paddock and he will be very sadly missed by a huge number of competitors across the north of England. He competed for over 45
years, never missing a season, which is an amazing record.

Our condolences go to his children Pat, Eve, Mark and Nicola.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday 31st May, 2pm, at St Wilfrids’s church, Standish, Wigan, with refreshments at a local venue afterwards.

Update
St.Wilfreds Church (WN6 0JT) is in the centre of Standish and parking will be a challenge. One option is to park at The Owls restaurant (Rectory Lane, WN6 0XD) and walk to the church or share cars from there. The refreshments will be at The Owls after the service.
However be warned, it is at least 1/2 mile and it is uphill to the church. Side streets may have parking because it is daytime. We are anticipating a significant attendance.

Craig Powers
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