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Tragedy as ‘absolute gentleman’, 60, is run over and killed by recovery truck as he prepared to hand out trophy at a stock car race

  • Colin North, 60, died at Birmingham Wheels Raceway, ahead of gala on Saturday
  • Mr North was a sponsor for Speedway Great Britain and popular in motorsport
  • The event held at the Landor Street venue was abandoned after tragic incident 

A man described as an ‘absolute gentleman’ was killed after he was hit by a recovery vehicle at a stock car meeting.  

Colin North, 60, died at Birmingham Wheels Raceway, as he prepared to hand out a trophy to the winner of the Formula 1 stock car race on Saturday evening.  

Sponsor for Speedway Great Britain, Mr North, from Leamington Spa, was a well-known and popular part of the British motorsport scene.  

Colin North, 60, died at Birmingham Wheels Raceway, as he prepared to hand out a trophy at a gala event on Saturday evening

Police and paramedics at Birmingham Wheels Raceway which was packed with spectators for the gala event

Police and paramedics at Birmingham Wheels Raceway which was packed with spectators for the gala event 

Mr North was hit by a recovery vehicle at the stock car event. West Midlands Police released a statement today and confirmed an investigation has been launched alongside Birmingham City Council

Mr North was hit by a recovery vehicle at the stock car event. West Midlands Police released a statement today and confirmed an investigation has been launched alongside Birmingham City Council

Police and paramedics were called to the scene at the outdoor race track and spectators where asked to leave after the gala was called off.  

West Midlands Police released a statement today and confirmed an investigation has been launched alongside Birmingham City Council.   

A spokesman said: ‘West Midlands Police were called to reports of a man being hit by a recovery vehicle at an organised off road stock car event at Birmingham Wheels Park last night (November 16).  

Track Star Racing tweeted a picture of Colin North (far left) alongside their team and said they were 'truly devastated'

Track Star Racing tweeted a picture of Colin North (far left) alongside their team and said they were ‘truly devastated’

'Professional Speedway athlete Danny King wrote: 'Really tragic news coming out about Colin North'

‘Professional Speedway athlete Danny King wrote: ‘Really tragic news coming out about Colin North’ 

A string of tributes were paid to Mr North who was a marketing specialist working with motorsport sponsors Teng Tools.

Nigel Harrhy said on Twitter: ‘Colin North was an absolute gentleman, and was a massive supporter of stock cars and speedway.

‘His loss will leave a massive hole in our Sport. God bless you Colin, you will be sadly missed.’ 

Coventry Bees tweeted that they were 'devastated' following the death of Mr North and described it as a 'very sad day'

Coventry Bees tweeted that they were ‘devastated’ following the death of Mr North and described it as a ‘very sad day’ 

‘Professional Speedway athlete Danny King wrote: ‘Really tragic news coming out about Colin North. Colin has supported me since my career began, he was a great guy who was always there to help.

Nigel Harrhy said on Twitter: 'Colin North was an absolute gentleman, and was a massive supporter of stock cars and speedway'

Nigel Harrhy said on Twitter: ‘Colin North was an absolute gentleman, and was a massive supporter of stock cars and speedway’ 

‘Very sad, my thoughts go out to his friends and family. RIP Colin,’ wrote Danny King, 2016 British champion.’

Speedway Great Britain said in a statement: ‘British Speedway has lost a loyal sponsor and friend with the sad passing of Colin North, of Teng Tools, this weekend.

‘Colin was in attendance at our awards evening on Friday but sadly we were informed on Sunday morning of the devastating news.

‘Colin’s non-stop enthusiasm for our wonderful sport was always appreciated and through him many riders, clubs and major events felt the benefit of support from Teng Tools.

‘Everyone associated with the British Speedway Promoters’ Association would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Colin’s family at this extremely difficult and sad time.’

Midlands businessman and stock car driver Nigel Harrhy said on Twitter: ‘Colin North was an absolute gentleman, and was a massive supporter of stock cars and speedway.

‘His loss will leave a massive hole in our Sport. God bless you Colin, you will be sadly missed.’

A number of individual speedway teams, including Wolverhampton Wolves, and professional riders have also paid tribute.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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