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Old 21 Oct 2011, 01:43 (Ref:2974548)   #1
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Bernard Baxter. Engine builder.

Jon Sykes rang to say Bernard Baxter has died suddenly (Thursday 20th October) of an aneurysm (artery enlargement).
I think our Bernard may have been a follower of the following thought process - one that brought him a lot of fun. Taken from a ten/tenther thread footnote but very apt in his case.

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Sorry to send you bad tidings.
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Old 21 Oct 2011, 07:54 (Ref:2974600)   #2
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Bernard was in great form all week at the festival. "See you at Silverstone" as I left the Kentagon Sunday night. Not to be.
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Old 21 Oct 2011, 09:43 (Ref:2974624)   #3
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On behalf of the Classic Formula Ford community, I would like to express our shock and sadness at the untimely and sudden passing of Bernard on Wednesday. Bernard had been a stalwart of Classic FF over the years, as a driver - he won the Championship in 1996 - as a car preparer - he 'ran' many drivers in Classic, as well as many other Championships of course, both here in the UK and in Europe - as an engine builder - BBE engines were regularly powering drivers to victory, as well as making up over half the Classic grid in recent years - and as a sponsor - Bernard co sponsored the Classic Championship over many seasons, and we were titled by the rather incongruous 'Bernard Baxter Engineering / URS Classic Formula Ford Championship' for the past 2 seasons in recognition of his contributions, both financial as well as free engine rebuilds for our 'Novice' Champion every season.

Without doubt, we have lost a cornerstone of club level single seater motor racing. His skills and talents will be sadly missed, along with his Lancastrian wit and humour. The paddock will be a quieter place in 2012....

Bernard rest in peace. Thanks for all you did for us over many years.

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See http://www.classicformulaford.com/
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Old 21 Oct 2011, 12:13 (Ref:2974681)   #4
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It is a sad irony that I talked to Bernard on Tuesday night about having my 2000 engine rebuilt for next season(his first ever 2000 motor).Bernard had obviously been thinking about a couple of tweeks based on what we had learnt this year,so I arranged to drop it off at his home at 11 am Wednesday morning.Sadly I arrived to hear he had been taken to hospital.
Of course the next I heard was the terrible news of his passing.
To my wife and I, a paddock without Bernard will never be the same.He had become a good friend and supporter and we shared quite a few bevy's together on race weekends.A true enthusiast,first class bloke and a great company.Good bye Bernard and thanks for all your help.
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Old 21 Oct 2011, 12:32 (Ref:2974693)   #5
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This is terrible news. Bernard was a genuinely good person, and helped many people in motorsport, on occasions too numerous to recount here. He was also one of racings real characters. We will not see his like again. Many condolences to his family. RIP.

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Old 21 Oct 2011, 13:35 (Ref:2974721)   #6
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Bernard's Funeral

Bernard's funeral will take place on Friday, October 28th at 11am, to be held at St Michael's Parish Church, St Michael's Avenue, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 2PG. See below for directions :

http://www.bramhallcofe.org/Parish/Directions.html

The family would like all drivers attending to take along their race suits along with a black tie, for a 'racing drivers' guard of honour'. Everyone that knew Bernard is warmly invited.

There will be refreshments afterwards.
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Old 21 Oct 2011, 15:00 (Ref:2974743)   #7
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Bernard planned to run my F3 Crossle at Silverstone to-morrow, and would've been arriving there as I write this. I can hardly believe he won't be there, winding everyone up in his own inimitable way. Like all of us I am devastated.

There will be many BB stories to share and much to laugh about one day, as Bernard would have wanted, but for now it'll just not be the same without him.
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Old 21 Oct 2011, 15:17 (Ref:2974754)   #8
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Drink Bernard Baxter

Sad and shocked at the news.Agreat competitor,engineer,and all round good bloke.Was allways trying to get me to have a beer as a non drinker.
Might just break that rule tonight Matey.Cheers Bernard.Dave Lowe.
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Old 21 Oct 2011, 16:04 (Ref:2974774)   #9
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My condolences to his family.

As has already been said, the paddock just won't be the same without him.

Although I have never ran a BBE engine, I got to know him well through his fantastic support of the Classic FF championship.

Not many had his level of knowledge and experience of FF / motorsport, some who maybe do can tend to come over as a little superior or arrogant but not Bernard, there wasn't a more approachable and light hearted soul in the paddock.

Rest in peace BB.
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Old 21 Oct 2011, 16:31 (Ref:2974786)   #10
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Shocked when I heard this unexpected news yesterday. I used to do a the Advertising for the Aintree Racing Drivers School and Bernard was generally around keeping the cars going. Always a smile, hello and roll up ciggie on the go. He was close to Roger Eccleston when Rog died and quite cut up about it at the time, although Bernard ended up driving Rogers Crossle at the speed the car was accustomed to. (Is this the car Bernard broke his arm in at Oulton).

I last saw him at Oulton at the Classic FFord races and he looked his normal smiling self.

He was one of those who was prepared to put something back into the sport - he'll be greatly missed.
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Old 21 Oct 2011, 19:32 (Ref:2974846)   #11
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Cheers Bernard

As many other on this forum, I too have fond memories of Bernard, in partiular racing against him. That autosport (or was it Motorsport News) headline "Bernard Baxter mounts Nigel Lingwood" after a coming togethar at the start of an event at mallory, probably 10 years ago, will stick with me forever. Someone else mentioned when he broke his arm at Oulton - I saw the incident in my mirrors!
Great guy, down to earth. He'll be sadly missed.
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Old 21 Oct 2011, 19:52 (Ref:2974855)   #12
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RIP Bernard, a pleasure to have met you a few years back.
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Sincere sympathies to the Baxter family.
What a character Bernard was, I will miss the tea and tales that were always on offer when collecting an engine from the workshop.
Cheers Bernard, rest in peace.

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Old 21 Oct 2011, 23:18 (Ref:2974957)   #14
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... "Bernard Baxter mounts Nigel Lingwood" after a coming togethar at the start of an event at mallory, probably 10 years ago
Nigel Lingwood
It was actually 20 years ago! I think I got the altitude prize in that incident but Bernard definitely had full points for artistic impression for what looked a very neat pirouette on your roll bar Nigel.

He truly was a gent. RIP Bernard.
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Old 22 Oct 2011, 13:54 (Ref:2975134)   #15
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I think everything has been said that can be said about Bernard, I raced against Bernard in the 90's and always found him a great bloke on and off the track. I was only looking at a picture of Bernard and me at Brands Hatch on my office wall this morning and twenty minutes later I received the news. Rest in Peace Bernard, Nigel FH.
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