Tony Blunden 15/9/1944 – 21/7/2017, “Bert”
It is with great sadness that we publish a small tribute to a dear friend and colleague, the legend that was Bert, who passed away on 21st July 2017. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter and two grandchildren, to whom we offer our sincere condolences.
We remember him telling us about his life and we'd like to record it on our website in tribute:-
Bert was a “War Baby”, the result of a Christmas 1943 liaison, he believed between a Land Girl and a Canadian soldier billeted nearby. Information was difficult to come by, but Bert said he understood his father died in Normandy before he was born (D Day was 6/6/1944). Bert was adopted and initially lived in Berkshire, but his family soon moved back to West Sussex.
After a short time living near Bognor Regis when first married, Bert and Dot moved to Amberley, ironically very close to where the Christmas 1943 liaison took place and to where his adoptive parents moved when he was young.
Bert was a qualified mechanic, class 1 HGV driver and fuel tanker driver. He came to Sussex Road and Race after he retired from his driving career and was a technician at the garage, recovery truck driver and most of all a race mechanic. It was at this last role he was given the title of “Legend” by the parents of a young driver whose car he was looking after. This is the role he relished most: the father figure nurturing young talent.
In typically stoic Bert fashion he didn't let a terminal diagnosis in Autumn 2016 materially affect his life and he continued to perform some duties for SRR, the last being within the last six weeks. Unfortunately it reached his brain three weeks ago and he was admitted to St. Barnabas Hospice.
Bert was one of those people that no-one had a bad word to say about, kind, generous and always willing to make time for someone.
We all have very fond memories of working alongside him over the years and will miss him greatly.
Kevin, Jayne, Josh, Aimee, Phil, Richard and Bert's four legged friend Archie.
Sussex Road and Race.
As many of you know we lost an incredible member of the team recently and as you have already been made aware the Funeral is on friday at Worthing Crematorium at 10:40am all welcome, And then on to the Franklin Arms just off Washington roundabout where everyone is welcome. We really do appreciate your kind words and we have passed them on to Berts family who are really greatful.
It is with great regret that Sussex Road and Race announce that it will not be taking on any further bookings to work on classic Minis. It is all about moving forward and as a team we feel this is the next step we need to make to progress as a company. We hope our customers will understand
Sussex Road and Race is a family run business based in Littlehampton, West Sussex, offering a wide variety of custom based services for you and your car. Because we are independent we offer that bit extra.
January 2012 marked a much needed move into our new premises with bigger and better facilities, and during 2013 we expanded into the adjoining unit.
Please come and visit us, have a coffee and a chat.
Our speciality is MINI. Kevin Fulbrook was Chief Mechanic at John Cooper, and knows minis inside out, and with our racing pedigree our expertise cannot be bettered. But that is not all we do........
- Servicing and repairs
- Re-mapping (Manic and DNA are our chosen providers, depending upon model being upgraded)
- Tyre supply and fitting, wheel balancing and tracking for all makes
- Air con re-gas
- Modifications and conversions, excluding major bodywork and resprays - we entrust this to experts in that field
- Rebuilds, bespoke conversions
- Race car conversions and race-day support
- SRR Spares is the place to go for BMW MINI parts - Both upgraded new parts and used parts are stocked.
We will be happy to discuss your requirements and offer ideas you may not have thought of.
So, why go to a Dealership when you can come to Sussex Road and Race?
John Cooper Works promotional video fT Kevin Fulbrook