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The whole historic racing world is reeling under the shock of losing Simon Diffey in the prime of his life to a car crash on May 14.  That someone so full of the passion for life, could suddenly no longer be amongst us seems unbelievable to those who know him.  

Photo Jeff Bloxham

The internet and the magazine columns are full of an outpouring of grief and appreciation for this man, small in stature but with a huge presence in so many lives. His energy and enthusiasm for his many interests and his kindness to his many friends, will never be forgotten.  

As Duncan Rabagliati said, speaking of a member of the Formula Junior fraternity, “How big a hole can there be in our lives?  Simon was the brightest light shining over us .. and part of us … He was not just outrageous fun, he was kindness personified, he was a true friend, a loving father to George and Christine, he adored Sarah.  His two beautifully restored Lotus Formula Juniors will forever be a credit to his workmanship, attention to detail, and research, but the 47,000 hits on google tell more of his motoring passions from VSCC trials to racing the Grand Prix Connaught.”

Photo Linzi Smart

Our thoughts, sympathies and condolences are with Sarah, George, Christine, Mags, Alex, and all the family.  It is just unimaginable how much they will miss him.  We will all miss him so much.

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