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Sid Watkins - sad news

Post by Coupe Racing » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:28 pm

I received the following via Email from the MSA a few minutes ago - very sad ....


MSA pays tribute to Sid Watkins

Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association – governing body of UK motor sport – paid tribute to Professor Sid Watkins OBE, who died yesterday at the age of 84 after a long illness:
“With the work that he undertook over the past 50 years, it is quite possible that Sid Watkins has had a greater impact on modern day motor sport than any other person. Every driver in the sport owes Sid an enormous debt of gratitude for the safety advances that he introduced in Formula One and latterly through the FIA Institute that have made their way down throughout the rest of the sport.
“Sid began his involvement in UK motor sport as a member of the Royal Automobile Club’s Motor Racing Medical Panel. In 1997 he was awarded the Prince Michael Centenary Award of Merit for his services to the sport and has always remained an honorary member of the MSA Medical Panel.
“Yet as well as being extremely knowledgeable and dedicated, Sid was also incredibly entertaining and engaging, something he demonstrated every year at the Watkins Lecture. He will be sorely missed and our thoughts are of course with his family and close friends at this time.”

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Post by CNHSS1 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:33 pm

RIP Prof :cry:

one of the touching tributes i saw online, was someone said 'now he can go fishing with Senna...'

the last conversation Sid and great friend Senna had was Sid trying to convince Senna not to get back into the car at Imola and go fishing with him instead.

Great man, and largely unsung hero. His books are great reading too

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Re: Sid Watkins - sad news

Post by cookieboy » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:42 pm

after watching the bbc programme on grand prix drivers that were killed .the work that sid and the gp drivers association have done in the last 30 years or so ,cant be underestimated .another sad loss to motorsport .


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Post by scimjim » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:45 pm

I watched that on Tuesday - great programme. Prof Watkins obviously featured in the Senna film too.


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Re: Sid Watkins - sad news

Post by greeny » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:05 pm

Sad day for any motor racing fan


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Re: Sid Watkins - sad news

Post by DarrylWebb » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:33 pm

Possibly the greatest man to feature in F1 who never took to the track. The opening chapter of his book where he recounts the weekend Senna died is.... I struggle for words to describe its impact.
The rest of the book gives an insight into the immense work that was done By the Prof and his team in recent decades to change attitudes towards racecar and track safety.


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Post by CNHSS1 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:41 pm

There cant be many humans that Bernie takes their word as gospel, Prof was instrumental in bringing F1 from the killing years to the global force it is now.


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Re: Sid Watkins - sad news

Post by ScimmyMike » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:00 pm

Along with Jackie Stewart he made the largest contribution to motor racing safety by any individual, if you get chance have a read of his book, he had a wicked sense of humour
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Re: Sid Watkins - sad news

Post by cookieboy » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:03 pm

jackie stewart has said that f1 needs to build a memorial to sid .silverstone looks a good idea .


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Re: Sid Watkins - sad news

Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:24 pm

Amazing that not only did he achieve all that he did in F1, but he also had his "day job" as a Professor of Neurosurgery, either of which would be enough to keep most normal human beings occupied. His legacy will live on into the future.

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