Maurice Newbold - RIP

MAURICE NEWBOLD. 1930 - 2017

Maurice was always a staunch supporter of the Club, beginning one day in 1948 when he and June, his wife-to-be, took part in what was to be the first event of the fledgling Eastwood and District Motor Club.

Maurice immediately immersed himself into the running of this new Club, both administratively and competitively.

The earliest records which I have, of the first AGM after the Club had become a Limited Company in 1954, show that he was both Newsletter Editor and Press Rep- positions he was to return to in the early 1970's

During the 1950's, 60's and 70's Maurice served the Club as Committee Member, as Honorary Secretary, and as Chairman

Despite these demands on his time, and running a highly successful wine and spirit merchants, Maurice somehow found time to organise the annual Christmas Party, the Production Car Trial, and to be responsible for recruiting the host of marshals required for the Clubs' premier event, the Eastwood Rally, then a prestigious regional event attracting talent such as Roger Clark in his early are ear.

In addition to all the above, Maurice was also a keen competitor whose tallying career reached its peak in 1962, when, accompanied by Jack Glazebrook he took part in the Monte Carlo Rally - starting from Glasgow in car number 68, their Ford Zephyr Zodiac. After racing across Europe along a cold and snowy route disappointment followed when, after losing time on the final night section they didn't qualify for the final stages in Monaco.

Maurice always had The Eastwood and District Motor Club at heart and continued to support the Club, being a regular attendee at the AGM and the Awards Presentation until recently.

Maurice was present at the birth of the Club, and gave it his wholehearted support for almost 80 years- he will be much missed by all who knew him, and Christmas without the "Merry Monks" falling through the letterbox will never be the same

Rest In Peace

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