Steve Reid.

Steve Reid.

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cantus

915 posts

210 months

Friday 21st August 2015
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With great sadness we have taken notice of the death of Steve Reid. Steve was for us here in The Netherlands Mr. Grantura. I often talked to him about our common interest, Grantura's.
We wish his family and friends a lot of strength in the coming difficult period.
Goodbye my friend.

William Waardenburg
TVR CarClub Holland

Moto

1,000 posts

211 months

Friday 21st August 2015
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It's sad news for all of us on this forum as Steve was a BIG part of our community and a fountain of knowledge that has helped us all to enjoy our passion for classic TVR.

Our thoughts are with Lili and the rest of his family and friends. He'll be missed by very many people.

Steve

vixen1700

13,486 posts

228 months

Friday 21st August 2015
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Very sad to hear.

Rest in peace Steve.

GadgeS3C

4,287 posts

122 months

Friday 21st August 2015
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I only met Steve a few times but he went out of his way to help me with a TVR challenge.

I started a new job a couple of months ago in Preston Brook and only realised recently that I drove past Steve's house on the way in to work. On Tuesday I drove past and saw a paramedic's car outside. I hoped for the best but obviously it wasn't good news.

Regret not popping in now when I had the 3000M up here but not knowing Steve well and knowing he was ill I didn't want to bother him.

My sympathies to Lili, he will be missed by many as this thread shows.
Gary



Edited by GadgeS3C on Monday 24th August 21:30

Matt

136 posts

242 months

Friday 21st August 2015
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I only met Steve a few times and would agree with the other sentiments on here. The TVR world has lost someone who had a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for these cars.

Condolences to his family and friends

Matt

tomtrout

593 posts

121 months

Friday 21st August 2015
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I had the good fortune to meet Steve on just one occasion following a 230 mile pilgrimage from my home on the Hampshire/Sussex borders up to the "museum" in search of a pair of vixen seats. I had intended to only drop in, do the deal and be on my way but I spent all afternoon sucking in the knowledge and generally chewing the fat about all things ranging from advice on building up my Vixen to problems he was having with his pond! I know a lot about ponds - Steve knew a lot about TVRs - it was a day i will always remember! To say he had a big personality is an underestimate. One of life's characters in a grey world.

My condolences to his family and friends.

tvrsloth

72 posts

63 months

Saturday 22nd August 2015
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Will miss his vast knowledge and great blunt way of telling me not to do that. Not met for years but made me, my wife and boxer tuscan real welcome when we visited his home.

Best wishes to his family

Mr Tiger

388 posts

86 months

Saturday 22nd August 2015
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I've just heard the sad news and would like to pass on my condolences and best wishes to his family.

Chris

Pat H

7,589 posts

214 months

Monday 24th August 2015
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Very sad to hear of Steve's passing.

I spent many hours in his garage talking about old cars and listening to his frankly expressed opinions, of which he had plenty. Surprisingly, I agreed with most of what he said, which I guess was just as well.

Behind that lugubrious façade was a genuinely pleasant chap who would freely share his absurdly broad and deep knowledge of all things TVR.

He also supplied me with countless old parts which will be invaluable when I finally start putting my Tuscan back together.

In a strange and unhappy coincidence, Steve passed away on the 14th anniversary of my Dad's death. A happier coincidence was that Steve and my Dad knew each other.

My Dad was a GP and, in a previous existence, Steve had something to do with the medical profession and was working at Salford Hospital back in 1971. Their other common denominator was that Steve was running (an orange?) Vixen at the time that Dad had his Tuscan.

Steve and I struck a deal. He provided me with his incomparably expressed pearls of wisdom, and I was going to let him have a blast in the Tuscan. Regrettably, Steve's failing health and my protracted and expensive divorce put paid to that little plan.

I am, however, delighted to hear that he finally tied the knot with Lily.

The classic TVR community has suffered a really huge loss with Steve's passing. The picture of his Grunter on the front of the Filby book is just one fitting reminder of him, and I know there will be many more.

Rest in peace, sTeVeReid.










jastx

147 posts

112 months

Monday 24th August 2015
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Very nice tribute Dollyman. I didn't know Steve personally but enjoyed many of his posts from across the pond.

John

AMDBSTony

939 posts

125 months

Monday 24th August 2015
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Extremely sad news.

I first met Steve in 1987 when i had my first TVR, used to go to his meets in a pub nr Preston Brook.

Saw Steve at his home just before Xmas and his health was failing then.

Spent hours that day with him and his Mrs putting the world to rights........as has been previously said he had a way of making absolute sense with some of the most diverse subjects.

He was however a guru with TVR's and will be truly missed.

What else could be said about Steve other than a true legend.

My sincere condolancies to his family.

R.I.P. Steve.

Tony

john robson

370 posts

235 months

Thursday 27th August 2015
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An old picture from a few years back when Steve was arranging a magazine shoot. My car , Dave Griffins 1800s and Steves Grunter in the background. We always used to tease him about being an Eric Clapton lookalike.
We have fantastic memories of the many trips to France with Steve, Lil and the rest of our crew, to watch the Circuit De Ramparts at Angoulemme. Steve was just a brilliant guide, he knew some wonderful places to visit.
I will have to dig out some more pics.
He will be sadly missed by many
Phil, michelle and Tim

BOMBER123

193 posts

93 months

Wednesday 9th September 2015
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Dollyman1850

Original Poster:

6,130 posts

208 months

Thursday 10th September 2015
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BOMBER123 said:
Was a sad and poignant but lovely day where we shared some stories, memories and drank to a wonderful life lived.
N.

Pat H

7,589 posts

214 months

Thursday 10th September 2015
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Edited by Pat H on Wednesday 19th August 10:10

prideaux

4,919 posts

107 months

Thursday 10th September 2015
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oliverb205

699 posts

184 months

Thursday 10th September 2015
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john robson said:

An old picture from a few years back when Steve was arranging a magazine shoot. My car , Dave Griffins 1800s and Steves Grunter in the background. We always used to tease him about being an Eric Clapton lookalike.
We have fantastic memories of the many trips to France with Steve, Lil and the rest of our crew, to watch the Circuit De Ramparts at Angoulemme. Steve was just a brilliant guide, he knew some wonderful places to visit.
I will have to dig out some more pics.
He will be sadly missed by many
Phil, michelle and Tim
A great photo. The guy on the far left is Phil Bell, now editor of Classic Cars magazine, when he owned a Taimar and before he had a hair cut. They ended up at Blackpool for Back Home (1997, I think) I remember the photographer (with long dark hair) going out in Dave's 1800S and being desperate to go and find himself a Vixen.

Great memories.

Oliver.

TVRMs

1,792 posts

82 months

Friday 11th September 2015
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Pat H said:
That's quite a sad shot Pat.

GadgeS3C

4,287 posts

122 months

Friday 11th September 2015
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TVRMs said:
That's quite a sad shot Pat.
Yes, seeing that pic had the same effect on me as seeing the red arrows flying as an eight...

Pat H

7,589 posts

214 months

Saturday 12th September 2015
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GadgeS3C said:
TVRMs said:
That's quite a sad shot Pat.
Yes, seeing that pic had the same effect on me as seeing the red arrows flying as an eight...
It is rather a sombre photo.

This one is a little more uplifting, and perhaps better captures the sense of the occasion.



Edited by Pat H on Wednesday 19th August 10:15