David Purley, a lasting memorial

David Purley, a lasting memorial

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rhinochopig

17,932 posts

178 months

Monday 23rd January 2012
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Purely was the chap I used to kick off a thread about amazing bravery a couple of years ago. A long time hero of mine.

Altruism and racing don't always go hand in hand, yet Purley embodied both.

OP why not show 'the video' at the meeting. Those images say more about the man than any words can.

lauda

2,816 posts

187 months

Monday 23rd January 2012
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Best of luck with this OP, a fantastic idea.

I grew up in Bognor and even spent a few summers washing up in the staff canteen at Lec to pay my way through university. I also remember seeing Purley flying his plane over Bognor when I was a nipper. Let's just say it was normally pretty easy to figure out if it was him!

m8rky

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2,090 posts

139 months

Thursday 26th January 2012
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http://www.arun.gov.uk/main.cfm?Type=NI&object...

Link above to more details about the meeting.Spoke to a person at Arun DC today who said it is all about discussing ideas,so if anyone is local and wants to lend some support please come along.


m8rky

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139 months

Friday 27th January 2012
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Mmm well this may change the direction this may take a little.Had a phone call today from a chap at a firm called GKA who are community relations firm for the construction and development industry.
He informed that there will be some "art panels" along Shripney Road and they seemed quite keen on the idea of something to do with David and the LEC F1 team.

m8rky

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2,090 posts

139 months

Monday 30th January 2012
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Went along to the meeting this evening,got the idea down on paper and will also e-mail the idea in as well so just wait and see.The deadline for proposals is 29th Feb.

So along with the contact I had from GKA which I will pursue further I just hope there will be something at the end of it.

heightswitch

6,271 posts

230 months

Tuesday 1st May 2012
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Bump.

Has any new news materialised on this? Would be nice to see a fitting memorial?
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m8rky

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2,090 posts

139 months

Tuesday 1st May 2012
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Will get back on this a bit nearer the completion of the building,have had contact with all parties concerned and it is a bit soon but ongoing and will update when it gets nearer the time for them to do the art panels.Nothing is cut and dried yet but the right people are aware and interested.

chevronb37

6,466 posts

166 months

Tuesday 1st May 2012
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I hope nobody minds me posting this here, but I visited the Tom Pryce memorial in Rhuthin a few weeks ago. It is very near the EVO Triangle and well worth a visit to pay one's respects.



Also worth remembering the touching statue of Roger Williamson at Donington.



David Purley is equally worth of permanent recognition in my opinion. Best of luck to all those working towards the goal of marking a great man.

Chunkychucky

5,174 posts

149 months

Wednesday 2nd May 2012
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m8rky said:
Will get back on this a bit nearer the completion of the building,have had contact with all parties concerned and it is a bit soon but ongoing and will update when it gets nearer the time for them to do the art panels.Nothing is cut and dried yet but the right people are aware and interested.
Excellent news, great to hear OP

m8rky

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2,090 posts

139 months

Friday 2nd August 2013
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Ok,so fair to say I got well and truly suckered in by the false promises of the developers and their PR.
So anyway 2015 is 30 years since David Purley passed away so I am thinking of two options,

1, try and arrange some sort of gathering along Bognor seafront at a weekend near to the anniversary of his passing.
2,see if the FoS would do some sort of tribute.

Would be great to get the LEC F1 car on display and to tell David's story to a generation that may not know of him.

GadgeS3C

4,516 posts

144 months

Friday 2nd August 2013
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Sorry to hear you've not managed to secure something with the developers - not through lack of effort I'm sure. A real shame people don't value local heritage and a true hero.

Whenever I go to Donington Park and see Roger Williamson's statue I recall that footage and Purley's desperate attempts to save him.

Be great if something could happen for 2015 - the FoS or the revival would be a great place for that.

Keep us posted,
Gary


Edited by GadgeS3C on Saturday 3rd August 07:34

johnoz

882 posts

172 months

Friday 2nd August 2013
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m8rky said:
Ok,so fair to say I got well and truly suckered in by the false promises of the developers and their PR.
So anyway 2015 is 30 years since David Purley passed away so I am thinking of two options,

1, try and arrange some sort of gathering along Bognor seafront at a weekend near to the anniversary of his passing.
2,see if the FoS would do some sort of tribute.

Would be great to get the LEC F1 car on display and to tell David's story to a generation that may not know of him.
M8rky, well done for trying, it is surprising that sainsburys did not do something ! Considering what they did for the town in the terms of money! As a Bognor resident it would of even nice if they did.

chevronb37

6,466 posts

166 months

Monday 5th August 2013
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m8rky said:
Ok,so fair to say I got well and truly suckered in by the false promises of the developers and their PR.
So anyway 2015 is 30 years since David Purley passed away so I am thinking of two options,

1, try and arrange some sort of gathering along Bognor seafront at a weekend near to the anniversary of his passing.
2,see if the FoS would do some sort of tribute.

Would be great to get the LEC F1 car on display and to tell David's story to a generation that may not know of him.
I have suggested a tribute to 'The Lost Generation' at the FoS to the Competitions Department. If you could get a couple of interested parties on board, like the Donington Collection, I'm sure you could get their interest.

Drop me a PM if you'd like any help with it - I'd be delighted to do what I can.

Great Dane

2,612 posts

146 months

Monday 5th August 2013
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chevronb37 said:
I hope nobody minds me posting this here, but I visited the Tom Pryce memorial in Rhuthin a few weeks ago. It is very near the EVO Triangle and well worth a visit to pay one's respects.



Also worth remembering the touching statue of Roger Williamson at Donington.



or here



The first time I went to visit Silverstone from my native Denmark, the GP practice was delayed as we arrived and they were getting DP out of the car...

m8rky

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2,090 posts

139 months

Tuesday 6th August 2013
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chevronb37 said:
I have suggested a tribute to 'The Lost Generation' at the FoS to the Competitions Department. If you could get a couple of interested parties on board, like the Donington Collection, I'm sure you could get their interest.

Drop me a PM if you'd like any help with it - I'd be delighted to do what I can.
Great idea,many thanks.Will PM you later.

jsf

26,814 posts

216 months

Wednesday 7th August 2013
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David's LEC is no longer in the Donington Collection. The car is currently having a full restoration at WDK Motorsport, to have it ready for a return to the tracks next year.

ChrisJ.

547 posts

220 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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norman156 said:
I recall reading the following about Purley (I think it's an extract from Classic and Sportscar magazine):
'No shortage or heart in David Purley, a man so well remembered for courage and audacity that people forget he could actually drive.
A friend remembers, "he was an absolutely brilliant bloke, and on the right day, he was blindingly quick. But he didn't have a clue about racing. In Fl, he'd say 'There was this red car right up behind me.' That would have been Lauda, but David wouldn't have known." Now that's what I call style and panache.'
I'm trying to remember exactly which issue that was in? It's a few years ago now, but well worth reading. I'll post the issue date for that, when I track it down.

Alan De Cadenet has just written a 'de Cad's heroes' piece on David Purley in the recent July 2013 issue of Classic and Sportscar, so he might be worth contacting?

ChrisJ.

547 posts

220 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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jsf said:
David's LEC is no longer in the Donington Collection. The car is currently having a full restoration at WDK Motorsport, to have it ready for a return to the tracks next year.
That will be great to see.

ChrisJ.

547 posts

220 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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. said:
I'm trying to remember exactly which issue that was in? It's a few years ago now, but well worth reading. I'll post the issue date for that, when I track it down.
Here it is, 'Purley King' by David Tremayne, June 1997 issue of Classic and Sportscar:
http://www.asag.sk/bio/csc.htm

m8rky

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2,090 posts

139 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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jsf said:
David's LEC is no longer in the Donington Collection. The car is currently having a full restoration at WDK Motorsport, to have it ready for a return to the tracks next year.
That is great to hear,and answers a question I was pondering while walking along Bognor seafront today.
I was thinking how great it would be to see the LEC F1 do a demo run down the seafront on the 30th anniversary of David's passing.