Brian Hall - RIP - PLEASE SEE POST #25 FOR MEMORIAL FUND LINK

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Brian Hall - RIP - PLEASE SEE POST #25 FOR MEMORIAL FUND LINK

Another dreadful piece of news to share with Club members.  Brian Hall - our AR for Bristol and Bath, a Director of the Club and our Company Secretary - passed away this morning at home after an unbelievably short but intense battle against cancer.

I first met Brian only a few years ago when he came along to the first Novices Trackday we held at Castle Combe circuit, but our friendship developed when Brian stepped forward as one of the gallant 'AR9 Working Group' who steered our Club through the choppy waters of 2020 and then again, most recently, as a consequence of our closely aligned roles within the new Club Committee. 

I know there will be plenty of other Club members here who knew Brian better and for longer than me but I will remember him, amongst other reasons, for his great enthusiasm for his immaculate and much treasured Caterham, for his passion for our Club and for his great patience and sense of humour.  Brian loved all things engineering (particularly when related to cars and aircraft!) but, also, he liked to get on with things, to see decisions being taken and being acted on.  

His passing is a great blow to the Club, as well as being an indescribable loss to his family and friends.

An appalling start to 2021; so unjust and so unfair.

RIP, Brian.

James

 

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Utterly dreadful news.  

 

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I knew Brian for too short a time, but considered him a good friend. We shared stories of our past in my kitchen and debated the pro's and con's of various GoPro options for his car in my garage. When others were off doing other things we chatted together for hours about nothing on the weekly Bristol and Bath Zoom calls, and for even longer when others were also on the call.

He was always visiting club members to help them out with their car related issues and spent hours on the phone doing club business and getting to know local members. He had a passion for trying new things to make the local meetings more interesting. Not least of which being the 2019 Summer Meet at the Boar's Head in Aust where we had 25 cars in the field at the back of the pub.

Brian was incredibly generous with his time and had a fantastic sense of humour.

RIP Brian. I'm glad to have called you a friend.

John

 

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Ba***rd disease.....

it's depriving us of too many good people.
 

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Perhaps no better way to remember Brian than to watch the YouTube video he made of him driving around Castle Combe on a club track day... where he also volunteered as a marshal.

https://youtu.be/1k6D0fNiJAA

John

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So sorry to hear of Brian's passing, I worked with Brian as part of the AR9, never actually got to meet him! Such a shock. 
RIP Brian

Thoughts go out to family and friends. 
 

Kingsley. 

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Loosing one of our own is always sad. I only knew Brian over telephone & Zoom calls when he took part in the commercial group of the old MT. I valued his contributions.

Stephen

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I got to know Brian when we started to work on the AR9. He was a thoroughly decent fellow and keen to put things right. He was a 'doer' and I remember that with very little notice he helped set up a successful Castle Coombe track day despite all the covid problems. He was also busy in the background solving various other significant issues and problems that inevitably crop up.

He loved engineering, and in meetings if you got him talking about aircraft and cars then it was a job to shift him back onto the more mundane topics of club governance.

This is a sad loss to our club as well as his friends and family.

Simon

 

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Terrible news and my thoughts are with his family and friends.

Brian was kind enough to telephone me in October to welcome me to the club to offer his advice and support to me as a new owner. His enthusiasm for all things '7' was very evident in that call.

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Shockingly dreadful news to hear that we have lost another friend, so soon.

I only knew Brian as part of the AR9 and to speak with on numerous occasions regarding the organisation of the Dunsfold event. Brian was one of life's can-do men and I valued his assistance immensely.

RIP Brian - taken far too soon.

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Such terrible news. 

Brian welcomed me to the club 2 years ago and I felt very welcome from the start, enjoying the monthly pub visits at the Boars Head bear Bristol where I started my learning journey of these wonderful cars. 

Beyond that, his motivation to help was unmatched - we'd be chatting in the pub about roll bars or light fitment or some other issue I was having, then the very next day he'd email me the relevant articles from old LF's, so I now had no excuse but to make progress! 

He also invited me over to his house for Xmas drinks, and again in summer before my first track day to help me replace the engine, gearbox and diff oil, things my rookie skills would never have got round to. 

Full of knowledge and not afraid to share it - you were in trouble if he called when you were in a hurry or busy doing something else - whatever I was doing would have to wait! Always worth it though. 

Thank you Brian, you were a good friend. My thoughts are with your family.