Post by administrator on Jan 29, 2011 22:22:56 GMT 1
It is regret that I announce the death of Australian member 'Leadfoot' aka Bill Lawler on Tuesday December 21 2010 aged 67 years. Bill died after suffering a heart attack while playing squash. Bill joined this group on March 28 2009 and frequently posted items of interest to members. He is survived by his wife Barbara and their children David, Stephen and Karen. Bill contributed some interesting items and video clips to this site, especially in the year 2009.
From 'Peter White's Australian Speedway World' February 2011 edition:
LAWLER, BILL SYDNEY Speedcar historian and midget aficionado Bill Lawler suffered a fatal heart attack while playing squash on Tuesday, December 21 (writes Peter White). He was 67. Lawler, who lived at Milperra in Sydney’s south-west, started in speedway as a pit crew member for Len Brock in the 1960s. Later he became an integral figure in the Vintage movement. He was, at various times, president of the club and editor of their top grade newsletter. He was, in fact, a foundation member in the club’s inaugural year of 1983. He also owned and drove Vintage midgets. The first midget he owned was the #38 Al Staples Holden which he restored with Gordon Nelson. His second car, which he co-owned with friend Rex Bond, was the Jack Moller Holden #23. He was awarded, for his outstanding efforts and contribution to the club, the President’s Award, Club Member of the Year, 2003 Club Car of the Year and 1997 Best and Fairest. But he was probably best known as the author of many excellent articles on drivers of the past for the Speedway Vintage and Speedway Memories publications. One of his greatest achievements in writing was last year when he penned the classic Werner Greve story. His passing creates a void in the history of midget car racing in Australia that probably will never be adequately filled. His knowledge and statistics were unsurpassed. He is survived by his wife Barbara and their children David, Stephen and Karen.