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"Trevor McIntosh"

18th May 1999

Speedway in South Australia lost another member of its family last week with the passing of former Speedway driver Trevor McIntosh.

Trevor became involved in Speedway at age 14 by helping the legendary Kym Bonython with his Speedcar at Rowley Park. This also led to the beginning of a wonderful friendship with the late Arn Sunstrom, another champion Speedcar driver who was sadly killed just a month before Trevor’s 21st.

Even though Trevor was devastated by this tragedy it did not stop his “need for speed”. The late Ray Foot gave Trevor a drive in his TQ, and that was the start of Trevor’s racing career.

Trevor built his own TQ and raced at Rowley Park, Renmark, Murray Bridge and Point Pass, making a name for himself by winning many feature races and holding the 10-lap record at Rowley Park for many seasons.

It was at the old Point Pass Speedway (half way between Eudunda and Robertstown) where Trevor met his future wife, Iris Kuhl, in 1963. Iris was only 18 years old, and the track Secretary and Pointscorer.

Trevor with his well-known TQ28 at Rowley Park in the early 1960s. Trevor's cars were always well built, immaculately presented and handled well.

Trevor and Iris were married on 3 October 1965, and their son Scott, now the starter at Speedway City, was born on 30 March 1974.

In 1972 Trevor decided it was time to take on a new challenge and move into the Speedcars, so he and Bob Usher got the plans from the USA Speedcar Association and built his own car powered by an Offenhauser engine.

His biggest win in the Speedcar was the prestigious Rick Harvey Memorial which he won in 1978/79 after leading for the full 25-laps.

Trevor winning the 1979 Rick Harvey Memorial at Rowley Park in the #99 Offy.

In March 1979 he had a huge crash in the Harry Neale Memorial and the car was badly damaged, just a week before Rowley Park Speedway was closing for the last time.

All week Trevor and his mates worked on the car so he could be at the closing of Rowley Park on the Friday night, and in the end he made it with just minutes to spare thanks to a "police escort" from one of his mates who was a traffic cop!

Trevor had formed a great friendship with Australian Champion George Tatnell over the years and GT came down to race at the Rowley Park closing. Trevor beat GT in the Stars Scratch race but GT got his revenge when Trevor came second to him in the 20-lap Feature.

Trevor built a new Chevy 2 powered speedcar for the opening of Speedway Park (now Speedway City) and in 1981 he led Australian Speedcar Title for the first 10-laps before an over-heated muffler ended his challenge.

Trevor finished racing in 1982, but remained involved by attending the Racing Drivers' Association meetings, and every race meeting at Speedway Park, for the next five years with his son Scott.

In 1987 he became a Speedcar Machine Examiner and also a Steward’s Observer, while his son Scott was doing the track electrical work.

Trevor and son Scott on duty at Speedway City.

In 1996, when Speedway Park was purchased by Wendy Turner and Bob Sincock, Trevor, Iris and Scott were the first people to offer their services, and in recent years Trevor was the Pit Organiser and Assistant Starter to his son Scott.

Trevor passed away suddenly at home last Monday morning, aged 71, and his funeral service is at 2.30 p.m. today (25 May) at the Centennial Park in the Heysen Chapel.

Everyone at Gillman Speedway sends their condolences to Iris and Scott.

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