Tributes to Burnley stock car racer Jack Lord
WITH his coffin draped with a chequered flag and a racing helmet placed poignantly on top, family and friends said their final goodbyes to a popular stock car racer.
The funeral of Jack Lord, 79, who was born in Burnley, took place at Accrington Crematorium yesterday and saw well-wishers pack into the building to pay their respects.
Trevor Hayes, of the British Humanist Association, led the service and read out an obituary written by Mr Lord’s son, Glenn.
The service concluded with the song ‘Stock car racing is magic’. Glenn said: “He was a good listener and a hands-on helper.
“He was always there for every member of his family.
“When he was serving in the army, he decided to take a trip back home to visit my mum, Mavis. He made it in two weeks with papers of a passport.
“When he returned he was hauled in front of his sergeant and punished for being AWOL.
“He never said too much about what he did with his time off while he was in the Army but he would always say that it was worth it with a smile on his face.”
Mr Lord, a grandfather, was obsessed with cars and bikes and even enlisted in the armed forces to join the Royal Engineers, serving in Egypt in the 1950s. When he returned to civilian life at the end of the decade, the stock car scene was just taking off.
In August 1960, he took to the track at Belle Vue in Manchester, driving a Ford Pilot V8 and won numerous events.
He is survived by his wife of more than 65 years, Mavis, sons Glenn and Jason, daughter Karen and grandchildren Louise, Jack and Sarah.
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