Bevan Gerrard Obituary, Beloved Member Of Southland Sports Car Club Has Passed Away

Bevan Gerrard Obituary, Death – We mourn the departure of Life Member Bevan Gerrard. Bevan, always cheery and helpful, was appointed a Life Member of the club in 2020 for his nearly 50 years of service. Winton-born, he joined the club through friend Ray Galt. He first competed in car trials, then rally sprint and sprint events in a Ford Anglia, and finally rallying as a driver and co-driver with Galt and club veteran Rodger Cunninghame.

After retiring, Bevan worked as a crash crew member before becoming Social Committee Chairman. His 2020 Life Membership story saw Bevan and Ray Galt erecting a brick wall at a club working bee. After finishing, they went upstairs to the clubrooms and heard the wall fall. In his defense, Bevan said it was a gale.

In 1991, Bevan joined the race committee and became Chief Timekeeper, using stopwatches until 1997, when timing became computerized and he had to learn computer skills. Bevan organized several Teretonga Park race events as Race Committee Chairman for many years. He stated he would do it for two years, but he stayed for much longer.

Bevan received his Life Membership and thanked his family, especially his wife Liz, who helped him run the timing crew. Bevan’s relationship with Liz in the Timekeeper Room and their children, Alice and Leon, who spent ten years on the circuit’s timing staff, showed his family values. The family helped with club rallies when Bevan was Assistant Clerk of the Course.

Author: Becky Hills