Jamaica’s racing icon Peter Moodie is being remembered as being dedicated to excellence following his dying after a short sickness on Saturday.
For many years, Moodie served Jamaica’s racing fraternity as maybe it’s greatest ever driver, mechanic par excellence and a mentor who was revered by fellow race drivers and followers alike.
In response to the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Membership (JMMC), Moodie was famend all through Jamaica, the Caribbean, North and South America for his dedication to excellence and meticulous method to motor racing competitors that have been hallmarks all through his racing profession, first as a driver himself, then later as he coached quite a few up and coming younger drivers, together with his youngsters.
“Spanning a number of many years, his racing accolades too quite a few to say, he was at all times the “man to beat” in any competitors he entered, whether or not circuit racing, rallying, sprints, dexterity assessments or karting,” the JMMC stated in an announcement.
“His stern however at all times honest and by-the-rules method offered an excellent instance to his fellow rivals to at all times be at their greatest when competing in opposition to him.”
The feelings have been shared by the Jamaica Race Driver’s Membership JRDC), who stated in an announcement Saturday: “Mr Moodie’s contribution to the JRDC and to motorsports general in Jamaica was super and impacted many in essentially the most optimistic means doable. His loss will probably be felt by all who knew him effectively and he will certainly not be forgotten.”
In the meantime, Jamaica’s Minister of Sport Olivia Grange stated Moodie has earned himself a spot within the high drawer of motorsports in Jamaica.
“I’m deeply saddened to study of the dying of former race automotive champion driver and mechanic, Peter Moodie Snr,” Minister Grange stated.
“His excellent abilities as a race automotive driver have been matched solely by his phenomenal data of the workings of motor autos. Actually, he was one of many pioneers and for the final 4 many years, the main determine in circuit and go-cart racing.
“As well as, Peter was a top-notch teacher, making certain that the data was handed on to the succeeding drivers within the sport. With the passing of Peter Moodie, Snr, Jamaica has misplaced one who was completely devoted to the event of his sport and his nation.”
These closest to him within the business shared a few of their reminiscences on social media, together with veteran driver Peter Rae.
“I keep in mind racing karts at Hill Run within the early ’80s and alongside a stretch in entrance of the pits I by some means flipped kart landed on me and I used to be a bit dazed and I clearly keep in mind Mr Moodie shouting at me get the (expletive) out the way in which as Pinky was quick approaching,” Rae recalled on Fb.
“Additionally keep in mind my very first race at Dover was an incredible feat beating Pete Snr, Mark Moodie & Pinky in Watdat….fond reminiscences. Peter Moodie Snr a real stalwart, a fierce competitor, engine/chassis builder and coach. You may have made an indelible mark on the game of motor racing. Race on my buddy.”