TRIBUTES have poured in for Classic Motorcycle Racing Club title holder Nigel Hall-Smith, who succumbed to cancer early Monday morning.
Nigel had been a member of the CRMC for 30 years, where he racked up countless awards and trophies – all on the same bike. He was tragically diagnosed with oesophageal cancer earlier this year that doctors declared incurable, but fought it nonetheless.
The Fluff Racing and Engineering Services rider chalked up nine podiums including five wins this year on the way to the 1300cc Twins title, despite not racing since Round Five at Croft in July.
CRMC Chairman Mark George shared his condolences yesterday in a statement issued by the club.
“Having just announced the CRMC Championship results on the website last week, I was pleased to be able to phone and tell Nigel that he had won the Classic 1300 Clubman Twins Championship,” he said. “He was so pleased.”
“With some great work behind the scenes, our trophy supplier was able to get the trophy engraved and delivered to me within 24 hours. I arranged with Nigel and Andye to present it to him in Lister Hospital, Stevenage last Thursday. Although he was obviously in some pain and discomfort, he was nevertheless very pleased and proud to receive it.
“I and many other CRMC members have enjoyed many good races against Nigel over the years and he never gave up, whether on track or off. We pass on our most sincere condolences to our friend Nigel, who will be much missed in the CRMC paddock.”
Tributes have also been pouring in from other riders, members and fans of the club.
“I first met Nigel over thirty years ago and will miss him a great deal,” Nick Robinson said. “The paddock, and indeed the world, will be poorer place for his passing. A thoroughly nice bloke and a great engineer. Our thoughts are with Andye, Nick and Shelli.”
UK Clubsport wishes to extend its condolences to Nigel’s family and friends.
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