Vale Grahame Ward
Well known motor sport identity Grahame Ward has died, aged 76, on the Gold Coast after a long illness.
A familiar figure in the paddock, particularly at Formula 1 races, Ward was a passionate car and motor racing buff.
He spent more than five decades in motorsport both domestically and overseas.
Ward had garnered a close working relationship with the late and celebrated journalist Mike Kable and was a trusted friend of the late Sir Jack Brabham.
Ward frequently chauffeured Brabham to race meetings and functions around Australia during the latter part of Sir Jack’s life.
A member of many car clubs, Ward was best known for his love of the Lancia marque, of which he had a collection of several models.
Ward competed actively in the 1960s and 1970s at both circuit meetings and in rallies.
He had been in the middle of putting together some of his fondest memories of Bathurst (he first attended a race at the mountain in 1957) for another project when his health declined.
His service to motor sport was recognised by CAMS with his receipt of its Service Award for his contribution to the sport, especially as a member of the CAMS Queensland State Council.
Ward always carried himself in a dignified manner and was a passionate supporter of motor sport in Australia.
The funeral service will be held at Robina Presbyterian Church, corner of Cottesloe Drive and University Drive, Robina, at 11.00am on Monday, August 8.
Speedcafe.com offers its condolences to Grahame’s family and friends.