Denis Welch 1944 – 2014
Living Legend Denis Welch , the owner of denis Welch Motorsport from Dilhorne, Staffordshire, died yesterday, when he lost control of a 1960 Lotus 18 during a race for pre-1966 Grand Prix cars at Silverstone in Northamptonshire.
A statement issued by the organisers on the Silverstone Classic website read: “It is with great regret that the organisers of the Silverstone Classic have to report that, following an accident in a race for HGPCA pre-66 Grand Prix Cars today, Sunday 27th July, the driver of car number 19, Denis Welch, succumbed to his injuries later in the circuit’s medical centre. Police and the Motor Sports Association, the UK official motorsport governing body, are conducting a full investigation into his death.
Dennis Welch’s son, Jeremy, said: ‘My mum is devastated because her whole life she was his partner and they were already married for 45 years. Both were so passionate about classic car racing and her her whole world has now been turned upside down. The one consoling fact was that it was very swift and he died doing what he loved.” The family was pleased the Silverstone Classic race meeting restarted right after the tragedy, because that was what he would have wanted,”
Essex-born Denis Welch began in business by buying a petrol station, but took time out to start a family. Welch was well known on the classic racing circuit both as a driver and through his car parts business empire, based at Yoxall, near Lichfield. He started racing in 1965 and although he took it seriously, never really had ambitions to race professionally. When he restarted the business in the early 1980’s, he grew the Denis Welch Motorsport business from there and it now employs 28 people. He was best known for his exploits with Austin Healy cars and built a business, specialising in parts for those cars, which was well known around the globe. Welch retired eight years ago, but continued to pursue his passion for driving race cars.
Historic Racing News offers its sincere condolences to family and all his friends, both inside and outside the paddock.
> Denis Welch Motorsport [official website]