It is with great sadness that we report that Harold Bowman, the Wirral Hundred’s President, passed away on 7th April, aged 92 years.
Harold had been a very major player in the Club’s activities for approximately 70 years. Initially he was a regular competitor, firstly a fine motor-cycle racer on a competitive BSA Gold Star primarily at Rhydymwyn and in the early meetings at Oulton Park; he also took to car sprinting and pursuit races and his recent proud boast was that he still remained the Rhydymwyn saloon-car lap-record holder in his Sunbeam Rapier. His last competition appearances with the Club were in trials.
Administratively, the contributions by Harold and his wife Brenda lasted more than 60 years and went, of course, way beyond the call of duty. Between them, over the years, they were Chairman, Secretary, Social Secretary, Race Secretary, Road Race Clerk of the Course (and Deputy Clerk of the Course at the Transatlantic Trophy meetings at Oulton Park); they hardly missed a single road race meeting at Anglesey, Oulton Park, New Brighton Promenade, Rhydymwyn or Kinmel Park - or Club sand race, grass track, ‘scramble’, enduro, or trial during that period - many hundreds of events in total. And they also compiled and printed the W100 programmes for those events for many years.
In addition Harold was also a former Chaiman of the Cheshire & North Wales Centre of the ACU, and a licenced ACU Road Race Steward and Clerk of the Course.
Harold’s contribution to motorcycle sport in the North West of England and North Wales was immense, and his dedication, wise counsel and sense of humour will be sorely missed by all those who came into contact with him.
The Club, the Centre and the ACU sends its condolences to the Bowman family.