Barry Simpson RIP
Today we received the extremely sad and upsetting news that the Bears long standing Start Marshal Barry Simpson has passed away.
Barry was very well known not only on Teesside, but across the whole of the British Speedway community and was a sponsor, supporter and above all good friend of Redcar Speedway. Barry was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in March 2020 and passed away peacefully in his sleep from the cruel disease on Wednesday 17th February.
Barry had been the club’s Start Marshal since 2006, when speedway first returned to Teesside after a 10 year absence. He had also performed his role at the very highest level, officiating in the Grand Prix series on more than one occasion. Barry was a talented motorcyclist in his own right and had competed on both the shale and grass when he was younger. He had a huge passion for speedway and had sponsored not only the Bears, but many riders over the years through his business Simpson Racing UK. He was the first person to be enrolled onto the ‘Speedway on Teesside Roll of Honour’ in 2020.
Everybody at Redcar Speedway would like to express their deepest condolences to his partner Ali and Barry’s family and friends. He leaves a huge hole in our club and in our hearts, and will be sorely missed. RIP.