In memory of ‘Mr Motorsport’
Posted 22 November 2015
An article posted 27 February 2006 courtesy of the Daily Post paying tribute to one of our club founder members,
Mr. Jack Douglas Romain.
THE MAN KNOWN AFFECTIONATELY AS "NORTH WALES' MR MOTORSPORT" has died at the age of 86.
And to mark Jack Romain's contribution to the sport, the funeral procession on Thursday is expected to be headed by rally cars driven by members of Rhyl and District Motor Club.
Mr Romain, of Prestatyn, was a founder member of the present club in 1946 and after 19 years as chairman, was elected president in 1977, a position he held until his death.
Born and brought up in Liverpool, he started work as a trainee manager at the George Henry Lee store. During the war he served in the Middle East, and in 1946 he married his wife Lilian. They then moved to live in Rhyl.
As well as being an official of Rhyl and District Motor Club, he was honorary president of several other North Wales clubs and was a founder member of the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs.
He was probably best known for his work as a member of the organising committee of the RAC rally, and as regional organiser was responsible for up to 300 miles of the event across Wales.
As liaison officer for the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs, he worked closely with police forces and local authorities to reduce hazards and improve public relations. He also organised safe-drive rallies, including special events for disabled drivers.
"He was highly regarded by police and council officials throughout Wales and the borders," said John Leckie, immediate past chairman of the Rhyl club who knew Mr Romain as a family friend for over 30 years.
In 1991 Mr Romain became the first recipient of the British Motor Sports Association's award of merit, and was presented with it by Prince Michael of Kent.
At a special ‘This Is Your Life’ evening held by Rhyl & District Motor Club in 1997, tributes were paid by officials of several clubs and organisations.
The Rhyl members said: "Jack's contribution and commitment to motor sport and RDMC has been outstanding. He is the centre point of our club and we are forever grateful to him and extremely proud of him."
Almost 10 years on from the day that Rhyl & District Motor Club lost a President and wonderful friend. You may be gone Jack, but you will never be forgotten.
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