Stars of rallying joined friends and family at the Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall in Herefordshire to celebrate the life of John Price.
The 12-time Asphalt rally champion died in April 2020, and it’s only now that Covid restrictions have been eased that a gathering to remember the rally legend known as ‘The Boss’, ‘The Guv’nor’, or simply ‘JP’ could take place.
Amongst the attendees were drivers Geoff Kitney, Steven Hendy, Bob Fowden, Dave Appleby, Phil Collins, Peter Lloyd and Frank O’Mahony, while co-drivers included Alan McCann, Aled Davies, Derrick Davies, Mike Bowen, Paul Cook and Nicky Grist.
Three Asphalt Rally Championship co-ordinators attended; the first Nigel Evans and the current co-ordinator Paul Morris (who both co-drove for John) and Andrew Haill.
There were some magnificent stories told of John’s motorsport exploits – in a career which began at a sprint event at Llandow in the 1960s and went for over 900 rallies.
A display of Renault 5 Maxi Turbos and a Metro 6R4 outside the village hall was a magnificent sight – and a reminder of how meticulous John was in preparing his cars and why he earned the title of rallying’s most professional clubman.
After the many wonderful guest speakers, the last word appropriately went to John’s wife Caroline Price, who co-drove him to his last two Asphalt titles in 2004 and ’05.
A big thank you to Caroline, Stephen, Cathi, Kevin and Stephanie for organising the most magnificent fitting tribute to our friend and rally hero JP.