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Ian Addlesee RIP

Postby jmtechnical » Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:46 pm

To the members of the Monoposto Racing Club.

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of myfather, Ian Addlesee, who died after a short illness on February 25th 2009 aged 67. He leaves behind his forever loving wife Jennifer, sons Kevin and Darren,and 5 of his biggest fans, the grandsons Ben, Mat, Joe, Thomas and Daniel.
Ian raced with the 750MC from 1973 to 1986. His first racing experience wasin the F1300 class. He raced in this class for many years, competing withboth self built cars and his cherished Gryphon C73 with which he hung ontofor over 10 years! In 1987 he moved on to race a Van Diemen RF81 singleseater initially in Formula Ford and then in the Monoposto KentChampionship. Later on he changed cars to a very pretty RF87 Van Diemen, butalways in the Monoposto Kent series right upto 2002. He enjoyed the clubimmensely and we have many fond memories of his time racing with the club. He was always competative and well respected as a driver and engineer. He was a quiet man, keeping himself to himself, but always a charasmatic sole in the paddock. Always passionate about his racing, he loved to be around thepaddock and was completely animated when involved, but never did this detract from his devotion to his family.
He will be truely missed.
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Re: Ian Addlesee RIP

Postby RedRedWine » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:37 pm

This is a real shock.

I raced against Ian in my early days and always found him friendly, competitive but clean and fair. He was very welcoming to a newcomer and when he went to do track days we missed his presence.

My condolences to his family.

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Re: Ian Addlesee RIP

Postby Dave » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:00 am

Very sad news.
Ian was a gentleman.
If I remember correctly Ian sold his red Van Diemen to someone who never used it and it was bought off E-bay by Jonathan Baggott who raced it several times. I believe Ian had volunteered his services to set the car up correctly.

Condolences to Ian's family.
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Re: Ian Addlesee RIP

Postby phuston » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:35 am

Very distressing news.

Ian was an experienced, fast, Mono1600 driver when I started racing. He was always approachable and helpful. When we were racing together his driving was clean, fast and fair. After Ian sold his immaculate RF87, when we met, we discussed Monoposto and his ambitions with regard to trackdays.

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Re: Ian Addlesee RIP

Postby GP » Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:25 pm

Ian was good fun polite and a true club racer.we had some good safe fast scraps ON TRACK. Once at snetterton after chasing and squeezing by Ian after most of the race .Ian in parc ferme put his arm around me and said Mr Pashley...you dont give up do you THAT WAS WORTH COMING FOR..THATS MOTOR RACING. incidently in that race Ian owned the widest RF 81 ever. may on behalf of my brother Keith and myself offer our kind thaughts of Ian to all the Addlesee family at this sad time. Kind regards to you all. Geoff Pashley

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Re: Ian Addlesee RIP

Postby AVIT! » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:25 pm

Extreamly sad news!
On behalf of myself , My father Jock and all at team AVIT!
I wish to say how sorry we are to hear this news. Ian is one of those names that is often spoken in the paddock and im sure always will!
Love to his family and all close to him in this very sad time!

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Re: Ian Addlesee RIP

Postby jonathanbaggott » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:04 pm

Very sad news. Having bought Ian's RF87 (via a tortuous route involving e-bay) I rang him on several occasions with questions about the car. He was always most helpful and encouraging.
Ian came to the 50th Mono anniversary at Rockingham last year (with one of his grandsons)and I finally had the pleasure of meeting him and discussing the car + club racing in general; you couldn't doubt his enthusiasm and knowledge.
I am planning on campaigning the red RF87 this year and if I can get it to run smoothly I want to race it at Snetterton.
It still carries Ian's name on its sides and I think I will leave his name intact, in the hope that I may inherit some of his enthusiasm and speed.

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Re: Ian Addlesee RIP

Postby Hasbeen » Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:49 pm

Having been off line for a couple of days I have only just found out about Ian's death.
I knew Ian for the whole of his Monoposto career and he absolutely typified all that Monoposto stood for. A real enthusiast, having fun in his car and enjoying the fellowship and company of like minded individuals. He added to the ambience and camaradarie of the paddock and was a committed and fair racer. I last saw Ian at Rockingham and it was good to share a few memories with him. He had clearly been ill but the old cheeky smile and sparkle in the eyes was there. The same old Ian.
How sad to hear of his death. My heartfelt sympathy to his familly on the loss of a great chap.
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Re: Ian Addlesee RIP

Postby digga » Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:19 pm

Many thanks to you all for the kind comments you've posted. My family and I are truly grateful to have heard a little of you thoughts and experiences with Ian. We will continue to follow the Mono website and hope to catch up with Jonathan's RF87 in the future. (Thanks for the comment about the name on the side, it is a touching gesture.)

Safe racing,
Darren Addlesee

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