Nick Howard

It is with deep regret that we must report the sad passing of our long time Gurston colleague and friend Nick Howard.

Nick will be remembered having started his Gurston life as part of our renowned team of Marshals out on the hill, in later years forming a formidable partnership alongside Grahame running a smooth operation in the Bottom Paddock, both on event weekends, and also when supporting our School Days. Always a friendly welcome to be had.

In later years Nick assumed the role of BARC SW Steward, and kept a close eye on event proceedings, and over the past 2 seasons could be found supporting and encouraging our Gurston Chairman, and his dear wife, Sarah Howard in her 3 wheeled pursuits.

The BARC SW Committee were indebted to Nick for his commitment and efforts in maintaining our wonderful venue, and being at the centre of set up and set down proceeding all year round. Nick’s presence and dedication was always welcomed wherever he volunteered his time, including Thruxton, Wiscombe and Manor Farm to name just a few.

Nick’s funeral will be held on Monday 8th March at Bournemouth Crematorium at 9:30. Spaces will be very limited due to Covid restrictions and Sarah has asked that any enquires regarding this be privately messaged to her.

Statement from BARC SW following UK Government’s Roadmap Out of Lockdown

Following the UK Government’s Roadmap Out of Lockdown and Motorsport UK’s Restart statement we have been forced to cancel a number of events.

Motorsport UK have withdrawn all event licences until 29th March 2021 so we have been forced to cancel the following events: Test Day – 7th March 2021; Saturday 27th March and Sunday 28th March 2021.

Additionally we have cancelled the April Drivers School and May is looking doubtful due to the restrictions imposed by the UK Government’s Roadmap Out of Lockdown.

BARC SW Centre’s committee is currently waiting for the additional advice and guidance promised by the MSUK in their recent statement. Once we have received that and our Covid-19 Team has been able to assess the information and advised the committee of it’s recommendations, we will make further statements regarding events beyond March 2021.