Sad news from NSW that Ray has passed away suddenly last week. Ray has been a past president of the Historic Touring Car Association of NSW and was the current president of the newly formed Historic Group N Association. Ray was a strong competitor in his Black Group Nb EH Holden and competed in Queensland at HRCC race events. His ability to engage with people in the promotion of Historic Touring Car Racing for positive outcomes will be sadly missed. HRCC extends condolences to all of Ray’s family and friends. Fellow competitor and friend has this to say about Ray -It is with disbelief that I inform you of his sudden passing of Ray Dean. Ray phased into the group N motorsport scene in late 2010 having previously being involved in Targa Tasmania events in a number of different vehicles including Nissan Skyline. I remember meeting Ray back then at a Historic Touring Car Association general meeting at the Denistone Bowling Club. From my recollection we conversed on his intention to race an EH Holden in group N shortly after this encounter I realised that he possessed something special, his personality was infectious and we would become great friends over the next few years. He had the utmost respect towards other people and would always go out of his way to help wherever he could be of assistance.Ray was a very active member of the Historic Touring Car Association serving on the committee for a number of years and eventually, treasurer and finally as President. He was instrumental in securing and maintaining a substantial sponsorship deal for the club. He had the incredible ability to liaise with representatives in the corporate arena to achieve successful outcomes to assist the members. Ray would look outside the square to seek ways to raise the profile of the club in marketing, signage, and sponsor presentation.The members were Rays family, he treated everybody equally and ensured that the partners of the members were also catered for in a way that made them feel special, the presentation nights were always a classy dignified occasions, the décor was always first class and the ladies were treated like royalty. His organisational skills ensured that every event ran smoothly without incident.All his dedicated friends realise that Ray will be irreplaceable, but appreciate the short period that we had come to know him and share special times with him, that ever present smile and a twinkling of an eye that was part of his nature. On behalf of his many, many friends, good-bye my dear friend rest in peace and I will be forever looking for that black EH Holden in my rear view mirror.Our deepest thoughts are with his fiancé and family at this difficult time. All those who had been fortunate enough to know him will sadly miss his celebrity like presence. With a heavy heartSteve Pitman
VALE: Ray Dean
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