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Family tributes to stock car racer

PUBLISHED: 00:55 03 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:54 02 March 2010

AS the Suffolk stock car community mourns, the wife and daughter of crash victim Steve Spink have today spoken of their family's grief.

Mr Spink died after a car crash at Yarmouth Stadium on Sunday, shocking the racing world in which he was a well-known name.

AS the Suffolk stock car community mourns, the wife and daughter of crash victim Steve Spink have today spoken of their family's grief.

Mr Spink died after a car crash at Yarmouth Stadium on Sunday, shocking the racing world in which he was a well-known name.

In an interview with The Evening Star, his wife Mo and daughter Linsey have revealed how they watched the tragic scenes from the spectators stand - and told how they will miss the "kind and funny" man who they loved to see race.

Mrs Spink, his wife of 23 years, said: "I remember kissing him before he went off to race. I just said a casual see you later but I always gave him a kiss.

"I went to almost every one of his races and the family all loved going to watch him.

"He grew up with it and there is some consolation to be taken from the fact he was doing something he loved.

"He'd been winning a lot of races in his new car for the season and was happy as he was doing so well.

"There are trophies all over our house and they are all little reminders of him while the house feels so empty."

Mrs Spink, 46, Linsey and Linsey's boyfriend Johnny Rudland - who lives at the family's home at Kemball Street, Ipswich - were among the 1,500 spectators who witnessed the accident.

Mr Spink, 46, died later from his injuries at the James Paget Hospital, Gorleston.

He had been leading the V8 stock car second heat when he lost control of his car and hit a safety fence.

Linsey, 22, said: "We are a close family and loved him very much.

"He was kind and would do anything for anyone. He was funny, always cracking jokes and was a bit of a wind up merchant."

Mr Spink's parents Marina and Donald Spink live in his hometown of Woodbridge. His brother, David, lives in Melton.

Mr Spink, who ran his own plumbing business Pipetech Plumbing, had been racing stock cars for 15 years, following in the footsteps of his father. He had never been seriously hurt in a crash before.

Norfolk police have launched an investigation with Great Yarmouth Borough Council into the cause of the crash.

The family has not yet made funeral arrangements.

Would you like to pay tribute to Steve Spink? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk


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