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Family pay tribute to Burnley-born dad and stock-car racing champion
A POPULAR stockcar racing grandfather has lost his fight for life — after decades of winning on the track.
Jack Lord, 79, was preparing his car for the new stockcar season when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer.
His son, Glenn said: “He did not smoke or drink, he had a black belt in karate and exercised every day, so when he was diagnosed it came out the blue.
“The cancer spread to his kidneys and he was given three months to live. He died almost to the day.”
Born in Burnley, Mr Lord was obsessed with cars and bikes and even enlisted in the armed forces to the join the Royal Engineers. He served in Egypt in the early 1950s.
Glenn said: “He wanted to join the Royal Engineers because that’s where the motors were. He even raced for their team.”
When Mr Lord returned to civilian life in the late 50s, the stockcar scene was just taking off, Glenn said.
“He went along as he was a mechanic. He thought ‘I could do that’. He had a crack at building one himself and it went on from there.”
In August 1960, Mr Lord took to the track at Belle Vue, Manchester, driving a Ford Pilot V8 and won numerous events.
His enthusiasm rubbed on Glenn and his younger brother, Jason, who have both since raced and won championships. He raced at the famous Seedhill Stadium in Nelson throughout the 70s and, in his later days, at Warton’s ‘Outlaw’ track.
Glenn now edits a stockcar magazine based in Great Harwood, where the family moved in the early 60s.
He paid tribute to his dad, who continued to ride his motorbike and drive his sportscar until shortly before his death on Saturday, August 3.
He said: “He was a top dad. He was such a fit chap.
“He was in hospital for two or three days before the end but he wanted to come home. He passed away at home with his family around him.
“My mum and my wife, Dawn, never moved from his bedroom for the last few days and they ushered him out, if you like. I’m so very grateful to them.”
The funeral service for Mr Lord will be held at 11am tomorrow at Accrington Crematorium. Well-wishers have been invited to pay their respects. Donations can be made to Macmillan Cancer Support.
He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years Mavis, sons Glenn and Jason, daughter Karen and grandchildren Louise, Jack Jnr and Sarah.
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