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GLENN ROWDEN – A TRIBUTE BY TERRY STIDWORTHY
January 23, 2020  

Supplied by Motorsport SA Administrator from Motorsport SA
Glenn Rowden started his motorsport career in the Free State at the tender age of 10 when he joined the Sports Car Club as a junior member in 1960.



In 1965 at the age of 15 he started navigating for his father in the family Saab.


As soon as he was able he purchased his own Saab which he rallied and raced for many years. He has further competed in numerous other vehicles in saloon car racing, a highlight -  winning the Welkom 2 hour Endurance Race with Steve Wicks in a Datsun and also competing in Formula Vee racing.


Although he has rallied and raced he is better known for his organisational abilities and over 50 odd years he held many official positions both for MSA and the Sports Car Club as:

  • Chairman of the Single Seater Commission
  • Chairman of the Northern Regions Committee
  • President and Court member of MSA Courts of Appeal
  • Chairman of the Johannesburg Branch of the Sports Car Club and
  • President of the Sports Car Club of South Africa

He  organised numerous Circuit Racing events at National, Regional and Club level and served,  over many years as a Race Director,  Clerk of Course, MSA Steward and Club Steward, wherever his services were  required, even as a Clerk of Course for the Red Bull Soap Box Derby.


His name was synonymous with racing at the Lichtenburg track where in the hay day of the circuit, together with his mom, Yvonne, organised and ran many events there.


Due to his vast knowledge and experience of all facets of motor racing he was more than willing to impart his knowledge to, and mentor many aspiring officials.


For his contribution to motorsport in South Africa, MSA awarded Glenn the MSA Special Award in 2004 followed by MSA Administration Colours


With his dedication to motorsport over so many years as a competitor and official Glenn Rowden was awarded MSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.


All these achievements were only surpassed by his marriage to his soul mate, Helen, in 2009.


His humility, truthfulness and unselfishness made Glenn a truly honourable man and a respected member of the motor sport community.


Rest in peace Glenn. We will miss you.

 


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