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6ClassicTouringCarRacingClubJanRodneyPearce10August194411February2015JanPearcewhopassedawayonthemorningofFebruary11wasoneoftheClassicSaloonCarClubsearliestmembers.HecompetedsuccessfullyintheveryrsteverClassicSaloonraceatSilverstoneinhisself-preparedMGMagnetteandwentontosupporttheclubateverycircuithomeandabroad.HesuccessfullynishedeveryeventheenteredwontheBestPreparedCarAwardwithhisimmaculateMagnetteandtookontheroleofPresidentguidingtheclubthroughsomechallengingtimesfrom19871990.JanwasborninGillinghamKentbuthisfatherwaspostedtoPoonainIndiaandsohisformativeyearswerespentlivinginthelastdaysoftheRajintheworldslargestdemocracy.BackinEnglandheexpectedtofollowhisfatherintotheRoyalNavyandheactuallywonascholarshiptotheRoyalNavalCollegeatDartmouthbuthisfatheradvisedhimtondoutwhathereallywantedtodoinlifeandthentodoitasahobbybutnotforaliving.AfteraweekatDartmouthJangaveuptheNavyandstudiedengineeringfortwoyearsbeforenallygoingtoworkforLloydsBankinLondon.Howeverheneverlosthislovefortheseaandhebecameanaccomplishedyachtsmanownedhisownboatsandevenpersuadedhislovelygirlstocrew.JantookupHistoricRallyingwithhisMagnetteandsubsequentlywithSamboaRoverP6andaSAAB.HecontinuedtoworkonanduseasuccessionofTRsandtookhisex-worksTR2PKV374backtoLeManstocelebratesits50thanniversaryandcompeteintheLeMansLegendsraceheldpriortotheactual24hourevent.JangraciouslylethiscarbedrivenatoutbytheformerTriumphex-worksdriverTonyDronandGinettaCupracerNickMarsh.From1982onwardshecompetedinseveralhighproleinternationalralliesincludingtheLombardGolden50theCoronationRallytheTargaRusticanathesixthMonteCarloChallengetherstRallyoftheTestsatBlackpoolLeJogonwhichheandJohnHefferwontheteamprizeandinsixClassicMarathons.HealsotookpartintheKopHillClimbandhisamazingrecordallowedhimtosaythathehadsuccessfullynishedeveryeventhehadeverentered.AtonetimeJanownedTHIRTEENdifferenttypesofclassiccarsandmotorbikes.Goodnessknowshowhecrammedthemallintoatwocargarage.Janhadaverywell-tunedsenseofhumourandcouldbereliedontolightenanyoccasion.HewasalsoacreatureofhabitafullEnglishbreakfasteverymorningnevermissedthe9.45amDailyServiceandrarelymissedhiseveningpintat9pm.Thisritualdidntstopevenwhenhewasdiagnosedwithaperforatedthroatandcouldnoteatordrinkproperly.HestillwenttothepubeacheveningbutjustpouredhispintofbeerthroughafunneldownhisnasogastrictubeAshisdaughtersaidWealwaystriedtofollowinDadsfootstepsbuttheyalwaysledtothepubEventheseverewinterof2013couldnotdefeathimJanwasmarriedtohissupportivewifeJennyfor50gloriousandhappyyears.AthisfuneralpackedtooverowingwithfriendsfromalloverEuropewewereremindedhowoftenpeoplewouldturntoJanforhelpandneverbeletdown.JanwasatrueGentleman.Therecanbenonerepitaphthanthat.Tribute