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Club pays tribute to 'Cadwell Kid' Wilkinson

Friday, March 01 2013

Cadwell Park competitor and fan Alan Wilkinson, who was nicknamed 'The Cadwell Kid' because of his success at, and admiration of the circuit, passed away last month after a short illness at the age of 79.

Wilkinson, who was born at the end of 1933, was a founder member of the Gold Star Owners Club, and regularly raced a BSA 350. His competition career started in the late 1950s, after he claimed to have been stopped for speeding on three occasions during the same day. Tasting success at club level, he reserved a particular preference for riding at Cadwell Park, where he also held the lap record at one time.

Cadwell KidHe took a hiatus from racing during the 1960s, concentrating on family life after becoming engaged to bride-to-be Madge. As his three children grew up he returned to the tracks during the following decade and didn't retire until the mid 1990s. He formed the Gold Star racing section in 1984 and in true clubman style would ride to and from the track on his BSA, simply taping up the lights upon his arrival.

Fellow GSOC member John Birchall paid tribute to his friend: "He was a good friend of Chas Wilkinson, the previous owner of Cadwell who often waived Alan's entry fee when times were hard. In later years after Alan had retired from racing he would ride to Cadwell on his Goldie to have his photo taken on the start line on or around his birthday, he didn't make it last December on his Goldie but we managed to get him there in a van. Sadly he rode his last lap about 10 days later."