A terrible accident claimed the life of Charlie Gibson on February
3, just after he returned to his workshop from the Rolex 24.
Through his SascoSports
tyre dealership, Charlie made many friends in North American motorsport.
“From small beginnings,
the tyre dealership grew to the point where it provided probably
the biggest Dunlop tyre paddock service operation seen at any race
circuit worldwide,” explains James Bailey – Manager,
Corporate Communications, for Goodyear Dunlop.
Charlie had just completed
providing the full service to Dunlop customers at Daytona, but having
returned to base in Alton, Virginia, and while detaching the tractor
unit from the trailer, the tractor unit rolled over him.
a true enthusiast and was a smiling face that many will miss around
the paddock,” says racer Marc Noordeloos.
Gibson did much more than just supply tyres: he was a gifted racer
himself, starting out in an Austin Healey Sprite in 1959, then moving
up to a Lotus 23 in 1967, a car in which he won the G Modified SCCA
National Championship in 1967. He moved on through Formula Atlantics
to a Can Am McLaren in 1977.
He was educated at Harvard,
and was employed at IBM from 1962 until 1988. For the last 15 years,
he devoted himself to vintage and contemporary racing: the other
branch of SascoSports, run by his partner Dave Handy, was the vintage
and historic race preparation business.
Charlie also ran the
Lime Rock Park Vintage Festival, held on Labor Day weekend, had
served as the President of the US Ski Association, and was on the
Board of Directors and served as a competition instructor with the
Vintage Sports Car Club of America.
A truly talented individual,
one who will be much missed by many.