Obituary – John T. Thompson

Thirsk and District Motor Club lost one of its original founder members this last week when John T. Thompson of Sutton under Whitestone Cliff, near Thirsk passed peacefully away at home, on May 2nd, aged 88 years old. 

John Thompson helped form Thirsk D.M.C. in the late forties just after the end of the Second World War and, over the next thirty years was instrumental in promoting the club to be one of the most illustrious off-road motor cycle clubs in the country.

Lake Gormire, below Sutton Bank, Boltby and Long Plain Farm at Hambleton were three of their famous circuits, Long Plain is still in use today.

John, a keen competitor himself through the golden era of the fifties, competed alongside those great local riders of that time, who were all capable of giving the best riders in the world a run for their money, Dickie Preston, the Tate brothers, Everard Bentley, the Swales brothers and Bob Hunter who was also another founder member.

A typical outdoor and active man John also helped in the birth of Thirlby Clay Shooting Club.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and our sympathies at this time are with his close family.

Dave Almack 

Chairman of Thirsk D.M.C.

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