Mendip Circuit memorial to Tony Coles

RC News

Often known as “Mr Mendip” Tony Coles died earlier this year aged 80. Many who attended his funeral had been model car racers and friends of Tony through the forty year history of the Mendip model motor racing circuit.


A place dear to Tony’s heart as one of the founder members of the club and circuit back in the 1970’s he was very instrumental in the actual construction of the original circuit and its subsequent revisions. One corner on the circuit which Tony was especially proud of creating, but perhaps was a little over enthusiastic with the mechanical digger is the famous (or infamous?) “Diggers Dip”.

Tony a Somerset man and model car racer through and through became a regular sight at Mendip club and national meetings looking after the circuit. He could often be found on duty in the canteen especially during the early years of the circuit with his late wife Judy and later with his long-time partner Marilyn Boxall helping with the catering. In fact there wasn’t a job that he hadn’t helped with around the site over the years.

Those who attended his funeral felt it would be nice to have a small memorial at the track, after discussion it was decided that a plaque bearing his name would be fixed to the winner’s podium. Both Rob Mckenna and an ex-chairman of the club Ron Major arranged for the memorial unveiling to take place during the weekend of the Mendip round of the BRCA 1/8 circuit national championship on April 24th.

Members past and present gathered at 2pm Sunday during a break in the days racing to pay their respects as Marilyn waved the chequered flag to reveal the plaque. Old members then socialised and chatted over times past and present with current racers during the lunch break before recommencing with the racing schedule.

Thank you to all who kindly contributed towards the memorial plaque a total of £341 has been raised taking the cost of the plaque out leaving a surplus of £174 which is being donated to the   'Bath Cancer Fund' in Tony Coles’ name.

Rob Mckenna