Vale: Fred Vogel

Artwork by Brian Caldersmith

We are sad to share the news of the passing of Fred Vogel, a founding member of the HSRCA and an icon in our motorsport community. Please read on for a farewell, thanks to Brian Caldersmith.

Will Hagon speaking at the Wake

Will Hagon speaking at Fred’s Wake

Vale: Fred Vogel

Sadly we have lost another of the stalwart characters of our sport. Fred Vogel passed away on 2nd June, just two days short of his 88th birthday.

There are private funeral arrangements and there will be a gathering announced to commemorate Fred and his part in our lives.

Having survived both Nazi Labour Camps in Czechoslovakia and then the Communist invasion, Fred went on to do more things than many of us have read about. Working in a myriad of occupations, he was in raw skins and hides, feathers, professional ice hockey, men’s wear at David Jones, storeman, and tanker driver at CSR amongst lots of others.

Fred Vogel

Many will remember his coffee shop in North Sydney (which was a focal point for the North Shore Sporting Car Club), the Newport Pub and his many book shops. And if you have a motoring book, chances are that it came from one of his shops – or a shop to which Fred supplied wholesale.

His first car was a MG J2 when he was living in London which led on to many, many more. In Australia he started with a Morris Minor convertible then a Mk 4 Jaguar. As an active member of the Vintage Sports Car Club, North Shore Sporting Car Club, Australian Automobile Racing Club, Club Lotus Australia, Australian Racing Drivers Club and a founder of the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association (member #4), Fred’s exploits in his Formula Vee, beloved Silverstone Healey, the Lotus Eleven and 23 are well known.

His passing leaves a gap that is unfillable.

Brian Caldersmith

2 thoughts on “Vale: Fred Vogel”

  1. Terry McGrath and I remember Fred with great fondness and gratitude.
    When we self published our first Jaguar XK book way back in 1985, Fred immediately said he would buy 250 copies and held a launch event for it at the bookshop in Clarence Street, attended by such as Frank Gardner, John Goss, Andrew Whyte from Jaguar (Bathurst had just been won) and Ian Cummins.
    His support meant we were able to pay the printer!
    Of course, we know a little about how much he did for the sport in so many ways and how much he will be missed. Simply a good man.

  2. I met Fred when I started racing my Nota Vee circa 1967. Later, I often visited his several bookshops and chatted with him. A lovely man. I regretted not being able to attend his memorial gathering.

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