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We learned today of the loss of Mal Brewster in a tragic motor accident near Cowra on Wednesday, April 21st 2021 (in which two others died.) These heartfelt words on Mal’s immense contribution to the HSRCA, to our members and to the historic racing community come thanks to Noel Bryen.
Vale: Mal Brewster
Words thanks to Noel Bryen
Mal Brewster was a wonderful asset to the club and donated many, many hours of his time to assist members and competitors in improving their driving experience.
His motivation came from his racing days when he was at Amaroo Park in the ’70s and a novice driver moved over on him unexpectedly, causing a major accident which left Mal with a fractured back and a crook leg and ankle resulting in a permanent limp. His aim was to educate new drivers as much as possible before they were thrown into the deep end of the race track.
He instigated the track walks at our meetings during the 1990s and they became a part of our routine when running a meeting. On the smaller tracks, such as Wakefield Park, Oran Park and Amaroo, he used to walk the circuit with the new starters and show them the lines through each corner and the various nuances of the racing surface. On the larger circuits such as Eastern Creek, we provided him with a mini bus so that time wasn’t wasted walking the straight bits.
Mal was experienced in all sorts of categories, from Minis and Formula Juniors to Formula 3 and Clubman cars. He offered his services around the pits if competitors needed a hand in setting up their car or advice on how to negotiate a particular corner. I can remember him standing at various corners around Eastern Creek observing cars (mine included) and then offering advice on how to improve their lap time.
I know from experience how valuable Mal’s experience was, because I still use the technique he taught me in setting the tyre pressures on the Rennmax for each meeting. He also provided me with advice on suspension and alignment settings that I still use. In fact, Mal cut his teeth working for Bobby Britton at Rennmax and was one of his chassis builders. (Is that a polite term for ‘welder’?)
Mal was an integral part of every race meeting I put together for the HSRCA over my 17 year tenure in the Secretary’s chair and I remember many meetings where he went home with a bottle of scotch or two in his bag from very thankful competitors who improved their driving experience over the course of the weekend because of his advice. Mal was always grateful for the gifts, but took his pleasure from the fact that he was making each competitor a better and safer driver at each meeting.
A true gentleman and we will miss him greatly.
Our sympathies are extended to his wife Gaye and his family.