Chequered flag: The last lap at Brands Hatch

Pete Mait

Michael Owen (no, not the England football player) was a die-hard motorsports fan who lived in a house that backed onto the Brands Hatch racetrack. He loved the roar of the engines and the sweet aroma of exhaust fumes and burnt rubber. For almost half a century since childhood days, Michael took full advantage of his privilege as a neighbour of the circuit to free admission on race days. When he succumbed to kidney disease in February, his daughter arranged for the funeral cortege to perform one final lap of the track, thus fulfilling her father's dying wish.