Monthly Archives: August 2012

Goodbye to a friend…

One of the great things about this site is that throughout the years many friendships have been made not only at meets and events but also on the site itself between selling parts and helping each other out with tech knowledge etc. The sense of community within the Irish ae86 scene is something I think we can all be proud of and over the last 6 years the club has turned into more of a group of mates then anything else.

So it is with great sadness that I got the news that we have lost one of these mates. Mark (CelicaRA40) was an invaluable member on this site, it wasn’t only the many parts he sold to members all over the country and further afield, but his unrivalled knowledge, passion for old Toyota’s and his willingness to offer advice and guidance that will be missed.

Those who had the privilege to meet him (myself included on several occasions) will remember him as an absolute gentleman who was always smiling and whose enthusiasm for cars always shone through.

It is natural after a death that people speak highly of the person who has passed away but in Mark’s case this is not necessary, people have always spoke highly of him.. honesty is a rare thing in today’s society but Mark was never anything but honest, helpful and genuine with nothing being too much trouble.

Mark himself owned and built some exceptional cars and were always finished to the very best standard. I hope that these will remain as a tribute to his passion and dedication and will serve as a memory to a friend who will not be forgotten.

We will miss you,

Paddy and all at AE86irl