Motorsport legend Atta Victor saluted

2016-12-14 06:01
Atta Victor on the Victory raceway.

Atta Victor on the Victory raceway.

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MOTORSPORT legend Atta Victor was saluted in a special way with a funeral service at the Victory Raceway last Friday.

Victor died at the age of 69 of a heart attack recently.

His name was “virtually synonymous with stock cars” in Port Elizabeth for decades.

“Stock cars were his life, and everyone on the track knew Atta,” said Johan van Eck, who knew through their years of participation in motorsport.

“We have known each for many years. Atta was always the man with the most beautiful cars, because he visualised something in his head and knew how to build it and make it beautiful. That’s how I will remember him.”

Victor retired from racing in the 1980s after he established himself as a national and provincial champion.

He then founded Custom City, where he used his talent to build hearses and limousines.

“Atta was the heart of the place. We will all remember how dedicated he was,” said Van Eck.

His daughter, Vicky Gillmer, also testified to his hard work.

“The day before his death, my father worked on a hearse project,” she said. “He was at his happiest when he could watch drivers race around the track that he had prepared.

“We, as his children, will miss the tight hugs, the jokes and old stories he told - but we abide by knowing that he is with Jesus and we will see him again.”

  • Victory Raceway would like to honour Atta Victor’s legacy in hosting a memorial race in remembrance of the motorsport legend. The Atta Victor Memorial Race will take place on December 26 and 27 at Victory Raceway, Victoria Drive, in Walmer. Gates open at 3pm and racing starts 6pm. Drivers from Bloemfontein will join.

Entry is R60 for adults and R10 for children u/13. Track parking is available at R20 per vehicle. Classes competing: Development, 1660’s, 2.1 Modifieds, Super Sixes and American Saloons. For more info contact Vicky 0419910309

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