It is with much sadness that I have to report that Charlie Dobson, one of the founder members of IHRO and long time classic supporter died on Wednesday 12th March after a brief fight against a particularly aggressive form of cancer.
Charlie was a globe trotter, a part of the Continental Circus in the 70′s he embraced classic racing when it started and attended virtually every IHRO race despite having to travel massive distances due to living in Sweden with his Danish wife Lotte and their children.
Charlie was a character from a period when GP racing had true characters and also a hard man, at one IHRO race at Pau in the Pyrenees, he was working under his hard used Mercedes 508 when it slipped off the blocks and broke his wrist, after medical attention, he drove back to Sweden with Lotte changing gear for him as he drove.
Charlie’s love of vehicles was wide ranging, as well as a collection of motorcycles of all ages and styles, he collected old east European vehicles, his frequent trips to Schleiz were a valuable source of these, he also indulged in vintage Bentleys and in recent years had taken part in many rallies around the world.
He will be sadly missed by those who knew him. Our best wishes go to his family.