Motorsport Australia is saddened to learn of the recent passing of long time official, Allen See.
A well-respected race control communicator from New South Wales, Allen was known for his positive attitude towards life and motorsport.
Born in 1938, Allen was always a passionate fan of the sport but didn’t get involved until the 1980s when he signed up as an official.
Mainly volunteering at Sydney Motorsport Park, Mount Panorama and Oran Park Raceway, Allen began his life as an official on flag points where he excelled at his job. It wasn’t long before others took notice of him due to his charismatic nature.
Working trackside for around a decade, Allen was then invited to join race control as a radio communicator where he was positioned for rest of his motorsport life.
While Allen did a number of state rounds at Eastern Creek, he was mainly known for his time with the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix in both Adelaide and Melbourne.
Having worked with Allen in race control for the past 15 years, Sydney Motorsport Park and Mount Panorama’s Clerk of Course Michael Hancock paid tribute to his dear friend who lost a two-year battle with cancer.
“Allen was a big stirrer and great at lightening the mood at race meetings. He was a very caring person and always put other people above himself ” Hancock said.
“He used to help the officials whenever he could and was always positive with them, trying to cheer them up when they were down and always making sure they were safe and sound.
“He was serious and organised when he had to be but always knew how to stir the pot when there was downtime. He just loved to joke around and have a bit of fun with everyone.
“He never aspired to be Clerk of Course and only wanted to do what he loved, which was a race communicator and quite simply, he was very good at it.
“Right until the very end, he was someone who was not afraid to help and get involved. He had been fighting cancer for the past two years but he still wanted to come out to the tracks and help out in any capacity.”
Allen is survived by his wife Ivy and three children Bradley, Natalie and Melisha, as well as his six grandchildren, Benjamin, Alexis, Jeremy, Lachlan, Callan and Cooper.