Motorsport Australia is saddened to hear of the passing of long-time Queensland official and motorsport identity Errol Bailey.
A life member of the Brisbane Sporting Car Club (BSCC), Errol made a name for himself as the Clerk of Course for rallying events across the state.
Born in 1942, Errol first piqued an interest in motorsport as a teenager where he spent years watching many rally events as a spectator, before dabbling in the sport himself.
Errol’s career as a competitor became serious in the late 1970s when he took on co-driver responsibilities for his brother in a Hillman Hunter. The duo contested the Queensland Rally Championship for a number of years, as well as rounds of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC).
It wasn’t until the 1980s when Errol took on more senior official duties, securing his first major role as the 1984 Armstrong Nissan Rally Clerk of Course – just one year after signing up as a BSCC member.
From then on, Errol was a regular on the Queensland rally scene, including working on the renowned ‘Cooloola Classic’ event as part of the Queensland Rally Championship in 1987, and directing many other rally events.
In 1990, he was appointed the Clerk of the Course for Rally Queensland – a role he held for more than two decades.
Outside of his work with Rally Queensland, Errol volunteered at a number of state and national events around the country, including the Round Australia rallies, the Australian Safari, Targa Tasmania and multiple rounds of the ARC.
Errol’s involvement in motorsport extended beyond volunteering as an official too. He was a member and eventual Chair of the Queensland Rally Advisory Panel and a delegate to the Queensland State Council of Motorsport Australia.
His contributions were recognised on numerous occasions throughout his life, having been awarded BSCC life membership in 2003 and a CAMS Service Star in 2008.
Motorsport Australia offers its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Errol, who is survived by wife Margaret, children Michael, Paul, Amanda and Matthew, brother Rodney and many grandchildren.