Rob Gourlay killed in road traffic accident

Classic bike racing legend dies in home town after collision with car

Posted: 7 April 2008
by Visordown News

CLASSIC BIKE racing fans will be saddened to hear of the death of racing legend Robert Gourlay, who was killed in a road traffic accident yesterday.

Father to classic bike racer Lea, Mr Gourlay, aged 59, died when his Triumph motorbike was in collision with a car near his home town of Worksop.

The driver of the Rover car, a 31-year-old Worksop man, was not hurt in the crash.

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Such a tragic waste. Club racing has lost it's third rider this year already.
I always remember Rob with his open face helmet and a big grin

Posted: 07/04/2008 at 16:03

I never knew the guy, but it is a shame.

I guess the lesson here, to me anyway, is to always take care on the roads. As a racer he was probably a very competant rider.

RIP Rob. 

Posted: 07/04/2008 at 17:36

Rob always stopped for a little chat on his way in the assembly area and always had a smile.


Posted: 07/04/2008 at 21:44

Both Rob and Lea were/are a shining example of motorbike riders. Rob will be sadly missed at not forgotten.

My heart goes out to all  of his family at this horrible time.


Posted: 08/04/2008 at 12:49

Never good to hear!


Posted: 08/04/2008 at 16:10

Very sad indeed.

From what I've read, he was hit by an allegedly drunk Polish driver, who was on the wrong side of the road.

If true, not a lot to be surprised about.

Posted: 08/04/2008 at 23:11

Watched him race at Cadwell last season.Gutted.

Posted: 09/04/2008 at 09:28

The racing world has lost a true gentleman,used to race with Rob in the days of the Forgotten Era club. A great rider and a smashing bloke. My heart goes out to his family, such a tragic loss.

Posted: 09/04/2008 at 10:09

a sad, sad day...

RiP Rob

Posted: 09/04/2008 at 14:23

rest in piece rob another legend lost say hello to barry sheen my heart goes out to all your  family.

Posted: 09/04/2008 at 17:31

Always remember the open face helmet a proper racer will be sadly missed.

My heart goes out to all your family

 RIP Rob

Posted: 09/04/2008 at 17:53

Rob was one of the friendliest people you could meet.

His passion for bikes just shone out of him.

We have lost a true gentleman racer.

My deepest sympathy is with all his family and many close friends, that he should survive so many scorching laps and then be lost in a traffic accident.

IFor those of you that knew him as a CRMC racer :

Posted: 09/04/2008 at 17:53

I first met Rob back in 1992 when I was racing with the FRC, he was a seriously hard rider who inadvertently taught me everything I knew about fairing bashing and 'being a bit intimidating'. He was also a gentleman and had many a story to tell. Haven't seen him since about 3 years ago when he was racing at Scarboro. The news has come as a big shock.

Condolences to all of his family.


Russ Henley

Posted: 11/04/2008 at 18:21

what a great loss to Roberts family and friends

Posted: 24/08/2008 at 19:35

edited for the sake of peace

Posted: 24/08/2008 at 21:05

Big Nige you really are an arse. Do you really think that is a suitable reply for such a title thread.......I like controversy but this is unreal.

My condolensces to anyone who knew the rider, thanks.

Posted: 24/08/2008 at 22:27

Actually I've no idea who "you know" is and it can be read in a few ways but I'll edit everything just in case.

In my defence, so many jump in here, put up one badly laid out post with nothing in their profile that it all gets a bit tiresome.

Anyway, sorry if I upset some delicate souls.

Posted: 24/08/2008 at 22:30

Very Sad


Posted: 24/08/2008 at 22:30

you know wrote (see)
 Hey babe i miss you so much think about you every day why did i have to love you so much since the age of 15 you where with me in my dreams my heart you was the one for me as you know anyway i will look for you when i leave earth god bless you babe xxxxxxxxx

That so sweet,

sorry for your loss, and I hope he can hear you, I'm sure he can, god bless you

and well, you know


Posted: 24/08/2008 at 23:06

It's a very sad reminder of how dangerous the Public Highway is.

When you think of the many talented, Professional Bike Riders that have lost their lives over the years, it just shows how careful we all need to be?

My wife is always pleased to hear my Bike pulling back into the driveway.


Posted: 24/08/2008 at 23:10

Biposto wrote (see)

My wife is always pleased to hear my Bike pulling back into the driveway.

I guess it's another 30 seconds notice to get the other guy out of the window!

Posted: 24/08/2008 at 23:40

And for her to get your Bondage Gear off?

Posted: 24/08/2008 at 23:42

I heard about this when it hapoened. Was just searching for his name as it came up. Rob was a family friend who was truly one of the greatest. The guy could swim like a fish. I sometimes would go and meet him at Creswell baths with my dad as they were good pals. I also played some 5 a side football with him and he was at least 15 years older than the oldest other player but could still get around the park. Great memories! Sadly missed but never forgotten!

Posted: 02/04/2013 at 22:28

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