We regret having to bring you this very sad news. Updates are still coming through.
DARREN CLARK, Tas-Isle Trading, died during a car rally on Saturday, 19th August. Darren was a real enthusiast for rallying and had been a club member for thirty years, and had occupied many roles within the North West Car Club.
Darren was well known and well respected throughout Tasmanian drycleaning industry and he will be sorely missed by all.
I was fortunate to spend a day with Darren when he took me on a tour of Hobart’s drycleaning fraternity, prior to a weekend seminar, and I appreciated his generosity with his time. Darren’s pride in the expansion of the company services, range and premises, and his achievements with Tas-Isle Trading, which he purchased in 1995, were very evident.
At only 49 he is far too young to leave us, and will be sadly missed. Our deepest sympathies to Darren’s wife, Theresa Clarke, and their young son, Stuart.
In a statement, the North West Car Club expressed its “sadness in relation to a fatal crash during the Scottsdale Historic Rally over the weekend”.
“The North West Car Club’s thoughts are with the family and friends of the crew and everyone who assisted at the scene in what would have also been a traumatic experience for them as well,” club president Nathan Newton said. The club said it would make no further comment on the incident at this stage, “as it is now subject to a police investigation and coronial inquiry, as well as an investigation by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS)”.
In a Facebook post, the 500 Car Club of Tasmania said its members were “deeply saddened at the tragic loss of a much-respected member and dear friend with the passing of Darren Clark yesterday”.
“Darren is remembered as a passionate and steady-hand guiding the development of the club, participating as a competitor, organiser and officer for over 30 years,” the post said.
“He was stalwart in abiding by rules, and being consistent and fair to all, while maintaining a determined competitiveness, bringing him much success along the way.”
The club also wished a “speedy recovery to Keegan Buckley, and know that everyone will support and care for each other in this difficult time”.
“Our many thanks to the event officials and emergency services who managed and cared for our friends.”
A report into the incident is being prepared for the coroner.