Gilboy was tragically killed in the Sports Racing and GT Challenge
race at Cadwell Park on Sunday September 1st.
began racing with the Challenge in 1998 with a Cobra replica. Over
the last four years he had developed the car to bring it to the
front of the field. His racing career had been punctuated by a series
of engine problems that would have put lesser racers off the sport.
Stefan was different to that though. He approached life with a broad
grin and treated each problem as an opportunity for more fun.
of Stefans enthusiasm and cheerfulness in the face of a mishap
was demonstrated at the Birkett Relay in 2001. After bringing his
car off the trailer after yet another extensive engine rebuild,
a rocker broke as he started the engine and his race was over before
scrutineering. Stefan smiled resolutely and quietly put his car
back on the trailer but instead of returning home stepped in as
team manager of the Grunties leaping from pit wall to garage, and
getting the chaotic team organised without a crossed word, just
his trademark good humour.
love of a lark masked the skill and determination of a very capable
driver. Three weeks before Stefans last race, he excelled
at his second outing of the season at Snetterton, achieving third
on the grid and a strong race only to have to retire with
yet another mechanical problem an exhaust pipe fallen off.
As always with Stefan, this mishap was met with laughter at the
Sports Racing and GT Challenge drivers and supporters were completely
devastated by the tragedy of September 1st 2002 and will all treasure
their own memories of Stefan as a man who just loved to have fun.
From the paddock to the racetrack, his joviality and positive energy
will be so sorely missed.