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Friends gather for Rick’s final journey

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A host of rally and performance cars joined the funeral cortege as a tribute to motorsport legend Rick Neale.

Rick, 59, who was chairman and the driving force of EMCOS – Enthusiasts Motor Club of Stonehouse and boss of Stroud Sign Centre, died earlier this month after a short illness.

On his final journey around 100 cars gathered on Minchinhampton Common to follow the hearse through Stroud to Gloucester Crematorium.

rick neale | Friends gather for Rick's final journey
Rick Neale driving his Davrian. Pic: Calvin Samuel / CS Motorsport

Tributes have flowed since his passing, his son Jordan saying: “Dad was just the biggest character, full of life, quick-witted, funny, and a total rebel.

“His exploits and adventures in rally cars, bands and life, in general, were countless and will be well remembered with a smile by everyone.

rick1 | Friends gather for Rick's final journey
Rick Neale.

“Everything he did and every project he undertook was larger than life, and always done his own way and on his terms. He was a loving and much-loved husband to my mum, and a dad to myself, brother and sister, as well as an uncle, a cousin, and a friend to many.

“He cared and supported us in everything we did, taught us so much, and among many other things, he gave us music and motorsport, from which we’ve built our lives, met lifelong friends and experienced amazing things, we will carry those cherished memories forever.

“We will miss him every day, the hole he’s left in our lives can never be filled but we will do our best every day to look after our amazing mum and family to make him proud, as we were so proud he was our dad and best friend.

“It doesn’t even begin to explain properly, but hopefully gives a glimpse into the kind of high calibre of man he was.”

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