Northern Rivers motorsport community in mourning after crash
THE Northern Rivers motor sport fraternity is in mourning following the death of Lismore-raised Australian motor sport administrator Jamey Blaikie in a car crash in Fiji.
The life of the 52-year-old was tragically cut short on Monday when his hire car and a truck collided while he was in the Pacific island nation working for charity.
In 2003, Mr Blaikie played a key role in establishing the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia series, which he ran for 10 years, before moving on to manage the NB Team, campaigning Aston Martins in GT Asia series.
Lismore Nissan dealer principal Paul O'Neill said he met Mr Blaikie in Lismore in the 1980s when he was an enthusiastic speedway racer in his late teens.
By that stage Mr Blaikie had already made a name for himself in karting circles as a determined competitor.
"Jamey raced street sal-oons and stockers and was involved in Lismore speedway for more than seven years," Mr O'Neill said.
"He used to go to all the local speedway meetings with us. He was very involved."
An active member of the Lismore Automobile Club, Mr Blaikie quickly became known around the region.
"Jamey was well liked and well respected in motor sport circles around the area," Mr O'Neill said.
"He was a diehard petrol head who was very passionate and just loved the sport.
"Jamey will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him from around the region."
Mr Blaikie married local woman Sue Nixon in the 1980s, whom he later divorced, and his late mother Hope was a real estate agent with Wal Murray and Co for many years.
Mr Blaikie left Lismore in the early 1990s to move into motor sport management.
From there he moved into Super Touring and later V8 Supercars with Paragon Motorsport.
In late 2002 he sold his stake in Paragon Motorsport to clear the way for his involvement in the Porsche Carrera Cup.
Teaming up with VIP Pet Foods owner Tony Quinn and then Porsche Cars Australia managing director Michael Winkler as co-directors of Cup Car, Mr Blaikie's involvement was instrumental in bringing the one-make 911 GT3 class to Australia.
Porsche's director of public relations and motor sport Paul Ellis paid tribute to Mr Blaikie on behalf of the company.
"Jamey loved many of us here at Porsche and considered some of us as family. And he loved the Porsche brand through and through," Mr Ellis said.
"To the Porsche Motorsport community Jamey was a friend, an ally and a confidant.
"He asked for no favours; he just wanted to help."
Mr Blaikie is survived by his brothers Adrian, who lives in Japan, and Michael.
His funeral details are yet to be advised.