Funeral service date for Exning motor safety pioneer

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Motor safety pioneer, and co-founder of Newmarket firm Safety Devices, Brian Wilkinson, has died at the age of 77.

Mr Wilkinson, who lived in Exning, had started his career in engineering at home in New Zealand, training in the aeronautical industry. He came to England wanting to work in the motor racing industry and joined Lotus in its early days where he worked on Jim Clark’s racing cars under Colin Chapman. He became involved with the safety aspect of the sport and developed the first rollover cages later establishing Safety Devices with his partners.

His passion remained classic British sports cars and on retirement from Safety Devices he built his own version of the E-Type which became highly regarded by Jaguar enthusiasts. His funeral service will at Exning’s St Martin’s Church on Friday, February 28, at noon. Donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.