A MOTORSPORT champion who died in a tragic accident will be remembered for his passion for life.
Dave Wells, known as Wellsy, was racing as a sidecar passenger at Mallory Park, in Leicestershire, on October 29 when the bike crashed.
His partner Diane Musson, who lived with him in Keel Drive, Bottesford, met him at a race meeting 16 years ago.
She said: “He was always laughing and fun to be with.
“He was a right character and I remember saying to him when we first met that I was sure he’d swallowed a book of chat up lines. He loved everything, apart from spiders.”
Wellsy, 61, was twice champion of the TT (Tourist Trophy) and winner of the British Championship several times.
Diane said: “He was one of the best at what he was doing.
“His younger daughter and I had been moaning at him to give it up but he wouldn’t have gone any other way.”
Wellsy was a big family man who enjoyed spending time with his children Sarah and Claire, grandchildren Liam and Joe and Diane’s children Aaron and Darryl.
Diane said: “They worshipped him.
“He was such a well liked bloke. Everybody loved him.”
Wellsy, who was originally from York, was a painter and decorator. He enjoyed shooting, eating ice cream and spending time with Diane’s parents Rodney and Vera at their business in Bottesford.
Diane added: “He had got such a mixture in his life, it wasn’t just racing there was a lot more to him as well as that.”
The funeral, including a motorbike procession, is taking place tomorrow (Thursday) at Bottesford Church. The service will start at 2pm. Everyone is welcome. Donations are being taken for the ACU Benevolent Fund and Diabetes UK.