Final farewell for motoring man
MORE than 200 friends, colleagues and family members yesterday gathered to farewell Northern Rivers motor sport personality Jamey Robert Blaikie at his funeral at St Carthage's Cathedral in Lismore.
Mr Blaikie, who was fundamental in establishing the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia series, died tragically in a car crash in Fiji on December 8.
The 52-year-old's hometown was Casino but he made a name for himself in karting circles in Lismore from an early age before moving on to speedway and super sedan racing with cousin Gavin Manning.
Mr Manning delivered a heartfelt eulogy at the funeral, painting a picture of his cousin as a warm, ambitious and inspirational man.
"To individual family members, Jamey was a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a nephew, a stepson, a brother in law, and for a period of 11 years, a husband," he said.
"Our family was very proud of what Jamey was able to achieve in his 52 years.
"At a young age Jamey developed a reputation for being able to talk - continually. Jamey was always full of questions.
"Jamey also developed a passion for motorcars at an early age.
"He was always smiling, with a happy-go-lucky attitude, zero ego. He was inspirational and inspired others to do well.
"Not unlike many self-made passionate people, Jamey started at grass roots (and) he always had a fierce determination to succeed."
Mr Blaikie played a key role in establishing the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia series in 2003, which he ran for 10 years.
Following that, he went on to manage the NB Team, campaigning Aston Martins in GT Asia series.
Porsche Cars Australia's director of public relations and motor sport Paul Ellis also gave a eulogy, describing Mr Blaikie as a wonderful friend, mentor, and family member.
"Jamey was a loved member of the Porsche motor sport family," he said. "For the last 12 years, Jamey was the patriarch of today's Porsche racing family."
Mr Ellis said it was Jamey's passion, determination and entrepreneurial flair that led to the success of the Carrera Cup.
"Jamey was the architect," he said.
"If it wasn't for Jamey Blaikie Porsche motor sport Australia wouldn't be in the strong position it is today. It didn't matter who you were, Jamey had time for you."