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Steve Palmer RIP

Steve Palmer, former British schoolboy trials and, later, British rallycross champion, died on 15 February from pancreatic cancer. He was just embarking on his 60th year.

Palmer started out in junior trials as a seven-year-old and rose to become British Schoolboy Trials Champion at 16. He went on to win five South-Eastern Centre championships. Aged 24 he moved to motocross, rapidly reaching expert level and grabbing 11th place in the 1985 British championship.

Steve’s trials coach and friend Vic Moyce introduced him to rallycross and he never looked back. He bought an MG Metro 6R4, gave it a 3.8 litre engine transplant and two years later, in 2000, won the British Rallycross Championship.

Away from the track he had a penchant for Porsche road cars which perfectly reflected his fast and colourful lifestyle. Latterly Steve could be found building engines for karts and classic trials bikes. He leaves behind his father, wife Karen and sons Craig and David.






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