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2014-05-09 10:40

WHAT A CHAP: Motorsport journo and photographer Steve Wicks was killed on May 8 2014. Loved by all, his passing is a huge loss to SA Motorsport. Image: Facebook

Motorsport journalist extraordinaire Steve Wicks was killed on Thursday (May 8 2014) when a truck knocked him off his mountain bicycle.

The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists released the following statement, from colleague and guild president Danie van Jaarsveld:

As a motoring journalist, he first made his mark at Chequered Flag, then put MotorPics on the motorsport map. He would occasionally grant sponsorships without telling management until the decals were on the cars and he focused his infectious enthusiasm on things “Trucking” when he reunited with the late Justin Haler.

Through all this he kept a steady stream of, mainly private motorsport competitors supplied with media releases filled with his inimitable irreverence and uncomfortably knowledgeable view of his clients’ performance.


At the 1999 SA World Superbikes event at Phakisa a German journalist asked a number of us whether we only photographed motorsport. His immediate response: "What else is there?"

Those who knew Wicks will miss him sorely and those who met him will not forget him. While he sometimes took his guidance from a very distant drummer, his sincerity and passion were uncontested and he had a remarkable ability to see things in a light to which the rest of us were blind.

"He continued to surprise those who spent time with him.

He leaves behind the love of his life, Catherine O’Donnell, a daughter Nicole and a son Richard.

Motorsport SA on Friday said it was both shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of well-known motorsport journalist Steve Wicks.

"Steve was an ever present figure at motorsport events and his passion for the sport seemed without limits," MSA said in a statement.

"MSA's sincere condolences to Steve's family and many friends. Motorsport will not be the same without him and he will be sorely missed.

Wicks's biography on the SAGMJ website reads: "I have been around or involved with motorsport all my life as I was born in 1961 - the year both Kyalami and Zwartkops opened!"

Steve Wicks from Cramlington, UK, said on Facebook: "He brought together, through Facebook, a large group of 'Steve Wicks' from all over the world and our plan was to all meet one day at the 'Wicks brewery' in California. Going to miss you fellow 'Wicksy'. Wish I had met you.

Wheels24's Janine-Lee Gordon said: "Steve was always so willing to help, always so cheerful and cracking silly jokes. He'll be missed in the motorsport/motoring industry. Thanks for being one of the nicest people I knew and for being such an inspiration to local motorsport. Your inspiring spirit will live on forever in our hearts."

Wheels24 offers its sincere condolences to those close to Steve.

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