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Car club’s members pay tribute to pal
THE devastated members of a modified cars club are mourning the loss of friend and motoring aficionado Steve Jones whose outlandish concepts and tuning skills never failed to amaze them.
Steve, 52, from Penhill, died on October 18 following an accident while working on his treasured classic BMW.
His death shocked members of Swindon Street Cruise, the group he had religiously attended since its creation two years ago.
Determined to bid him a last farewell deserving of the man he was, his fellow car enthusiasts will pay their respect by following the hearse from his home in Redlynch Close to Kingsdown crematorium in a large convoy on Monday, November 11. His prized BMW will be the first in the funeral cortege, which will set off at 11.15am.
Sam Shenton-Tan, of Toothill, said Steve’s death would leave a hole in his and others’ lives but he has drawn comfort from the fact that the father-of-three died doing what he loved: Tinkering with his car.
“It was a tragic accident,” he said. “But he died doing what he loved doing. That’s the best way to look at it. He was such a popular guy. Nobody expected it. It is a real shame.”
The pair met just two years ago through a modified car group.They later joined Swindon Street Cruise and became fast friends. Sam, 35, said Steve’s jovial demeanour and infectious good humour earned him popularity.
“I knew him for a couple of years so not an awful long time. “We got on really, really well.
“He was a very good guy, always happy to help people. He was always joking, always laughing.
“Whenever you saw him he had changed his car somehow. It was always nice to see what idea he had come up with.”
Rikki Hawes, 24, of Park South, recalled some of Steve’s aesthetic choices.
“He was crazy, one minute the car would be plain and then there would a woman painted down one side of the bonnet,” he said. “Only Steve could get away with it. His wheels would be a different colour or have stars all over them. Every time you saw him there would be something else. It never looked silly or out of place.
“When he died it was a shock to the system. We all thought ‘that’s just not right’.”
Jamie Wyatt, 25, from Toothill who runs Swindon Street Cruise said:“He was a kind, caring and friendly man,” “He was a dedicated member of the modified car club Swindon Street Cruise and was very into working on his own car.
“He was looked up to by many of the modified car scene and a great inspiration to all.”