[SIZE=“3”]We?re coming up on the anniversary of the death of my friend, Bryan Wescott, who passed away eight years ago this coming Sunday, August 30th. at the very young age of 40.
Since I?ll be running around out of town on Sunday for the Blast from the Past Reunion I wanted to post something in his memory ahead of time.
Bryan?s dad, R.M. ?Whitey? Wescott and I go back many, many years so Bryan has been a part of my and my family?s life since he was born.
Bryan began helping me years ago on my racers before he was even a teenager. He started helping me back in the tornado years in the early 70?s when he was 10 ? 11 years old then continued helping us as part of the crew on the FOUR Late Model up into the mid-70?s until he went off to college.
Bryan began building Late Models and driving himself in late 1979 and continued racing until he sustained a closed-head injury in a hard impact with the outside wall in Turn 1 at Sunshine Speedway August 16th, 1986. Bryan died of complications from a heat stroke at his job on August 30th. 2001.
Bryan left behind his wonderful wife Jackie and two young children Bryan Jr. & Brianna Wescott.
Bryan was dedicated to the Lord throughout his entire life. He was a terrific father and a good man.
Here are a few pics of Bryan from the Wescott Collection with some of his racers. Following these are a few shots from my collection in his earlier years helping me on my racers.
Bryan with dad Whitey and his Aunt Pat at Sunshine Speedway
Bryan again at Sunshine
Bryan with Bryan Jr. at Sunshine
Bryan and Jackie at NSS
I imagine there have been other racers that have proposed to their GF?s
with a graphic painted on their racer but this was the first one I had ever seen.
Bryan & Jackie after the race and proposal at NSS.