Graham Mortensen, a motorsport icon from Auckland, New Zealand, passed away today. Graham’s passing leaves behind a loss for his family, friends and the motorsports community, where he was associated for more than five decades.
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Graham Mortensen: Early days in motorsport
Graham Mortensen’s motorsport journey began in the early 1970s, marking the beginning of a passionate and long relationship with the world of racing. Always ready to lend a hand, Graham started out as flag bearer and pitlane marshal, demonstrating his dedication to the sport. Over the years, he has taken on many different volunteer roles, becoming a familiar face at racing events.
His commitment and expertise did not go unnoticed, and Graham gradually rose through the ranks, eventually earning the title of Senior Clerk of the Course for a variety of events. His journey culminated in becoming a manager, a testament to his wealth of knowledge and experience in motorsport. In 2022, MotorSport New Zealand recognized Graham’s exceptional contributions by presenting him with the Course D’Honneur Secretary Award, cementing his legacy in the motorsport community.
Off the track: The unsung hero of the Auckland Automobile Club
Graham Mortensen’s impact has extended beyond the track. He spent much of his time with the Auckland Automobile Club, where he undertook important administrative responsibilities. Serving on the club’s Executive Committee, including multiple terms as Vice President, Graham played a key role in the club’s operations. In recognition of his tireless efforts, he was deservedly inducted into the Auckland Automobile Club’s Roll of Honor and granted life membership.
Cause of Graham’s departure
The motorsport community, especially MotorSport New Zealand, is reeling from the news of Graham Mortensen’s passing. To date, the exact cause of his death remains unknown, leaving the circumstances shrouded in a veil of sadness. MotorSport New Zealand shared the somber announcement on their Facebook page, acknowledging the profound impact Graham has had on the community.
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Graham Mortensen’s legacy in New Zealand motorsport is one of dedication, passion and selfless service. As the motorsport community mourns his passing, they remember a man who dedicated himself to the sport he loved so much. Graham’s impact on the Auckland Automobile Club and the wider motorsport scene will be felt for many years to come, as his memory lives on in the hearts of those who were privileged to know Older brother.
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