Last weekend Australian Speedway lost a true gentleman and an iconic legend in Sprintcar Racing.
It is with profound sadness and deep regret that we write that Shane Krikke passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Shane, as indeed they are with your Wife Jode, daughter Taylor and the entire Krikke family.
Shane was a great man in every sense. A top businessman, devoted family man, avid Blues supporter – the list goes on and on.
Shane raced Sprintcars in his earlier years with very good results, but it’s fair to say his achievements for many years as a car owner and bringing together the resources to create a mind-blowing car and Team were what he truly excelled in.
The KMS Team that Shane created stands as one of the best prepared and formidable Teams in the country – a car and Team to be taken seriously at all times, and a car and team that won so many big races in the country. Many would go so far as to say “the benchmark Sprintcar Team in Australia.”
World Series Sprintcars will never be the same !
Shane fostered outstanding results. He was a perfectionist, strong willed, determined caring and influential – Shane had it all.
Just look at the way the car was always presented – day in, day out. Preparation was everything. Simply stunning !
Shane Krikke meant so much to so many and was always only too happy to participate in a worthy Speedway discussion. He called a spade a spade, was an inspiration to all and always gave you the time of day to acknowledge your presence – “G’day Mate” he would say with a nod of the head as we crossed paths in the pits.
The amazing out-pouring of tributes on Facebook is testimony to the man he was. American Star Tim Kaeding who has raced for Shane signed off his tribute with “Love Ya Boss” – enough said !
Shane Krikke – RIP mate, you will be missed like no other.
The Funeral Service to Celebrate and Honour the life of Shane Krikke will take place in the CREMATORIUM Chapel, Belcher Street, Bunbury commencing at 12.30pm SATURDAY (2.7.2016).
Words – Paul Griffin