John has been battling the complications of diabetes for several years and was recently diagnosed with an inoperable cancer.
John has been associated with WA Speedway for well over 50 years and was known around the traps as “The General” John Day thanks to Claremont Promotor and now Motorplex Head Commentator Con Migro.
John’s involvement with Speedway started back at the now defunct Claremont Speedway decades ago and continued through to the Perth Motorplex when that facility was conceived in 2000.
John ran a very successful auto body repair business in Welshpool “John Day & Co” and he seized the marketing opportunity to promote his business in front of the massive crowds that Speedway attracts by supplying his very distinctive fleet of Orange utes as pushcars …and of course one pace car that was specially framed out to carry John in the back, facing the front row .
The utes always look stunning and just to give it that bit of extra pizazz, John would load them with strategically placed fireworks for the A-Mains.
In fact the extravaganza that John conjured up was not limited to Claremont and the Motorplex…..John would actually roll up to any major state-wide event in WA Speedway with those magnificent utes and put on his theatrics.
To carry on the legacy of John Day, the Day Family and Speedway Manager at Perth Motorplex Gavin Migro have pledged that the iconic orange push utes and pace car will continue to be an integral part of the racing programs…. Speedway racing in Western Australia simply wouldn’t be the same without the familiar John Day utes parading around the track.
A true gentleman, and a man that gave it his everything for the betterment of the sport.
Good on you John, you will be sadly missed.
John is survived by his wife Janet and daughters Nadine, Kylie, Justine and Lisa.
It’s been a tragic week in Australian Speedway with John being the second iconic figure in the WA Speedway scene to leave us, the other being Shane Krikke.
RIP John !
All Images – Peter Roebuck
Words – Paul Griffin