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City motorsport legend Brian Nightingale has died aged 72. | western avocado

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A Bathurst icon and motorsports legend, Brian Nightingale, died in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He was 72 years old. His close friend Councilor Graeme Hanger said he and many in the community were devastated to hear of his passing, remembering him as someone with a good heart and a wicked sense of humour. Cr Hanger said “Nighto”, as he was widely known, was born and raised in Bathurst, attending Bathurst public and secondary schools. He was a regular columnist for the Western Advocate, with Cr Hanger saying his knowledge of motorsport was second to none. “I’ve said it before, he’s forgotten more about motorsport than most people know,” he said. “He was a legend, his knowledge of the sport and his contacts were second to none.” Nighto was also a talented pilot in his own right. He was on the grid for the 1980 and 1981 Bathurst 1000. In his last interview with the Western Advocate in January 2021, Nighto spoke about his love for racing. “I’ve been involved in motorsport for 55 years, not only have I raced in the Bathurst 1000, I’ve also done a lot of rallying and rally cross,” he said. “Running is in my blood, I went to my first Mount Panorama run with my dad when I was four,” he said. Cr Hanger said Nighto will be missed by all who knew him. He said the 2015 Bathurst living legend has a fearsome sense of humour. “He was quite outspoken and direct, and had an opinion on a lot of people. But he had a good heart,” Cr Hanger also said. Nighto lived for his son Terry and his granddaughter Angel. Another friend, Matt Irvine, said Nighto was loved and respected by everyone in motorsport. “He could speak the leg of a chair. “And to walk around the pits with him (even when he was confined to a wheelchair), I was blown away by how many motorsport legends stopped and spoke to him. Jim Richards, John Bowe, Colin Bond… they all stopped and started conversations,” he said. Funeral details have not yet been announced. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: