It is with much sadness to report that former sidecar driver Chris Andrews succumbed to a short illness on Sunday 15th October, peacefully with his family at his bedside. Chris had dealt with his deteriorating condition with dignity and bravery in equal measure since diagnosis in Summer 2022.
Chris and his brother Mal competed for almost twenty five years, starting in 1970 on a Triumph outfit, before upgrading to an immaculate Honda CB750 machine four years later, on which they were East Yorkshire Centre Airfield Sidecar Champions. In 1976, they – along with others – experienced a setback after making serious investment in the new 750 Konig engines, with numerous mechanical issues.
Chris and Mal raced TZ750 outfits in the 1980’s, including a Tin Windle and a Shelbourne. They were regular competitors at Elvington, Carnaby and Cadwell Park with Auto 66 Club and Retford & District Motor Club amongst others.
In 1988, the brothers made their T.T. debut but unfortunately they were involved in a serious collision on the Mountain Mile with two other outfits, sustaining serious fractures. They made a return to the Mountain Circuit in 1992 and 1993, the latter year meeting their ambitions of achieving a finishers award. Their final meeting was a month later at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough.
Away from racing, Chris was a devoted husband to Kath, and father to James, and also a proud grandfather. He was a skilled craftsman in the field of joinery and could turn his hand from the smallest job to full house renovations!
The funeral will be held on Thursday 2nd November at 1.40pm at York Crematorium (YO23 2QD). Following this, attendees are welcome to meet at The Ship Inn, Acaster Malbis. (YO23 2UH).
Our throughts are with Kath, James, Mal and all family and friends at this immensely sad time.