THE life of a well known motocross racer will be celebrated this week.
Frank Pottenger, of Froncysyllte, died suddenly while on holiday in America in August the day before his 82nd birthday.
A memorial service is being held at St Collen’s Church, Llangollen, on Friday at noon.
Despite his advancing years, Mr Pottenger continued to pursue his passion for motocross and was well-known on the region’s circuits.
His family said he died from a stroke while visiting friends.
Mr Pottenger’s eldest son Gary, 51, said: “He lived life to the full.
“He never stopped in his whole life really.
“He certainly did a lot throughout his life.”
Retired collier Mr Pottenger, who leaves another son Carl, 49, began riding in 1953 and continued to do so until his death.
Speaking last year, he told the Leader: “I don’t race any more, but I can still throw a Triumph around a track.”
He rode his first Triumph 500cc bike in 1955, when he became Shropshire scramble champion at Hawkstone Park.
In the mid 1960s he switched to a BSA Gold Star bike and at one point finished third in the Cheshire championships. He took up speedway racing at the age of 43, in 1974.
“I’ve broken every bone in my body,” said Mr Pottenger last year.
“Back then you would be back on the bike again after a few weeks.”
All are welcome to attend the memorial service.