I was informed today that long time Canadian rally driver Reg Hillary passed away on Tuesday, December 4th in his 98th year after a life well lived.
The following post is based on a story by John R. Wright on December 7, 2018 in the current issue “Racecar”. I also used some information provide by the Corbett Funeral Home in Cambridge, Ontario.
Reg Hillary & Jack Young Win The 1961 Shell 4000 Rally
Born in England, Reg started his motorsports career on a Speedway bike, sans brakes on dirt tracks around London, England. He came to Canada in 1957 and immediately became involved in racing and rallying. Initially, he was a Renault driver and entered his Dauphine in five consecutive Canadian Winter Rallies, finishing every time. He also found time to compete at Harewood Acres and Mosport in Sprites and Daimler Darts.
Reg Hillary and His Co-driver Jack Young Celebrate Their Victory In The 1961 Shell 4000 Rally.
However, it was in a 1961 Studebaker Lark that he scored his major rallying victory, winning the first Shell 4000 Rally against such seasoned competitors as Denise McCluggage and the GM factory team of Corvairs and Pat Moss, sister of Stirling.
Reg also took regional championships and class championships in the various sports cars he drove, such as the Healey Sprite and the Dart. He accomplished this feat against a veritable horde of other club racers.
Reg is survived by his son Clive in England. To Reg’s son, relatives and friends, I extend my sympathy.
Apparently Reg died by mistake on December 4th, 2018 at the age of 98. He was supposed to be 120 when he died.
He is survived by one son, Clive and his wife Anne. He has 2 granddaughters, Lisa and Lucy who each have 2 children. His surviving family lives in the U.K. Three wives Mary, Muriel and Shirley predeceased Reg.
Reg was a former:
– Lover of Life
– Aeronautical Engineer
– Electronic Engineer
– President of the Canadian Fence Industry Association
– Governor of the International Fence Industry Association
– President of R. F. Hillary & Co. Ltd. England and Canada
– Canadian Race Car Champion C.12
– International Rally Driver, winner of Shell 4000
– Speedway Rider, England
– Master Mason – Mason for 60 years
– Bronze Medalist, International Ballroom Dancing
– Achieved Yellow Belt in Judo
– At one time, considered to be one of Canada’s top Toastmasters
– Toastmaster for over 30 years – speaker, mentor
Heaven will never be the same!
Corbett Funeral Home, 95 Dundas St. N., Cambridge, Ontario
Wednesday, December 12th
Gathering after 12 noon – speaking begins at 1:00pm.