Friends to pay tribute to GT
GEOFFREY Walter Truscott, who died after a long illness last month, was yesterday remembered as a man who hated book learning but was brilliant in his field as a mechanic.
Speedway fans, power boat racers and music lovers will all come together this evening at a memorial gathering to celebrate the life of the man known to everyone as “GT”.
His niece, Kathy Pike, said Mr Truscott had been born and raised in Bundaberg.
He attended Bundaberg Central State School and later Kepnock State High School.
Mr Truscott was remembered for playing guitar in local bands Fiestas, Senators, Shylo and Memphis County Band, entertaining teenagers during the 1960s at various venues around town.
A mechanic by trade, Mr Truscott worked at the Fiveways Service Station and then his own workshop, GT Auto Repairs, from his home on Elliott Heads Road.
His interest in performance engines saw him sponsor many local saloon cars, formula 500s and midget race cars.
After a move to Brisbane, he worked at Torque Power, Bill Mann Performance Engines and the Brisbane Engine Centre.
His reputation grew and again he started working from home, building and working on engines and performance parts for racing cars as well as Craig and Brent Lewis’s power boats, seen at Bundy Thunder.
Mr Truscott’s leisure time was spent restoring his pride and joy, a Ford County 116 tractor.
“Family, friends and work associates are invited to celebrate GT’s life at a special tribute evening,” Ms Pike said.
The theme – wear blue or a cap.
For more information, phone 0427 556 301.