Speedster takes the final chequered flag
IT was standing room only when the rich and fast-paced life of Roger Ealand was celebrated on Wednesday.
More than 200 mourners overflowed out of Tweed Valley Cemetery Chapel for the funeral of the racing car driver and founder of the Speed on Tweed event.
Friends and family spoke of Ealand's relentlessly competitive and optimistic nature with "just brilliant" and "just perfect" his standard response when asked how he was doing, even when things weren't so great.
Speed on Tweed was a hugely popular event which was run in the streets of Murwillumbah between 2002 - 2010 drawing crowds of 30,000 people.
The Duranbah resident died at home on March 22, aged 72, after a battle with cancer.
At the family's request, many mourners wore loud, colourful shirts.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margaret, and their two sons Justin and Adam.
Mr Ealand, who came to Australia as a 10 pound Pom in 1960, began racing classic cars in 1975.
He raced around the world, with his final event in 2013 at Indianapolis.