It is with great sadness we inform you of the death of a long time member of the LAC Edward (Ted) Worswick who suffered a fatal heart attack last Saturday, 23 February.
Born in Clitheroe Ted began racing in the early ‘60s with a Coventry Climax engined Lotus 7, one of the early TVR Griffiths (not too reliable as I recall) and the first of several Austin-Healey 3000s, enjoying success at Oulton Park and Aintree amongst others. In 1965, with Alan Minshaw as co-driver, Ted entered the Big Healey (PJB 828) in the Guards Trophy 1000-mile race at Brands Hatch, a race run in two equal parts over two days, finishing 10th overall.
In 1968 he acquired a very quick Jaguar E-type with which he enjoyed considerable success in Modified Sports Car racing, taking numerous wins at circuits across the United Kingdom. For 1972 the E-type gave way to the fearsomely fast 5.4 litre TVR Tuscan originally built for Richard Taft which enabled Ted to continue his winning ways, ending the year as class winner in the STP Modified Sports Car Championship. Ted then reduced his racing activities although he did share Ken Coffey’s Ford Escort Twin Cam in the 1973 Spa 24 Hours and continued to have fun with his Healeys.
But it was with the big Healeys, In the true spirit of an English privateer, Ted competed at the highest level on a shoestring budget. He entered the 1966 Targa Florio and drove 767 KNX down to Sicily himself. He shared 767 KNX with Alan Minshaw but failed to finish due to a back axle failure, forcing a repair at the side of the road before the long journey home.
Ted also entered the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans but did not arrive for the race. A sabbatical for 1967 due to Ted racing a sister car, ARX 91B, resulted in 767 KNX next running in the 1968 Targa Florio, a more successful race for the Healey after Ted and Richard Bond finished 29th overall and 4th in class. Throughout this time, Ted raced several times at national level before putting 767 KNX into storage in 1970.
It was not only on the circuits and roads that Ted campaigned the Healey; they were also pressed into service for various international rallies of the time including the RAC, the Welsh and the Gulf.
Emerging from long term hibernation, Ted entered 767 KNX for the 1982 Golden Fifty RAC Rally and finished 5th behind Paddy Hopkirk in the winning Mini and three other Minis. To reward his efforts, he took the GT class spoils and the Team Prize. A return to circuit racing beckoned with a race at Oulton Park in 1984 followed by another adventure to Italy to compete in the 1987 Coppa D’Italia. Ted’s adventures did not end there as he took part in the Anglo American Challenge as part of Team Healey, 767 KNX making its first visit back to the USA since the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours.
Many of you will have attended a recent LAC evening at Whalley Golf Club where Ted entertained all present with stories of his exploits on the Targe Florio.
A great competitor and friend of the LAC he will be missed.