Commemorations for Todd Bellingham were held over the weekend, with more this weekend, as friends and family gathered to honour his memory, ten years on.
18 year old Todd Bellingham from Glenbrook was tragically killed in a motoring accident in the Waiuku Forest on 26 August, 2007.
Owen Bottomley of the Waiuku Dirt Track Club, which Todd was involved with, organised a memorial for Todd over the weekend.
“A group of us from the club got together. We said a few words, had a minute’s silence and made a toast to him,” Owen said.
Around 15 race cars parked up to pay tribute to the King of the Hill 2007 winner.
Todd’s mother, Barbara said “As a family, it’s very nice that people remember Todd and it’s a nice thing they’ve done.”
She said Todd always had a passion for motoring, with his career starting in karting as a young driver. He made his way up to the midgets, racing at Western Springs, as well as being member of the Waiuku Dirt Track Club.
As a teenager, Todd got a job at Ebbett Holden in Pukekohe.
“He worked hard, saved hard and helped a lot of people,” Barbara said.
Following Todd’s passing, the club introduced the Todd Bellingham Memorial Trophy to remember the passionate motorsport-mad young man.
“He was very happy in life,” Barbara said.
This coming weekend, Todd’s family, parents Barbara and Brian, sister Lisa and her husband Daniel with their children Kayla, Shikya and Brock, along with friends, will be paying tribute to Todd.
“We’re grateful for the kindness that some family and friends have shown us,” Barbara said.
After Todd’s passing, a friend from the Waiuku Dirt Track Club wrote a poem for Todd, “which sums him up perfectly” Barb said. Here is a small excerpt.
“Your smile, your pleasant nature, your enthusiasm for everything set a good example for all to follow.
You worked hard for all you had and were such a modest fellow.
A champion on and off the track, always dreaming and planning for tomorrow.”