Falkirk family marks passing of race-fan dad

A karting event will be held in the memory of Alex Bruce
A karting event will be held in the memory of Alex Bruce

A major karting event is to be held in memory of a well-known Falkirk businessman and racing driver.

Alex Bruce, owner of Bruce Taxis, passed away surrounded by his family last December after a four-year battle with cancer.

The California man, diagnosed with prostate cancer, refused to tell anyone outside his family and continued to race in Scottish Motor Racing Club events as well as support daughter Emma in the sport for as long as he could.

Emma (26) said: “Dad’s passion was his family and cars so holding a race day in his memory is a fitting tribute.

“He was well loved in the circuit. Since he passed away, I’ve had lots of drivers tell me how shocked they were to find out he was ill because he had kept it to himself. He just didn’t want a fuss.”

The Athena Asset Management Charity Karting event will go ahead on March 10-13 at Xtreme Karting in Larbert with all proceeds going to Marie Curie and CHAS.

Last year’s event raised over £10,000 and the Bruce family – wife Agnes, children Emma, Laura (28) and James (37) and grandchildren Josh (17), Ryan (2) and ten-month-old Amelia, hope to top it.

The first two nights will be qualifying races, with the top four teams going into the final on Thursday, March 13, for a chance at the trophy.

Each team of six will be captained by a professional racing driver and the group with the most laps will go into the championship.

Emma said: “We’re really happy Athena Asset Management asked to hold the event in dad’s memory.

“The Marie Curie nurses were great with dad in his final weeks so we want to give something back to them.

“I hope we smash the £10,000 raised last year and give people the chance to experience a sport my dad loved, with the country’s best racing drivers to help them.”

Qualifying rounds cost £40 per driver and £25 for the final. Visit www.xkfalkirk.clubspeedtiming.com to book.