Bob Robins, the President of St Neots Autograss Club, sadly passed away on Sunday 11 March 2007.
Bob wasn't quite a founder member of the St Neots club - we believe he started racing in 1972, when the club had already been in existence for a year - but it's fair to say he had more influence than anyone on the growth of Autograss in East Anglia, with the Robins family name becoming almost synonymous with the St Neots club. For many years Bob served as St Neots Chairman, until in 1991 he accepted the title of President and handed the chair over to his son David. Bob continued to serve the club well as one of its hardest working members, and carried out the starter's job right up to the end of the 2006 season.
Bob was a regular Class 2 racer for a long time, and continued racing until well into his 70s. In recent years he'd been very proud of the progress made by his grandson Daniel, who took over Bob's time-honoured SN43 number.
He was also a brilliant "old school" mechanic, who solved many a local racer's problems - and fortunately handed his skills down to David and Michael.
The first Bob Robins Memorial Race meeting was held at Wyboston in July 2007. The two-day meeting featured, on the Saturday, a unique “retro” race format and raised a total of £2,000 for charity, divided between the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. This meeting, accompanied by an evening of fun and games on the Saturday, has now become an annual fixture and has considered to raise valuable funds for the two charities.