20th February 2013. The board of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs is sad to announce the death of Derek Grossmark on 17 February. Derek had been unwell for some months, but was responding to treatment. He was born in 1928.
Derek was a leading light in the Veteran Car Club of GB, with a particular passion for early Napier cars. By profession, he ran a specialist camera and photographic business in Brighton and was the author of guide books for Leica owners. He was VCC’s representative on the Historic Vehicle Clubs Committee and in the early 1980s became its chairman. Recognising the risk that ill-conceived regulation from Brussels might cause more problems for the use of historic vehicles than anything that might originate in Westminster, he led the liaison with the Classic Vehicle Clubs Committee that culminated in HVCC and CVCC amalgamating as FBHVC in 1988 under Derek’s chairmanship. Having served a decade as chairman, Derek stood down in 1990 and was appointed FBHVC’s first vice-president, a role in which he continued to serve until his death.
We extend our sympathy to his wife, Hazel, and his family.