Racing club pays tribute to ‘couperman’ from Cousland

East Fortune race circuit held the inaugural Andrew Couper Trophy race on August 18, in memory of a well-respected sidecar racer who had recently passed away and was affectionately known to everyone as 'Couperman'.

East Fortune race circuit held the inaugural Andrew Couper Trophy race on August 18, in memory of a well-respected sidecar racer who had recently passed away and was affectionately known to everyone as 'Couperman'.

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Melville Racing Club recently held a race in honour of a Cousland man who volunteered at their East Fortune base for over 20 years.

Andrew Couper, who was a keen sidecar racer and an integral part of the club, passed away this year aged 54.

Andrew volunteered at East Fortune Airfield every Sunday and became Melville Racing Club secretary in 1995.

During his time in the position he personally fitted the mains water into the paddock, which now supplies toilets, showers, a cafe and a pub. Proper drainage and generator power followed from this initiative.

Most recently he wanted to build a spectator shelter and so the ‘Andrew Couper Shelter’ will be built in his memory at East Fortune.

And on August 18 the first Andrew Couper Trophy sidecar race was held and is expected to become an annual event. The programme notes that day described Andrew as being “instrumental in the revival of East Fortune”.