Local Rotary Club’s ‘Peter Pan’ member

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NOT TOO many Rotary Clubs have past presidents whose hobby is flying round the racing circuits of Europe in vintage cars!

However the Monifieth and District Club has just such a man.

John Fyda, one of several Peter Pans in the Rotary Club, has proved yet again that you can’t keep a good man down.

Barely a year after he broke both legs in a smash not of his own making at Donington Park, Scottish Formula Junior ace John Fyda was the toast of the GP de l’Age d’Or event that celebrated 40 years of the Circuit Dijon-Prenois in France in June.

Second to Manfredo Rossi di Montelara’s similar Lotus 22 in the Saturday opener, the 67-year-old won the FIA Lurani Trophy round on aggregate with a stunning Sunday victory.

“I fell to seventh at the start, but soon realized they weren’t going away from me,” said the local man. “Then I started to move forward.”

With Rossi out early with a dead engine, and following a safety car, Fyda slipstreamed past the Lotus 27 of Urs Eberhardt to secure the prize.

Mr Fyda, head of a precision engineering company in Dundee, has been racing cars of many descriptions for many years. He was president of Monifieth and District Rotary Club in 1990/’91.

The club’s present president, Stuart Robison, said: “We are all very proud of John. We have members over a fairly wide age range, but John is a great example to us all to stay young in spirit and in physical and mental achievement.”