Michael Owen was a true racing fan. Many of us love the noise and the thrill of observing races, but few would move our homes closer to a track in order to better hear the roar of engines and qualify for free admission given to residents in the vicinity of the Brands Hatch circuit. Bitten by the auto and racing bug early; Owen used to listen to recordings of engine sounds in his boyhood and he enjoyed watching the racing action at the English circuit for nearly 50 years before he succumbed to kidney cancer in February.
Fittingly, Owen's daughter arranged the ultimate racing fan sendoff, a lap of the track via hearse. The local Ferrari agent lent a 360 to the affair in honor of Owen's avid affection of the Prancing Horse. Even in passing, the plan is to keep Owen close enough to Brands Hatch that he'd still qualify for his resident pass - his ashes will be scattered in Church Wood.