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Anonymous 24-11-2018

We first met David in February 1979 at Rowrah. It was my first time driving a kart as a Junior, and we had no idea what to do. David took time from his day to help us out, and even test drove the kart for me as it hadn't turned a wheel. After confirming that all was safe, he explained how we would start it, and offered helpful hints to a complete novice. Almost 40 years on, I still remember him as a super fellow, and he couldn't have been nicer. he was a great driver and an even greater person.

Neil Smith 30-03-2012

Thoughts are with your family today.

Neil Smith 30-03-2012

Thoughts are with your family today.

Phil Steptoe 30-03-2010

As a mechanic for reynard racing I have Fond memories of David,when he was driving for 'Reynard FF2000 works team 1979' alongside Mike o'brien (Dukes pallets and Girobank) He won the Shell championship that year... Will post some photos from that time...

A perfect gentleman off the tack and a true race on it. A sad loss to his friends in the world of motorsport but a sadder loss to his close friends and family. Truely one of a kind.

David at work 16-04-2008

alan hamill 16-04-2008

sadly missed probably by all us motorsport fans he is up beside colin now rip david

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Anonymous 13-04-2008

My meeting with David was very brief in the days he raced for Nissan. He shook my hand and came across as a very friendly gentleman. My thoughts are with his family for such a very sad loss. kindest regards from NZ.

Anonymous 13-04-2008

Goodbye my friend and rest in peace; a truly tragic loss. Our thoughts are with your family.

Anonymous 13-04-2008

i have just learned of your passing,you will be missed i thank you for the joy you have given my kids,plus bits of your cars,they will treasure these forever,it was fun meeting you at limerock usa when we spent a lot of time together

Anonymous 13-04-2008

It is a great loss he was a fantastic person and a great driver my thoughts are with his family

Anonymous 12-04-2008

the sad loss of a true scottish gentleman.

Anonymous 10-04-2008

I met David at Knockhill in preparation for the Honda CRX Challenge and went with the team to Brands Hatch for the first race Spent the weekend with the team drinking and having a laugh. David was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He will be sadly missed by us all

Anonymous 08-04-2008

I never knew David personally but often saw him with his son at Classic car events and race meetings where we had a trade stand selling memorabilia and he often stopped to look for programmes and souvenirs of his racing career. He was such a genuine, nice family man, my condolences to all his family

Anonymous 08-04-2008

My family knew of David from his karting days and we were all shocked and saddened by the tragic news. He was fantastic to watch and the sport has lost a great racer and a great man. Sincere condolences to Davids family and also of the others who lost their lives.

Anonymous 07-04-2008

A sad day for all that knew and met David, great memories knowing him through work and play at G & G,CRX racing and DLR .

Anonymous 06-04-2008

Another great Scot When I started writing the feature on Jim Clark in this issue - a man I prize as the greatest F1 driver of all time – I never dreamed I would end it paying tribute to another great Scot. A man who was godfather to my son Sam, and to whose elder son Graham I fulfill a similar role. This is personal, so if that makes you squeamish, read something else. Friendship doesn’t get closer than that. Sunday had started with the prospect of flight to Bahrain, become chaotic with the News of the World allegations about Max Mosley, and ended in the frustration of irregular internet access in Dubai. I saw a story on aol about a plane crash, but kept losing the line and didn’t access it. Hours later, in Bahrain, I received the sort of phone call that leaves you numb. The news that David Leslie had been among those who perished when their Cessna Citation had lost an engine on take-off from Biggin Hill on Sunday afternoon. ‘DL’ was not a Formula One driver, though he did drive the Durex Chevron B41 in the Aurora F1 series in 1979. But he could have been. He had the speed in Formula Three to lead races despite his Hope Scott Racing team’s tiny budget in 1981, and he put the pretty little Magnum 833 on the pole for the opening race of 1983 at Silverstone. Martin Brundle was one of the guys behind him that day, and so was an upcoming Brazilian called Ayrton Senna da Silva, who was so miffed he could only assume that David was cheating. But David was never the sort of guy who had to resort to underhand behaviour. Sure, he ribbed the hell out of me the time I wrote a Karting magazine column erroneously describing him as Tom’s godfather, and he never let me live that down. But he was as honest as he was Scottish. The Leslies lived in Carlisle for a long time after he moved down from his native Dumfriesshire, before they settled near Banbury. When he and Jane, the niece of Lola founder Eric Broadley, first got together, one of his earliest comments to her was: “Racing comes first.” Man, we used to tease him about that. And his habitually taciturn, “Aye, how do?” greeting. How many times did we drive home from dinner with them, or from the occasional holiday, and for Trish to say to me, “Did you know DL is driving at so and so…?” And she would know far more about his plans than I, the so-called pro journalist, had ever been able to winkle out of him. At Cadwell Park one year somebody parked a motorcycle right in the Jedi team’s camp. Just as I was about to go into my usual crass sort of ‘Which idiot left that there?’ routine, up popped DL with that bearded grin of his, having ridden over from Banbury specifically to watch Tom race. I can still see the doubt on his face as we watched him overtaking Adam Saward going into the Mountain, something neither of us had ever seen done previously, before Adam negated the bold and successful move by simply pushing Tom on to the grass on the exit. David rarely gave much away, but I think he was impressed that day. I certainly was. A champion in Formula Ford and a star in sports and touring cars, DL was also a great guy, a devoted family man, and a racer to the core. He and his Dad, ‘Father David,’ discovered David Coulthard in 1989 when he drove for their Formula Ford team, and nurtured the careers of Le Mans winner Allan McNish and Indianapolis 500 victor Dario Franchitti. I’ve never had to write quite this sort of valediction before. It hurts terribly. As a racer, David Leslie was great; but as a mate he was even greater. As a family, we are eviscerated by his loss. This weekend, as everyone else talks of the Bahrain GP or scandals involving other motorsport figures, I want the world to know how fiercely, fiercely proud we are of a man who was truly worth knowing. David Tremayne Taken from Bahrain GP issue, Grand Prix + ezine

Anonymous 06-04-2008

All the way back to Caldew Gate and the Garage, One of the nicest and most unaffected men I have ever know. He deserves his memory and his many friends, all of whom will miss him terribly. My sincere condolances to his family

Anonymous 05-04-2008

I sat next to you in a 12 car night navigational rally in the 70's. I was pretending to navigate and you were driving the wheels of a Fiat 127 "demonstrater" borrowed from your dad's garage in Carlisle. We met by chance 30 odd years later at Oxford Services and you were the same uncomplicated lovely guy. We spent 30 minutes catching up on 30 years. You will be sadly missed David.

Anonymous 05-04-2008

Gail and I remember the last time we spoke with you, in the paddock at Le Mans. We will treasure this memory forever. A sad loss for motorsport, but an even greater loss to the wider world. A nicer. kinder gentleman will be hard to find. RIP David, Gail and Adrian Streather, Switzerland.

Anonymous 05-04-2008

As the Nissan BTCC press officer back in the mid-ninetees, I have very fond memories of David and Anthony Reid. Somehow they made cold, wet weekends at the likes of Croft circuit bearable. My heart goes out to Jane and the kids.