Canada lost one of its great road racing heroes yesterday, as Greg Cox succumbed to a battle with cancer.
Born almost within hearing distance of Mosport, Greg started fast on two wheels but is probably best remembered for his spectacular success in sidecars with partner Bill Davidson.
His first racing was in Florida in 1973, where he won his first race and also the Florida State Championship for Open Modified Production Bikes.
Back in Canada he teamed up with Davidson, becoming the first rookie team to win the North American Sidecar Championship, plus the Canadian title, repeating in 1975.
On two wheels, he rode with the fabled Lester Wheels team for both sprint and endurance racing, winning numerous titles in the U.S. and Canada, including the 24 Hours of Nelson Ledges.
He was always a delightful gentleman, and a great laugh to be around.
When Bondo and I got into vintage racing, we were horrified to see someone of Greg’s calibre on the grid. I told him that if he hit me, I was going to come back and haunt him. He just laughed, and told me not to worry; if he hit me, it wouldn’t be an accident and I’d deserve it.
He’s going to be missed.