Driver Profile - Gavin Dawes
Gavin began racing at age of 34. He started home made go-karts series which raced on the the dirt touring car circuits in South-east Queensland. Finishing 2nd in 1991 and 3rd in 1992.
Started car racing.
Gavin is one of the few people who have made Morgan Park Raceway at Warwick into what it is today. If he was not at the race track improving the facilities or planning ways to make it bigger and better, you would probably find him in the shed working on a few race cars.
Throughout the years Gavin raced both Michael's and Rebecca's cars in various classes. In 1995 Gavin won Sportsman of the Year and finished 2nd in the SEQTCC.
Gavin has co-driven for various drivers in the endurance events. With Ross Johnson in 1996 driving a Valiant Charger, with son Michael in the endurance series in 1997. Gavin finished 2nd with daughter Rebecca in the WDSCC endurance race in 1998, 3rd in 1999, and 4th with Ross Smith in 1999 driving a Ford Falcon.
Gavin built his own Honda Civic to race against his kids in the production class.
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Gavin received the Warwick District Sporting Car Clubs highest award at the clubs annual dinner. He was presented with Life Membership for the dedicated hours of work over many years in the sport of motor racing at Morgan Park Raceway.
Mostly watch on from the sidelines. Had a few major operations which prevented him from racing.
Competed in the Morgan Park Raceway 50th Anniversary Race meeting and Morgan Parks Annual Night Race in his newly repainted and revamped Honda Civic.
Gavin was diagnosed with cancer in August 2007 and during his cancer treatment he built himself green Holden Gemini to compete in the QLD Supersprint Series.
Gavin Dawes: 19/09/55 - 11/10/08
"When one talks about Morgan Park Raceway, one name that has really come to the mind down the years is Gavin Dawes. Gavins death at the age of 53 after a long illness is a shock to everyone in motor racing. He was an active member/volunteer and life member of the Warwick District Sporting Car Club and a successful competitor along with his children Michael & Rebecca.
I am sure the thoughts of the Warwick sporting community are with Denise and their family.
Morgan Park Raceway won't quite be the same" -
Author - Warwick Daily News
"The Late Gavin Dawes:
Delegates noted with sadness the recent death of Gavin Dawes, Gavin passed away after a battle with cancer during which he maintained his interest in, and his contributions to, motor sport. Gavin Dawes is survived by his wife Denise and their children Michael and Rebecca. Gavin Dawes was the Vice President of the Warwick District Sporting Car Club and was also a Life Member in recognition of his multiple decades of involvement in and support of the Warwick District Sporting Car Club. Gavin commenced his motor sport involvement in a vehicle best described as a ‘home made kart’, was a founding competitor in ‘Short Circuit’ events which became immensely popular amongst clubs in the Darling Downs area of Queensland and was a driving force in the resurgence of ‘Supersprints’ at Morgan Park Raceway. The present status of Morgan Park Raceway owes much to Gavin Dawes arising from Gavin being one of the most significant contributors to the creation of the circuit as we now know it, Gavin and the small team with which he worked transformed Morgan Park Raceway from an unsealed venue into what is arguably Australia’s finest Club Circuit. This State Council extends its deepest sympathies to Gavin’s wife Denise, and to Gavin’s family and friends."
Racing News 2008