Final journey for Oogie to his favourite place

Oogie Barrett

Oogie Barrett

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A car enthusiast was given a send-off he would be proud of as he took his final journey on the dragstrip he loved so much.

Oogie Barrett was fanatical about Hot Rods and drag racing, and was a well-known face at Santa Pod Raceway near Wellingborough.

Tribute to Oogie Barrett

Tribute to Oogie Barrett

He lived just a few minutes from the track and was a regular visitor.

After losing a long battle with cancer on March 26 at the age of 57, family, friends and drag racers gave a fitting tribute to the car enthusiast.

A spokesman for Santa Pod said: “As an avid car enthusiast and former banger racer, Oogie’s customised coffin suitably lay in state at his garage, where he spent most of his time, before taking his final journey on Santa Pod’s dragstrip in the back of his beloved P100 pickup.

“Hundreds of friends and family gathered at the dragstrip to pay their final respects and watched as Oogie was followed up the track by members of his car club UK Street Machines and fellow drag racers.

“Thanks to Grant Pinney and David Hicks, the funeral directors who helped to organise this unique send off.”

Oogie’s partner Johanna was among those who helped organise the fond farewell attended by hundreds of people on April 15.