A former Formula 1 mechanic and Eynsham driving instructor has been killed in a motorbike crash on the Isle of Man.
John Greenwell, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene on the Creg Ny Baa, on the B12, at about 1pm on Thursday.
The Hanborough Close resident was riding a new Kawasaki zx14R when his family said he lost control.
The grandfather-of-three arrived on the island, off the coast of Cumbria, last Monday to tour with three biker friends.
His son Johnny said: “He went in style doing what he loved.”
Mr Greenwell was born in Croydon, London, and worked as a mechanic in Formula 1 for McLaren, Tyrrell and Jackie Stewart’s Stewart Grand Prix team, for the Banbury-based ProDrive rally team and in Moto GP motorbike racing.
As a Formula 1 mechanic he worked in pits at Grand Prix across the world, his family said.
Mr Greenwell – who had a lifelong passion for motorbikes – moved to Oxfordshire 22 years ago, to Eynsham.
He ran the John Greenwell School of Motoring in Oxford for the past eight years and worked as a lorry driver for Asda in Didcot.
Stepson Stuart Tinson, 27, said: “John wasn’t a racer. He lost his friends and went down a country road at low speed and somehow lost control of his motorbike.”
He said: “John was a much-loved guy and touched everybody who had the pleasure of meeting him.”
He said his stepfather also enjoyed clay pigeon shooting and flying planes at Enstone Flying Club.
Mr Tinson thanked the “great and loyal” friends who were with Mr Greenwell on the Isle of Man – Graham Arnott, Stephen John Manners and Bob Bryant.
He said: “I will personally never forget the efforts you all went through despite the ordeal that faced you. You are heroes in all of our eyes and we thank you so much for the part you all played.
“We also appreciate all of the heart-wrenching condolences from all of our friends and the people that loved John and we thank you for all of your support to try to get us through the tough times we’re currently facing.”
Mr Greenwell leaves partner of 19 years Jackie Tinson, 55, stepdaughter Nicola Tinson, 28, and stepson Stuart Tinson.
He was dad to Graham, 26, and Johnny Greenwell, 28, and was brother to William, 51, and Helen Greenwell, 60.
He also leaves grandchildren Amelia and Mason, both two, and Johnnie Junior, six. Son Johnny wrote on the Isle of Man Police Facebook page: “He loved his bikes. At least he went in style doing what he loved.”
Isle of Man Police said officers were called at about 1pm to a motorcycle that had left the road.
A statement said: “Emergency services attended but sadly the rider of the machine was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Those who want to attend the funeral should contact Stuart Tinson at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
9:00am Monday 26th January 2015
CITY council tenants’ satisfaction with their homes has plummeted over the past year.
5:00pm Monday 26th January 2015
A TEENAGER accused of knowingly digging holes to bury murdered Jayden Parkinson has been "playing stupid to win over the jury", the prosecution said.
1:59pm Monday 26th January 2015
ONE lane of the London Road, Headington, has been closed after a manhole collapsed.
8:30am Monday 26th January 2015
AN INTREPID missing cat has been found in Bicester, 200 miles from its home.
8:00am Monday 26th January 2015
MORE than 12,000 people turned out for the official opening of the £9m Leys Pools and Leisure Centre at the weekend when fees were waived.
7:00am Monday 26th January 2015
SCHOOLS in Oxfordshire are set to lose out on nearly £450,000 in extra funding.