Caption: Pye Motors Director, Rally Driver and Motorcar Enthusiast
An extremely well-liked pillar of the community with the greatest of humour. Tony had a gift of making people smile.
Born in Keighley, moving to Morecambe at the age of 14. Tony’s mother and aunt ran a guest house on Sefton Road, West End. There were many a summers evening with Tony and his brother sleeping in the coal house to make good use of their bedrooms for holidaymakers.
Tony joined Pye Motors as a Salesman, working his way up to Sales Director and helping Pye to be the thriving success that it is today.
Tony’s passion with motor vehicles and everything connected to them, a well-known and respected member of the Morecambe Car Club. Competing from the 1960s right through to the early 2010s, with a very quick and flamboyant driving style.
In the 1960s, he competed in Hillman Imps, doing the famous RAC Rallies and having support from the competitions department at Hillman in preparation and access to works spec modifications. In his later years, Tony competed in many historic events in a Jaguar Mk1 and an Xk140. This hobby saw him travel all over Europe and even into Africa for many events and adventures.
Tony was also an avid collector of World War Two military vehicles during the 1970s and 80s, with his house known fondly by neighbours as the ‘Army Camp’, due to the various vehicles which would always be occupying the driveway!
Married to Janet for 55 years, the couple lived in Hest Bank and have two sons; Nick, who runs Pye Motors – third generation in its 93rd year – and the late David, who passed away tragically in July. He also leaves three granddaughters and a great grandson, Riley.
Tony Payne passed away at St Wilfrid’s Nursing home in Halton on September 27 2018.