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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Laughter rang out around a south Norfolk church as a congregation recalled the life of a popular former stock car racer, who became well known for his custom cars.
The Rev David Hill, rector of the Six Parishes, provided wellwishers packed into St Mary the Virgin church in Banham with a number of amusing anecdotes about the life of George Foulger, who died on March 8 aged 88.
The coffin of the former serviceman, who was born in Banham, arrived for Thursday’s service in a hearse with a wreath in the shape of a car and was followed into the church by relatives, including his grand niece Sarah Foulger, director at Banham Poultry.
He was a popular figure in the area through his cars, which were created in a personal style, including a Ford Popular with a Jaguar V12 engine, while he also raced stock cars regularly in Norwich.
But he also enjoyed the good life and Rev Hill joked about how on one occasion he had been drinking and returned to a friend’s house, where the group noticed a spider on the ceiling, which Mr Foulger promptly removed using his friend’s 12 bore gun.
Another time, he kicked up a lot of dust outside a Norwich garage in a Ford car he had just souped up, while Rev Hill remarked that parties could sometimes end with flour bombs being thrown.
Mr Foulger, who died at Brooklyn House nursing home in Attleborough, also had many tools at his home, which he was happy to lend to friends, such as the owner of a self-catering van who needed to heat a griddle and was presented with the burner from a hot air balloon.
Rev Hill also described how the army veteran, who served in Burma, became passionate about racing cars after visiting Snetterton race track as a child, though he was never happy to just be a spectator and started creating custom cars, including his beloved BRM.
“A life lived to the full, a real character who will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. May he rest in peace and rise in glory,” Rev Hill added.
Relatives of Mr Foulger read a number of poems during the service and the hymns The Lord’s My Shepherd and The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended were also sung, while friends of Mr Foulger brought along a number of custom cars as a special tribute.
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