‘Mark’s legacy will live on’ - Friends’ promise after photographer loses cancer battle
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Friends of a motorsport photographer who died of lung cancer have promised 'his legacy will live on'.
Mark Callf died on Thursday night, less than two months after being told that his cancer was terminal.
Deciding he'd 'rather go out with a bang than sit down and go out with a whimper', he set about living out his dreams with friends from Norfolk's close-knit customised car community.
They included a ride in a drift car at the Norfolk Arena, a visit to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and seeing his own car, Spirit, customised by friends.
In January, fellow Street Elite member Karl Gore organised a car meet in Mr Callf's honour at Broadland Business Park attended by more than 500 cars and 1,000 people, to raise money for Norfolk cancer charity Big C.
The 34-year-old of Weston Court, Old Catton, said: 'They will carry on his legacy in the drifting scene.
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'It could be by naming a championship or a trophy after him, but his name will live on.
'I plan to carry on organising meets to raise money, and they will have Mark's name too.'
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Mr Callf had lived in Vauxhall Street in Norwich, but moved in with friends in Jasmine Court in Attleborough after being told his cancer was terminal.
Mr Gore said that the meet on January 17, when drivers and car-owners came from across the country to pay their respects to the man who had photographed them for years, had moved Mr Callf.
'He was just overwhelmed by it. He couldn't believe that there were so many new faces and so many old faces, and he loved catching up with them,' he said.
Days after his diagnosis, Mr Callf said: 'You can't be angry at it because it's one of those things. You can't be sad at it because I've had a great life.'
And in a message to his friends, he said: 'I wish them all the luck in the world, all the best fortune and happiness, and I wish I could be there to share it with them. But fate has decided otherwise.
'So that's me saying: have fun; enjoy yourselves; enjoy life.'
Would you like to pay tribute to Mr Callf? Email firstname.lastname@example.org