The co-founder/owner of Bamboo Engineering, Nigel Vaulkhard, has passed away after a mountain bike accident.
Vaulkhard, who founded Bamboo alongside Richard Coleman in 2009, was airlifted to hospital after the accident, but sadly succumbed to his injuries.
In 2009 Vaulkhard partnered up with Coleman to found Bamboo after being involved in racing all his life, and was a well-known and well-liked figure in the Touring Car paddock where the team made their name.
“Nigel and I started working together in late 2008 and since then became very close friends,” said Coleman. “Nigel co-founded Bamboo and was a driving force in the team – his passion, commitment and belief in the team was unparalleled.
“We finished third in an FIA World Championship last year and were crowned independent champions – an achievement Nigel was very proud of. I was extremely proud to have Nigel as my best man at my wedding last year.”
Despite the tragic news of Vaulkhard’s passing, the Craft-Bamboo team will still race in this weekend’s WEC Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, although with heavy hearts.
This writer, on behalf of The Checkered Flag, offers our condolences to the family and friends of Nigel at this tragic point in time.