It was with great sadness that I was contacted by Caroline some time past midnight Saturday. Caroline messaged me to let me know of the passing of her husband Darren.
For everyone who does not know the history of 'Punks, Daz was a large influence on our little forum.
You see Daz was the main driving force and administrator of the MX5Nutz forum. He laboured long and hard, both on the technical side of running a forum, and with the inevitable social challanges it raises.
It would often be tribute in itself to say that while under the guiding hand of Darren, MX5Nutz was what many forums aspire to be. It was friendly, welcoming, and chock full of great technical knowledge. It was a place where people logged on to spend their spare time, chat to their friends and talk about every aspect of MX5 life, the atmosphere and comraderie at that time was palpable.
Over time, as people left MX5 ownership and continued to want to show with MX5Nutz I started combustionpunks V1.0 as a “legitimate” way to keep us all on one show stand, running the 2 in parallel on the same plot at shows. A move that may have led many community leaders to balk and stamp their feet. Daz was very supportive of 'Punks, recognising that there was digital space for us all. Many of the members here are also long standing members on the MX5Nutz forum.
I have spent many hours over the last few days talking to friends that I gained through MX5Nutz. one thing that we all agree on is that without MX5Nutz, our lives would be very different, the activities that we have done, and the longstanding friendships forged. there are even a few of us that met our life partners through that forum (@painterdave and @Emily, @Isomx and @maisiemk1 ) I believe that many are still counting up the full affect of Daz and his actions in their lives
I for one believe my life would be a much poorer circumstance if it wasn’t for the forum that Daz run, and the My Car family that grew out of it. This is, in many ways is a celebration of my friends, and a recognition of how I came to meet so very many of you.
I think @Isomx covered it well with one of his posts on facebook. I hope that he doesn’t mind me lifting his words:-
Many many years ago a man threw a tiny pebble in a lake. It was just a tiny pebble, and it was a very big lake, but an ever growing circular ripple grew from that pebble spreading further and wider, and as other people saw this ripple, they all turned to see where it had came from and in looking they for the first time saw each other.
At first all they did was look, but now they had seen each other, it wasn’t long before they communicated, and as they communicated they grew to know each other, soon it wasn’t long before they started making an effort to traverse the distances between them to meet, travelling in directions they never realised they’d have a reason to travel in, and in meeting they realised they enjoyed each others company, and in travelling they realised they’d ended up in places they never imagined. Before long these complete strangers that were previously unaware of each others existence were no longer strangers, and the destination of their lives had changed entirely.
Today I found out the man who threw that first pebble, passed away on Wednesday, and as I look back on my life the last few years, I realise just how significant a man I’d never met in person, and that tiny pebble was.
For my part, I was lucky enough to have met Daz, and talk to him at meets, as well as on the forum.
Thank you Daz… you will not be soon forgotten, and the echos of your influence will continue for many years to come.