A MAN responsible for the world's fastest drag racing car in its class has died.
Bernard Hepworth, of Golcar, will be remembered by motor sports enthusiasts from around the world for his work on drag-racing supercars and bikes.
Mr Hepworth, 54, died on November 25 from a very rare form of bone cancer. He left a widow, Diane, and three children, Sally, Karen and Steven.
He was born at Church Street, Golcar, and was educated at St John's CE School and later at Colne Valley High School.
He left at 15 to become an apprentice joiner and worked as a lorry and crane driver before starting up his own double-glazing business in Town End, Golcar.
His interest in motor sport began when he was a young man. His hobby was riding and repairing motorcycles.
He then joined Huddersfield Falcons Motorcycle Club and rode in club events before turning to drag-racing at Crosland Hill airfield, on a Kawasaki 750H2 bike.
He became hooked on the sport and quickly turned his attention to building and racing powerful bikes.
Mr Hepworth moved into cars and developed a number of super-fast machines.
After cutting his teeth on Super Gas and Pro-Modified cars, he built a Top Alcohol Funny Car, which covered the ¼-mile drag strip in just 6.5 seconds.
His expertise attracted the attention of professional racing teams and Mr Hepworth found himself working in Malta for a team using US cars.
An engine was built in England and shipped to Malta where he and the Borge Brothers Racing Team put together what is now the fastest dragster in its class, which touches 240mph.
His final project was back on two wheels, when he developed a 2.5 litre nitro-methane injected Top Fuel Supertwin bike, producing 550 brake horsepower.
But last October, he found he had developed cancer and lost his battle for life at Kirkwood Hospice, Dalton.
His funeral service was at Huddersfield Crematorium.