I knew Ray from my time at Porsche Cars Australia. I was lucky enough to work for him on his 993 and Viper a few times. Ray was a Racer......'absolute. I heard the sad news from a friend visiting us in Switzerland quite some time later. After a large cognac at home I looked into the memories. The last time I spoke with Ray was before the Melbourne GP in 2010, keen to shoot the breeze about my last 10 years of Motorsport in Europe and his in Oz. I was interested to know if he would be there. He told me he didn't think so as he was "not so good'. He told me modestly that he had a problem and he had a challenging situation. I wished him the best of luck, and was sorry that we could not catch up this time. I thanked him also for showing a western suburbs lad, just how he went about things and let him know his style had been imprinted. One thing that you realize in today’s automotive business, as the manufacturers streamline, overtake and own strings of dealers as part of the global plan is; in that process, characters like Ray Lintott will not be repeated. In my best Australian /German translation, he was ‘echt ein Automan, einer der letzten’. He was a real an 'Automan', one of the last.... Sometimes inspirational characters you meet help add up your own sum of possibilities for you. That sum sets you on the path and then you go. , Ray was one of the blokes that made me think ‘go for it, give it a go” Thank you very much for that Ray, thank you for showing me where to hit the apex! Ian
There once was a man called Ray Who sold new and used cars for his pay The Porsche ones he used to race Leaving others behind with his pace His other hobby was to wine and dine Which he would do rain hail or shine He often told bad and corny jokes Which were laughed at only by blokes Ray had three great kids all now grown Each of them now with kids of their own He got himself a great country wife Who stood by him whole of his life She looked after him through thick and thin Which always accounted for his cheesey grin They travelled the world and the seven seas Forever a pod with only two peas Together they had a great life admired by all They shared many moments great and small Sadly now Ray has left us behind After all his pain, he has gone to unwind For ever I will remember him as a great mate Whose friendship was only ever true and straight He taught me so much over the years He really has earnt all of our tears. We love you Ray. Best of luck on your journey.
Ray and Penny were always interesting and interested and did more during Ray's lifetime than most people could even contemplate. Also, their family is a credit to them both and will be a great future comfort to Penny I, together with my Lyn, always felt privleged to enjoy Ray and Penny's friendship and share in some of their more important family moments Ray was unbelievably grounded about his illness, but, no doubt it was stressful for all the family My genuine sympathies to Penny and the family on Ray's passing but quite a life to celebrate Ian Dale and Family
Some of my best childhood memories are of time spent with the Lintotts. Christmas, Easter, weekends, Pitt lanes, Aspen, Noosa, boats, Li Rose with the lazy susans and Bathurst! Always loved being at their house growing up. Loved hearing about the boy from Wagga stories. Ray was always good for big warm hugs and funny but weird jokes that Paige and I never quite got. "What's the difference between a bird" that was it... Ray would be doing that big belly laugh he did. I never got it but he thought it was hilarious. I have a big soft spot for my god father. Thoughts and Prayers with Penny, Paige, Martin and Amanda. Rest in peace and drive fast Ray! xxx
My enduring memory of ray was a man who possessed an enthusiasm for new ideas, a curiosity for all things mechanical and a humily that belied a very successful career in the automotive industry. Ray would not let any mountain stand in his way as it always appeared to him as an invitation to conquer it. I was touched by Ray's generosity of spirit, his sense of humour and the love he had for his family. David Goodrich (friend of daughter Amanda)
We started at South Wagga Public School on the same day in May 1955- Ray transferring from another school , me from Gundagai, after my family moved to Wagga Wagga. We remained firm friends during and after school-I ended up buying two cars from Ray a HR Holden (1967) and a SRL 2250 Torana (1970) when he Worked for Wagga Motors . Ray's sucess in the motor industry is to be admired.