Lock Horsburgh, 1947-2023

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We found out today that Lock Horsburgh died earlier this week. It was sudden and we don’t yet know details of funeral arrangements but will circulate information as soon as it is available.

Lock was known to so many people in motorsport. It’s difficult to put into words quite how extensive his involvement in the sport was. Lock was so deeply embedded and committed to the sport that motorsport was written through him like a stick of rock.

He was a Stage Commander on the Jim Clark Rally and too many other events to mention and Chief Marshal on several events, including the Mull Rally. He was an enthusiastic radio marshal – Tartan 57 – and was a keen competitor too.

Lock was a longtime member of Glenrothes Motor Sport Club and a member of several other motorsport clubs.

Alongside his many marshalling commitments, he was previously on a number of committees for Motorsport UK, most recently as the regional representative for Scotland.

He was also an instrumental part of the management team of the Scottish Association of Motor Sport Clubs for many years, undertaking both the secretarial role and running the website.

Lock was passionate about communicating with the grass roots of motorsport, and ran a valued mailing list before this was superceded by social media. Whilst latterly he was often a key senior official, he continued to volunteer across the board, as comfortable running a control on a navigational road event as being chief marshal on another.

His passing leaves a huge hole in the sport, and he will be missed by a great number of people.

Rest in peace Commander Lock. You’re clear to stand down.


The funeral of Lock Horsburgh will be held on Tuesday 14th November at Kirkcaldy Crematorium at 3pm. There will be an opportunity to meet and share stories after the funeral at Oswald House Hotel (previously Dunnikier House Hotel).

The family would like to formally invite everyone who is able to attend in person to pay their respects to Lock to come along to the funeral and the hotel.

For those who can’t attend in person but still wish to pay their respects, there will be a live video link of the funeral – (Username: qove6394 / Password: 562140)

The family would also like to thank everyone for their kind words and support during this time.

Katy also has a special request for anyone coming along – she is hoping to collect as many memories and photos about Lock as she can and will be collecting them in a book dedicated to him. It can be as long or as short as you like, ie. helped him pull a car out a ditch at Otterburn; we went on a trip to x and he told me a story about…; his favourite saying was…

If people would prefer to have a memory prewritten/typed/sent in advance to add to the collection that would be welcome as well. Please send any memories/photos to Katy or Mike, or contact them if you have any queries.

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Rupert Hine

Rupert is Chair of SAMSC.

He has been involved in motorsport since 1994 (initially whilst studying at Edinburgh University). He has competed in Autotest, Navigational Rallies, Cross Country RTV Trials and Hill Rallies, and over the years he has done nearly all disciplines of the sport. He has organised many events and led the organising team which returned hill rallying to Scotland. He has also been involved in marshalling, radio, recovery, and rescue. He is Chair of Motorsport UK’s Cross-Country Committee and a member of the Motor Sports Council.