That is my dad Mervyn Fox on the back page of the Rocklea Trotting Club booklet.
Like me, he was a practicing solicitor until his death in 1999 at age 82. Jim McGill and Dad were best friends and had morning tea every Monday at the Shingle Inn in Edward Street. Jim and Dad re-established the Licencees Assistance Association Inc in 1962 and acted as Honorary Solicitor until his death and I took over. Dad loved Rocklea and it was just as prestigious as the QTC and the BATC. The start of night racing at Albion Park changed things. However, Dad had a winner on the opening night with his trotter "Amocon" with Rod Belford in the sulky. There was a spectacular 7 horse fall on the home turn and Amocon tip-toed through the carnage to dash away and win. Amocon also won the Ekka trotting final in 1968 the night my younger brother was born - Dad at the Ekka and mum at the Mater although young baby Dan got to sleep his first night with a blue Ekka sash! Dad and Mum raced many good horses including Sunset Red (Gunsynd's full brother) who won a McKell Cup for Pat Murray, ran a gallant fifth in a Doomben Cup and unluckily got ballotted out of the 1973 Melbourne Cup on the Saturday Night before.
Dad and I raced horses until the end (and I still do). His last good horses were metropolitan winners Beachboydreams and Zedara with Roy Dawson.
Dad loved racing and racing people AND helping people. I fear the end of an era.
He was a member of the QTC for decades until his death and got buried wearing his last members badge. He would despair at what has become of his once great Club, its sale to developers and the fact that (unlike Rocklea), racing is NOT its core business. I dread to think what he would have thought about the billboard in Nudgee Road "More than Just Racing" without Eagle Farm.
Jim McGill and Dad got my membership at QTC put though the committee (thank you David Laing) the day before my 18th birthday in 1982 as my main birthday present. Mum says I should run for the Board this year. A life in racing, 35 years a member, 30 years a solicitor, charity committees, horses here there and everywhere, turn up every metropolitan meeting...aah problem... I have no interest in property development or real estate. No chance. Mirvac and Lendlease will make sure of that. So sad.