Tragic crash claims life of car racer Al

Al Fleming
Al Fleming
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The funeral takes place next week of Dr Al Fleming, a well-known chemical engineering boss and motor racing enthusiast.

Dr Fleming, who was 69, died in an accident at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany on April 11, during qualifying at a Jim Clark memorial contest.

His wife Val and son Nick were present at the event, and tributes were paid to Dr Fleming at the trackside.

Nick later said the family had received enormous support from the motor racing fraternity, which had eased a lot of the anguish of the last few days.

Dr Fleming, of Upper Largo, was the co-founder of chemical engineering companies Alval Engineering,in Leven, and Scott Process Technology in Anstruther.

A highly accomplished entrant in historic motor sport, he combined working around the world with the pastime he loved, also offering tremendous support to Nick (38), who became a successful motor racing competitor in his own right.

Originally from Liverpool, Dr Fleming, who would have turned 70 in June, came to Scotland as a young man to study chemical engineering at Edinburgh University and there he met Val, who was studying chemistry.

The couple were married for 45 years.

Dr Fleming later worked at Henry Balfour’s in Leven, while doing a phD in chemical engineering.

He and Val branched out together and founded Alval Engineering – named after themselves – around the mid-1970s.

The company, based in Leven’s Banbeath industrial estate, went on to employ around 50-60 people.

In later years, Alval Engineering was sold and made way for consultant engineering firm Scott Process Technology, where Nick is now a director.

Both Dr Fleming and his wife were motor sport devotees from an early age and took part in rallies together in their university days.

Val provided tremendous support for her husband and son over the years, while the couple were also involved with event organisation and the sport’s governing bodies.

Dr Fleming, a past president of the Rotary Club of Leven, had been involved in racing since his teens and he later competed in events with Nick, who said: “He has been a massive support in all the things I’ve done. Mum, in organising us, was the team principal.”

The family’s racing car collection includes two 1963 Lotus Elans, A Chevron B36 two-litre model from the 1970s, a 1969 Chevron B8 sports car, and a Formula II model from 1977.

As well as Val and Nick, Dr Fleming is survived by his daughter, Sam (41). His funeral is at 11.45 a.m. on April 30 at Kirkcaldy Crematorium.