One of the great characters of the TARGA family has left us to join other TARGA Legends out on the course in heaven.
Mac Russell will be sincerely missed by everyone involved in TARGA Tasmania and our sincere condolences go to his courageous and loyal wife, Marj, along with all their family and friends.
Mac first competed in TARGA Tasmania in 1993, competing in 27 events (21 with Marj by his side), being inducted into the TARGA Hall of Fame in 2007 before ultimately being inducted into the extremely exclusive Hall of Fame Legends section at the 25th Anniversary event in 2016. Marj joined Mac as a Legend in 2019.
For those who have been around TARGA Tasmania for a long time, they will always remember Mac & Marj in their open-top Morgan, smiling no matter what the weather had in store for them and competing in the true spirit of TARGA, always ensuring they were there at the finish and winning a coveted TARGA Plate.
Many won’t know that Mac played in a key role in the formation of RallySafe, an incredible technological marvel now used in rallying all around the world. With that in mind, we felt it was appropriate for one of RallySafe’s founders, Stephen Sims to share with us his memories of Mac:
It is with great sadness that we have recently learned of the passing of a great legend in ‘Mac Russell’.
Mac has been a long-term friend of mine as well as a mentor and inspiration in so many ways.
I have worked for, competed against, and partnered with him on various occasions.
Many might not know but Mac was an integral part of the birth and creation of ‘RallySafe’.
From early day financial support to becoming a long-time advocate for the technology through to business advising as the company grew outside of the nation’s shores.
By me, my team and anybody that knew him he will be dearly missed.
Have a drink and BIG cigar on Monday 19 June when we say farewell.
May Mac rest in peace having lived an incredible and rewarding life.