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VALE: Graham Acreman

Queensland karting identity Graham Acreman, better known as “Akka”, passed away peacefully on the weekend after a long battle with heart problems. He was 53.

from Mal Walker

"Graham was only in the sport of karting a relatively small time but made quite an impact at the Ipswich Kart Club and in SE Queensland. Graham started karting in 2007 at the ripe old age of 48, but with his previous experience in other motor sports in his younger life, including rally, sports sedans and sprint cars, he quickly found his feet in karting.

Graham made his impact in the sport quickly through his larrikin personality where nobody was safe from his digs and jokes. Although very competitive on the track, he was best known for helping out anybody who was having trouble with their kart. On any given club meet Graham would  be busy in between races helping other people, especially new comers with anything from a wheel alignment to an engine swap. Being a mechanic by trade, he had the skills to make a difference.

One karter once commented that Graham would quite happily remove his own axle and install it in someone else’s kart if he thought it would help."

from Gerry Brookes

"A good mate and a great asset to the sport of kart racing, Graham "akka" Acreman, has passed away after a long battle with heart problems. Akka was the type of guy that would put you before himself, would loan you anything, and when they wouldn't let him race anymore, he gave young aspiring drivers a shot in his karts. A top bloke, and will be sadly missed."