"Big" George Gervais was an SCRA Sprint Car Driver that
passed away on March 8, 2002 from respiratory complications. He
suffered injuries as a result of a crash at Perris Auto Speedway on
July 28, 2001. Since then, George was under medical care and is survived by his wife Kim, daughters Amber & Ali, mother Betty, & father George. Anyone wishing to make donations to help the family, may do so at "Big George Gervais Recovery Fund" at Temecula Valley Bank, 41500 Ivy Street, Murrieta, CA 92562.
George was one of the true characters in the sport. His white #9 was adorned with green flames. To hear George tell it, this was due to the fact that he was burning up money in his race car.
I first met George in late 2000 at Manzanita. He had signed a photo of his #9 in action that I had brought with me.
After the race, the racers and fans headed to a popular restaurant for an early breakfast or a late meal. I happened to be in the parking lot with Dean Mills, the SCRA videographer, when "Big" George and his crew were walking up. Dean jokingly yelled out to him "...in the way Gervais.." George stopped and then walked over and said "I used to be in the way of the slow cars, but now I'm in the way of the fast guys." We had a laugh and I made it a point from then on to say hello to him whenever I could.
During the 2001 Midwest tour, I ran into George several times. One particular instance was at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City. I had known that George had liked his toys, as he would race a radio controlled truck through the PAS pits. On this occasion, George showed me some pictures of him on his quad in the desert. That may not sound like
much, but the pictures were of him on his quad and he was jumping over a couch that was on fire. That, coupled with his photo handouts of his #9 on fire at Manzanita were priceless. George liked to have fun and it showed.