Photo / Ben Fraser
A 61-year-old Napier car enthusiast, husband and father,
killed when his Ferrari crashed at a Taupo race track this
week, built a career constructing commercial swimming pools,
including several at Sea World.
Andrew Gordon Bass died in Taupo Hospital from the injuries
he received when his 360 Spider slammed into a tyre wall at
the Taupo Motorsport Park about 1pm on Monday.
The 61-year-old was taking part in the Hawke's Bay Club's
annual track day.
John McMillin said his son in law was "like a mate to me and
more like a brother".
He said Andy was a "great golfing partner" and spent 28 years
in Australia building commercial swimming pools for hotels,
apartments and several projects at Sea World on the Gold
"He was a car enthusiast, he loved his Ferrari. He had two
actually, one in Aussie and one here, which he kept in my
garage. He also had an old Merc and a Harley Davidson motor
Andy had only recently toured Europe as a member of the
Australian Ferrari club, when he and 25 other Ferrari drivers
made their way to the famous sports car's factory in Italy.
"They were going to do another tour shortly ... he would take
his Ferrari out for drives in the country side," Mr McMillin
The director of Florida Construction and 458 Construction
leaves behind his wife, Lyndy Bass , four children and seven
grandchildren, which he "adored".
A service to celebrate Mr Bass' life will be held at the
Mission Estate on Church Rd, Taradale on Friday at 2pm.
Mr McMillin said as soon as he heard news of Monday's crash
he and his wife drove straight to Taupo to be with Lyndy, who
was at the track at the time of the crash.
"They were both from Napier and they met over in Australia
and got married over there," he said of his daughter and
"It's really sad. We will just have to battle through the
next few days. He only arrived back in Napier last Saturday
and was due to head back to Brisbane in five weeks to finish
another construction project."
The 61-year-old was also a "good tradesman" and was
renovating an old cedar wood house in Napier which had
belonged to his in laws.
At the time of the crash Andy was wearing fireproof racing
overalls, a crash helmet and a safety belt.
An 18-year-old passenger, also a Napier local and described
as Andy's friend, walked away from the crash with minor
The track day event organiser Dennis Churcher said he will
dearly miss his friend of over 35 years.
"He has missed this event a lot because he has been living in
Australia and was really looking forward to it."
Taupo Area Road Policing Manager Senior Sergeant Fane Troy
told Hawke's Bay Today there are no early indications as to
what caused the crash.
The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating the crash on
behalf of the Coroner.