Keith Ripp

Moderators: scimjim, Lukeyboy46, erikscimitardemon, Roger Pennington, philhoward

Post Reply
User avatar
scimjim
RSSOC Member
Posts: 40173
Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:08 pm
Location: Gloucester
Has thanked: 189 times
Been thanked: 1279 times

Keith Ripp

Post by scimjim » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:41 am

Keith Ripp passed away aged 73 on 13 July.
164DF8CD-041F-490F-9221-A5283745DEF3.jpeg
164DF8CD-041F-490F-9221-A5283745DEF3.jpeg (454.33 KiB) Viewed 254 times
B3246969-23AC-4BEA-9C2B-334C14802B43.jpeg
B3246969-23AC-4BEA-9C2B-334C14802B43.jpeg (240.09 KiB) Viewed 254 times
"Having discovered the joy of driving Rallycross in a Mini, he realised there was a gap in the market to specialise in selling tuning parts and accessories to people preparing cars for the track and ‘boy racers’ alike.
The first shop opened in Waltham Cross in the early 1970s. With money tight, Ripp couldn’t afford much stock, so tricks like filling displays with empty cartons and even removing parts from his own race car to make up the weekday window display were common. However, the business was a success and in a few years three branches orbiting London were opened, which were later consolidated into one purpose-built superstore in Edmonton.
Ripp was one of the first accessory shop owners to see the potential of upgraded in-car audio, and sold imported amplifiers and subwoofer boxes alongside the ranges of engine tuning and dress-up kit. Stocks of Mini parts began to be wound down in the late 1980s (a decision Ripp said he later regretted as the Cooper was re-introduced a short time later) and the firm instead specialised in tuning parts for Mercedes.
However, racing took a physical toll on Ripp. After crushing his spine in a bad crash at Brands Hatch, he decided to retire, describing himself in a later interview as a ‘walking wreck’. Further ailments connected to a heart condition, which eventually required a triple bypass, led him to sell the business in 1994 to Halfords” (other sources state he sold to Tony Joseph in 1996 and Halfords bought the collapsed company from him in 1999) “which still own and market the Ripspeed brand to this day."

OBITUARY: KEITH RIPP 1947-2020:-
http://www.catmag.co.uk/obituary-keith-ripp-1947-2020


Jim King

SECURE DRY STORAGE FOR YOUR SCIMITAR

Current: SE5 (8Ball), 1400 1600 1800 Zetec ST170 powered SS1 (G97), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
Previous: SE5, 3 x SE5a, 2 x SE6a, 3 x SE6b, GTC, 2.9i GTC, 3 x 1600 SS1, 1300 SS1, Mk1 Ti Sabre, Mk1.5 CVH Sabre, TI SS1 (snotty), 1600 SS1 (C686CCR).
Chief mechanic for: 1400 K series SS1 (Megan3), 1400 CVH EFi SS1 (Grawpy), 1300 SS1 (Number One) & Sarah's coupe.
CURE THE FAULT - NOT THE SYMPTOMS

User avatar
Coupe Racing
RSSOC Member
Posts: 7659
Joined: Mon Jul 23, 2007 10:51 pm
Location: Nr Telford - Shropshire
Has thanked: 32 times
Been thanked: 134 times

Keith Ripp

Post by Coupe Racing » Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:20 am

Sad news indeed - I recall shopping at that store


Blessed are the Cheese makers

Better to be an hour early than 1 minute late

User avatar
DARK STAR
RSSOC Member
Posts: 6631
Joined: Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:56 pm
Location: Antibes, France
Been thanked: 121 times
Contact:

Keith Ripp

Post by DARK STAR » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:34 am

Very sad, the loss of another personality of the golden age of motor sport.


Chris Johnson
RSSOC 1979> Rhubarb SE6a V8 1979-1997 Dark Star Coupé 1989> Scimitar France 2010> Vert Soleil GTC 2014-2018
Scimitar France Website site Scimitar EUROPEEN
On the road I don't drive fast, but I don't slow down for corners
In competition I drive very fast, but not always on the track ...

User avatar
TrevorG
RSSOC Member
Posts: 771
Joined: Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:09 am
Location: Thomas chapel in Pembrokeshire
Has thanked: 42 times
Been thanked: 60 times

Keith Ripp

Post by TrevorG » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:39 pm

Very sad...having a sporty gtm and living near potters bar in the late 60s, early 70s, I can remember Keith's opening of the wonderful emporium! RIPRIPP



Post Reply

Return to “In Memory of...”