The Racing Cars band with Dave Land -(centre)

The Racing Cars band in their heyday with Dave Land front and centre

Followers and fans of the local rock-band Racing Cars have been paying tribute to Dave Land – the original bass-player of the group – who has died at the age of 67.

Mr Land died in hospital after a sudden collapse at his local pub, The Albion in Glebe St, Penarth. His funeral is to be held on Friday June 3rd at Barry Crematorium at 16:00.

Racing Cars - with Dave Land of Penarth in the centre.

Racing Cars on Top of the Pops  – with the late Dave Land of Penarth in the centre.

The Racing Cars band recorded four albums with Chrysalis Records including the 70s hit  “They Shoot Horses Don’t They?” (which reached no 14 in 1977). Dave and the band appeared on BBC TV’s  “Top of the Pops” and on the BBC 2 series “The Old Grey Whistle Test” and at the very first  Glastonbury Festival.  

Dave Land had begun his performing career with the band “Electric Circus” which later changed its name to “Good Habit” and then to “Racing Cars” . He was the only member of the band who bad played from the start with the original group .

He leaves  a wife Amanda and two daughters, Ellie,and Jennifer.

Racing Cars on Top of the Pops with lead singer Graham Morty Mortimer who died of cancer just six months ago

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  1. Christopher David says:

    Davvy David Land was a very nice easy going chap. He will be much missed.

  2. Christopher David says:

    Davvy David Land was a very easy going nice chap. Modest as always he corrected me once when I was telling someone I had introduced to him (in the Albion of course) he played base on “They Shoot Horses” and the record got to number 4, he immediately corrected me- with no 18 (he said) Modest as ever Davvy will be much missed.

  3. Penileaks says:

    I knew Dave for more years than I care to remember and he will be sadly missed.
    As Chris says above, Dave was a lovely, easy going guy and modest to a fault.
    RIP boyo.

  4. AK says:

    I remember the song – good grief, I must be old – but did not know they were a local band (although I lived elsewhere back then).

    All you need now is a backing tape, an auto-tune and zero talent

    • Kevin Mahoney says:

      I think in general they were a Rhondda band with Dave Land of course but I stand to be corrected, a great song ( they shoot horses don’t they)

  5. Martin gossage says:

    R.i.p .That final note is coming to us all.

  6. Gordon h says:

    Sorry to hear. Nice guy. R.I.P dave

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