Seasoned Porsche pilot who co-founded new CALM series
Ryan Lowry, who has died aged 36, co-founded the CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) All Porsche Trophy after spending many years competing in the BRSCC Toyo Tires Porsche Championship from behind the wheel of his trusty red 924. Recognised for being quick in all driving conditions, his efforts, along with those of CALM series co-founder and Porsche Championship stalwart, Phil Waters, resulted in the merging of both competitions for the 2020 season and beyond, providing drivers from each contest with the opportunity to take advantage of two-driver races, bigger grids and exciting meetings held at iconic circuits, both in the UK and in mainland Europe, all the while supporting CALM through increasing the charity’s profile and vital fundraising activities.
The organisation was close to Lowry’s heart and assists young men going through difficult times by offering vital frontline services for those suffering from depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and other mental health difficulties.
Lowry had taken time out from racing to concentrate his efforts on being a foster parent and to develop the CALM tournament, his work proving as successful outside a 924 as it did when he was hammering around a track — anyone who competed against him knew he was a forced to be reckoned with, as demonstrated by the many race wins and podium finishes he achieved, not to mention a third-in-class finish in 2017’s Porsche Championship, one of the competition’s most tightly contested seasons.
In a statement paying tribute to their lost loved one, Lowry’s family asked for contributions to CALM to be made in his memory. “So many people have asked if there is anything they can do at this time. We know Ryan would appreciate, should anyone wish to, any donations to CALM,” they said.
Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Lowry’s wife, Michelle, his parents, his siblings and his friends during this difficult time.