THE motorsport community is mourning the death of former truck racer and Elderslie resident Rodney Crick.
Mr Crick (pictured) died unexpectedly on Thursday at the age of 47.
He was well known for his time on the truck racing circuit, which included six Australia Super Truck Racing titles.
The motoring enthusiast won his first title in 1992 and picked up the nickname Captain Kangaroo after he captained the Australian squad in the Trans-Tasman Super Truck Championships.
Racing truck supporters and fans took to internet forums and social media to pay tribute to him.
Scott Bloodstepp wrote: "As a kid I looked forward to Oran Park truck meetings more than touring cars, Cricky would put the Shell Rimula truck sideways during a race just for entertainment! Up there with Dick Johnson and John Bowe for me as a kid."
Steve Elliott remembered Mr Crick's ability as a driver: "Very sad news. I raced against Rodney both here in the three-round NZ Truck Racing Series in 1990, and the very first Trans Tasman Truck Race Challenge in 1990. Like his dad a bloody good driver, a character, and a genuine guy. RIP Rodney and condolences to your family."
The Camden Junior Rugby League Football Club, where Mr Crick's two sons Jarrod and Cameron played, issued a statement urging support for his family.
They held a minute's silence before the 16A game on Saturday.
Mr Crick is survived by his wife Lisa and his children Jarrod, Cameron and Tarnie.