Vale Gary Cooper

Karting lost a great friend last week. Gary Cooper succumbed to illness, leaving behind a legacy of capturing karting history.

“The Coopers” have been heading to race tracks for years and have made literally thousands of friends around the country as initially Gary, then Gordon, spent hours trackside, camera poised, taking photos of the action.

Gary’s commitment (and that of the entire family) was amazing. I’ll never forget back in the day of film photography, meeting him and Sarah at a motel in country Victoria at 3am to hand over prints from a race meeting so we could get them ready for publishing in KartOz magazine that was on deadline.

He was always up for a friendly chat or gossip at the track. He loved to talk Adelaide GPs, Ayrton Senna and Catalina Park. He’d pinch a sneaky sweet when Sarah wasn’t looking. And I suspect he still preferred capturing images on film in this digital age.

We are lucky his son Gordon morphed into the family business and the duo shot events side-by-side for many years before injury and health issues kept him from the track.

Gary, you will be remembered forever. Rest in peace.

Condolences to Sarah, Gordon, Nikki and the rest of the family.

Mark Wicks

from Coopers Photography

On the 24th of September at 7:17am our most precious and loving husband, father, poppy and friend left us to enter Enternal Life.


The man that shared his life with mum, that gave us life and held us for our first breath, took his last breath in our arms. We are beyond blessed to have been with him until the end.

Dad loved Motorsport and especially karting, he loved the people and families that were part of the sport. He and mum would drive all over Australia, it would not matter if it was a club meeting for 20 drivers or an Australian Championship, they would be there.

We would like to thank everyone for their kind messages and stories of Dad. Mum (Sarah) asks that if anytime you are next making a donation, please think of the Melanoma Institute of Australia who helped Dad so much over the past 40 years since his first malignant melanoma up until the end, please make the donation in memory of Gary B Cooper.

Tomorrow (Friday) we will lay him to rest, forever in our hearts.

Thanking you all,

The Coopers

“He fought the fight,
He lived the life,
He loved to the moon and back,
In our hearts forever,
Till we meet again”

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