Club Superstage was left speechless and deeply saddened to learn that André Bostyn, one of the driving forces in the Ypres Rally for more than 50 years, left us suddenly. Two months ago, André Bostyn, board member of Club Superstage and Chief Finance Officer, announced that he would like to take it a bit easier. In June André would officially say goodbye as co-organiser during his 50th Ypres Rally. It will not be. André Bostyn died unexpectedly on Sunday 12 January at the age of 74.
André Bostyn was one of the figureheads of the Ypres Rally for almost half a century. Shortly after the first edition of 1965, he joined the organization with his brother-in-law Noël Deberdt. For 25 years, André Bostyn was responsible for the Kemmelberg stage, the most famous and active test of the Ypres Rally. "I have had magical nights there, thanks in part to the good relationship with the locals," André told about the 70s and 80s on the Kemmelberg.
André Bostyn then became treasurer of the Rally of Ypres and from 2000 to 2008 became the last chairman of AC Targa Florio. After the takeover by vzw Superstage, André ensured continuity by incorporating great management expertise in the new structure. He was the binding force between the different generations of voluntary employees. Together with his son Patrick, André led the stage ceremony of the Ypres Rally on the Grote Markt for years, while daughter Muriel is also actively involved in the organisation of the Ypres Rally.
Club Superstage thanks André for his years of dedication and passion for "his" Rally van Ieper. Superstage wishes to express its sincere condolences to his wife Georgette and his children Patrick and Muriel, family and friends.