Charlie Moody


The Charlie Moody Foundation has been set-up in memory of a much loved member of the F1 and MotoGP paddocks, with the aim of raising badly needed funds for the Oxford Motor Neuron Disease Care and Research Centre - where Charlie was treated - via the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Charlie succumbed to Motor Neurone Disease in November 2011, following a short spell in hospital after contracting pneumonia. He was 55 years old and leaves a wife, Arlene, plus sons Wil and Nic.


Charlie’s long career in motorsport began as an F1 mechanic for Walter Wolf Racing in 1977. He went on to work for Fittipaldi, Williams, Benetton, Leyton House and Simtek – reaching the level of team manager - and worked with such legendary drivers as Jody Scheckter, James Hunt, Keke Rosberg and Ayrton Senna. Indeed, Charlie was the very first person to strap Senna into a Formula One car, during the Brazilian’s inaugural test at Donington Park in 1983.


A new chapter in Charlie’s career began when he joined ‘King’ Kenny Roberts’ MotoGP team in 2001 as operations manager. A role he continued at the Rizla Suzuki team from 2009.


Hundreds - including many of Charlie’s F1 and MotoGP colleagues - attended his memorial service, where Charlie’s warm, fun-loving and determined character was celebrated.


Part of Charlie’s eulogy was as follows: “Charlie had an amazing life even though it was so cruelly cut short. He was a great friend and the kind of friend that stands by you when you need somebody to be there. This is quite possibly why he was simply the very best at what he did in the various paddocks he worked in. He was there for his team and the people around him. I never once heard a bad word said about Charlie – it’s as simple as that. Let’s be honest, in the paddocks of motorsport, that is almost unique.”


Arlene has given her full backing to the Charlie Moody Foundation and, along with Wil and Nic, plans to present a cheque to the CEO of the Motor Neurone Disease Association during the 2012 Silverstone MotoGP round.

During the event, MotoGP star Ben Spies will present a signed race-day helmet worn during the 2011 season as a thank-you to the person that makes the most generous donation to Charlie’s Foundation. Spies will also provide two paddock passes for this highest donor to attend Silverstone, while all those that donate will be in with a chance of receiving a signed Ben Spies replica helmet.


For this reason, please leave your contact details when you donate.

Raising money for

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Charity Registration No. 294354

The MND Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland dedicated to improve care and support for people affected by MND, fund and promote research, and campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND are addressed by society. Visit

Donations 18

Great cause.

Donation by Chris Karn on 13/06/12


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Never met you, Charlie but all the people who knew you or worked with you and clearly loved you couldn't be wrong. God bless.

Donation by Andrew Greer on 08/04/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good going Moods, great cause. Good luck with all the fundraising. xx

Donation by Victoria Holt on 01/04/12

Much love from your friends from Mauern, we hope we can help you with that. We will never forget Charlie!

Donation by Dieter, Clarissa, Julia & René Rahimoff on 22/02/12


Charlie-san , I am proud that I worked with you.

Donation by Takayuki Nakamoto on 20/01/12

Tu nous manques Charlie. Such a pleasure to have known you.

Donation by Nicolas Reynier on 05/01/12


Donation by Anonymous on 04/01/12


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Charlie you will be missed. We really enjoyed The Who concerts together and fun with Team Roberts over the years.

Donation by Matthew & Jacqueline Barr on 03/01/12


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

a true gentleman, who will be missed

Donation by michael wilson on 21/12/11


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

A pleasure to have known and worked with Charlie

Donation by Ian Phillips on 20/12/11


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Rest in peace Charlie, it was a pleasure to work, knowing and being friends with you

Donation by Fred Kello on 17/12/11


Thank you for giving me the amazing experience of Silverstone with the family and the team. It was a real pleasure to get to know you.

Donation by Alexander Tachauer on 17/12/11


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Sean Chapman on 16/12/11


Charlie - it was a pleasure and an honour to have know and worked with you.

Donation by Barry Ward on 16/12/11


Be Sadly Missed From Eugenio and all at Brembo Racing

Donation by Ian Edwards on 15/12/11

Donation by George Turner on 15/12/11


Donation by Molly-Jo omathuna-brown on 15/12/11


with love...

Donation by crash media group on 15/12/11


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£890.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£890.00
  • Gift Aid£66.25

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