Next Friday 25th February sees the annual auction for the Phil Hogg Rescue Units, this is the fourteenth year the event has taken place having been held annually at the Imperial Hotel, Douglas Promenade since 1991.
The auction has raised many thousands of pounds over the years to help fund the Hogg Rescue Units which are dedicated to the memory of local star Phil Hogg who lost his life practising for the TT races in 1989.
The fund is administered by Chief Medical officer for the TT, MGP & Southern 100 races Dr David Stevens who also looks after the Rob Vine Fund. The two funds feed each other & help provide much needed medical support for all motorsport events held on the Isle Of Man.
Auction organiser is Shaun Hogg who informed me that the auction is something he & his family take great pride in not only enabling them to do something worthwhile for the sport, but
also keeping Phil's name alive in a very positive way. He also emphasises that he has made many friends over the years, people get used to him phoning them up in January on the scrounge, but they are always very supportive of the event, he also stressed how close the motorcycle fraternity is, people & companies in the UK some who have never even been near
the Island nearly always help after the situation is explained.
"I have had items sent from America, Australia all over the place. This year I have some excellent items through, Alan Jones has sent some wonderful prints
over, one of which is titled 'Yorkshire Grit' of course of DJ but this one is the very last of the 200 run limited editon , as well as one of Barry Sheene also Mike the Bike, also Stephen
Davidson from Pacemaker press has sent two crackers over, the one of Steve Plater hugging the wall at Macua and a rear view of Archie at Dundrod, Mick Woolett has once again come up trumps with some crackers of Geoff Duke all of which I have had signed. Martin at Art On
Wheels has once again provided some excellent prints from the golden era of the 50s & 60s a website well worth a visit for classic shots. Jim Blanchard the renowned motorcycle painter has sent a cracker of DJ once again.
Greenlight TV have supplied DVDs as usual, Keith Martin has sent some of his excellent shots over all autographed as usual. Phonix distribution also are helping again as well as Honda UK, Nigel Clarke of Classic Racer, Haynes Publishers, Jimmy Geddis who has sent me a plaque commemorating Mike Hailwoods return to the TT in 1978, one of only 200 it is a very collectable piece.
Various riders are also helping with items received from Ron Haslam, Ian Lougher, Ryan Farquahar & Mike Rutter, also a Foggy Petronas racing shirt has been donated signed by Foggy, Corser & Walker. KBC helmets have donated a helmet, I have the last team shirt
from the now defunct Valmoto Triumph team. Grand Prix Sportique have donated a fine print of Colin Edwards which is signed. Jeremy Gill from Biker Gifts has pledged some items for me,another worthwhile site for the TT enthusiast to visit. Redline clothing have sent over a
consignment of various T-Shirts, it goes on & on."
This is just a taster of whats on offer, if you would like to donate something or if you are interested in anything please contact Shaun on 01624 620774 or 07624 427771, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are still tickets available for the evening at £7 which includes a fine buffet, if interested again contact Shaun.