I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people who have once again helped ensure that the running of Phil Hogg Rescue Units is made easier due to the overwhelming support received at our annual auction in February, at the Imperial Hotel on Douglas Promenade.
This year we had a double bonus with a huge and totally unexpected donation of £5,600 from our long time supporters and friends Neil Millar and larger than life character Hills, who travelled from Aberdeen along with TT regular Phil Shorty Stewart. The money had been previously raised by supporters of Neil and his then sidecar driver Jock Skene (Twin of MGP winner Mick). This was to be used to fund their attack on the World Superside Championship, however due to problems unfortunately the boys could not campaign the championship. This did leave them in a positon of having a large amount of cash which had been raised through donations social evenings etc, which they had to do something with. At a meeting of the committee behind the fund raising it was suggested by Neil and Hills the money go to Phil Hogg Rescue. This is an honour for us considering all the local charities they could probably have helped and strenghthens the bond our family have with the Aberdeen folk stretching back to the late 60s when sidecar driver Alastair Lewis first stayed at my parents hotel.
This link has never been broken with great friend and Phil's major sponsor Roy Shirlaw still staying with us and Neil and the guys travelling annually for our auction. A great set of lads who should be made honorary Manxmen!
That was the start of our auction so how do you follow that. It can only get better, which it did. Thanks to our auction team who we rely on every year; Jean, Shirley, and David and the Imperial Hotel and all their staff who give up their time. Roy and Peter Moore, our resident Djs come MCs as well as the many people who donate items which I will list below.
Valmoto, Foggy Petronas Racing, Ian Lougher, Jason Griffiths (Yamaha Uk). Honda Uk, Greenlight TV, Classic Racer Magazine, Haynes Manuals, Chaz Corris, Dave Darbyshire, Bob Olleranshaw, Ron Clarke Photography, Rupert Crowe, Keith Martin Photography (brilliant selection of signed pics as usual), Martin Ellis and staff at Photofinish who supply all our frames, Dave Sykse Photography, Richard Ratcliffe, Christopher Marshall Art, Mick Woollett, Clucas Florists, Swift Communications, Danny & Gill Brophy, Duke Marketing, Linda & Kevin, Phoenix Distribution UK, Art On Wheels (superb prints), Grand Prix Sportique, Jimmy Geddis, Jim Blanchard fantastic prints, Ryan Farquhar, Paul Bird Monstermob, Alan Jones prints, Gruff Jones Artwork, Target Tools, Whittaker Trading, Zenith Tools, City Electrical Factors, The Picturebox, Marshy, Kingsbury Ceramics, Gold & Goose Photographers, Ron Haslam, Rob Stanley, The Lexicon Bookshop, Fowlers of Bristol, Jeremy Gill at Biker Gifts, Stephen Davidson & Pacemaker Press - brilliant photos as usual, Ben Rain, Alan Puckett, Terry Wye (wonderful collection of memorabilia), Paul Korkus Photography, KBC Helmets, Graingers Restaraunt, Euphoria, Utopia Hairdressers, Redline Clothing Uk, The Isle Of Man Steam Packet Company, Bill Snelling, Terry Holmes, Robert & Christine Nelson, Milky Quayle, Roy Shirlaw & Shirlaws Motorcycles for the van load as usual, Alan Lund at Road & Track ultra helpful as usual and finally Winnie Tawse who donated the 1959 one pound note which belonged to her late husband Jock, which is signed by some of the greatest names ever to grace the TT course, this is still in our possession to be auctioned off, however if a good offer was forthcoming we would maybe let it go.
Apologies for anyone who we have not listed, there are so many and the odd one gets missed. Finally just a thank you to everyone. If you would like to help with the Phil Hogg Rescue Unit or want information on the fund please ring me on 07624 427771 or 01624 620774.
Thanks Shaun Hogg