Friday night saw the unsung heroes of motorsport in the Isle of Man being recognised for their efforts over the past year.
The occasion was the annual Hoggies Awards ceremony held at the Ascot Hotel in Douglas, organised by Dr David Stevens of the Hogg Motorsport Association.
Each year the awards are given to people who have helped the association or Motorsport Medical Services, both of which are part of the Rob Vine Fund which pays for medical services and equipment at motorsport events in the Isle of Man.
Nine awards were made starting with the National award, which this year went to Dr Gareth Davies, a Manxman who is a consultant in A and E at the Royal London Hospital and medical director of Virgin HEMS in London.
Dr Davies is one of the panel of senior medical officers who take it in turn to act as chief medical officer for the TT and MGP. He has been a regular visitor to the TT for many years and regularly contributes to a trauma symposium held each year on the middle Sunday of TT fortnight.
Ballaquayle Road pharmacist Edwin Kinrade has provided free drugs for use in the Hogg ambulances and the helicopters for many years. In recognition of this he received the Local Award.
Isle of Man paramedic Val Cochrane is a member of the Hogg ambulance crew in charge of medical training for the Hogg Motorsport Association and has devoted a great deal of time and effort to this over the years. Val received the Hoggies Crew Award to recognise this.
Two people shared the travelling marshals’ award. Stephen Oates who hung up his yellow jacket and retired as a travelling marshal at the end of 2013 received one of them. Jim Hunter, who remains an active travelling marshal and has also been heavily involved with organising prospective newcomers’ visits, the MGP Riders’ Association and the MGP website, received the other award.
Fundraising awards went to Roy Maddrell and long time riders’ sponsor Martin Bullock. Mr Maddrell and his wife have for many years used Mr Bullock’s house next door to their own at Signpost Corner to provide refreshments to spectators and raise money for the Rob Vine Fund in the process.
Accountants Crowe Clark Whitehill Audit LLC received a special award for compiling charity accounts and a full audit of the Rob Vine Fund each year at a greatly reduced charge. The award was collected by Caroline Lyon on behalf of the company. Finally the special donations award was gven to Robert Graham, secretary of the Association of Manx Motor Clubs. Mr Graham has been a key figure in securing large donations for the Hogg Motorsport Association to help with the cost of training on and off the island.