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Knight on the money

David Knight as he appears on the new Manx 50p

David Knight as he appears on the new Manx 50p

THREE-times World Enduro motorcycle champion David Knight MBE features on a new Isle of Man 50p coin.

The coin was launched at Postal Headquarters in Spring Valley Industrial Estate with a visit from David Knight and his enduro motorcycle.

The legal tender 50p coin is presented in a special pack featuring a genuine piece of ‘knobbly’ tyre supplied to Isle of Man Post Office by David himself – both items are displayed in a clear case.

David, who was born and raised in Sulby and now lives in Ballaugh, has been World Enduro champion three times and the coin shows him on his KTM bike.

The main objective of the sport is to arrive at different check points at a designated time over courses that are, typically, over thick wooded terrain including large obstacles such as logs, ditches and perilous sudden drops. To win the world championship title requires instinctive bike handling skills, courage and years of dedication.

Reacting to seeing himself on the coin, David said: ‘I feel very proud to be on a Manx coin and have my motorcycle achievements recognised – it’s a big honour.

‘I will be carrying a few of these coins in my pocket to the [championship] rounds next year in the hope they will bring me some luck!’

The collectable coin pack contains the story of David’s career to date, along with images of the motorcycling star.

It is priced just £15 and is expected to make the perfect Christmas present for Manx sports fans. The pack is available to buy online at www.iomstamps.com or b visiting Regent Street Post Office in Douglas.

l David Knight’s dash across London with celebrity passenger – back page

 

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