Southern 100 Racing are saddened to learn of the recent passing of former 1967 Sidecar Champion, John Patrick.
From Northampton John raced in the first Southern 100 races in 1955, taking second place in the opening 250cc race on a Velocette.
He returned annually riding in all classes of the solo races winning the Lightweight 250cc in 1960 and up to and including 1963 before adding a third wheel and a passenger and competing in the Sidecar races from 1964 to 1971, taking the championship laurels in 1967.
John’s reason for being on the Isle of Man in July 1955, apart from racing on the Billown Course was to marry a Laxey girl Gwen and both celebrated their Golden Jubilee anniversary with the Southern 100 Club in 2005 with a special cake being presented to them at a Golden Jubilee Function at the Castletown Golf Links Hotel.
Club Chairman, Phil Taubman MBE paid tribute to John Patrick saying: ‘John was always an enthusiastic and dedicated competitor of the Southern 100 who raced hard with success on both solo and sidecar machines.
‘He continued to support the races even after he had hung up his leathers and he and his wife Gwen enjoyed visiting the southside course and meeting up with old friends during the July races.’
Southern 100 Racing send their condolences to his wife Gwen, his family and friends at this sad time.
Photo: Happier Times - Gwen & John Patrick being presented with a 50th Wedding Anniversary Cake during Southern 100 Golden Jubilee Celebration in 2005 by Club Chairman Paul Taubman & Secretary George Peach