Southern 100 Racing remembers two long time stalwarts of the ‘friendly races’ who took their chequered flag on 13th June.
Willie Clucas appears to have been around Billown ‘for ever’ involved with the races, but surprisingly it was 1997 when he took up his first official appointment as Deputy Club Marshal. A position he held for three years. He joined the Committee in 2000, taking over as Chief Club Marshal where he remained until the end of the 2009 racing season when he stepped down.
Willie was then elected the first President of the Southern 100 Marshals Association.
Willie was still very much involved with the racing around the Billown Course and its organisation and was always around to offer advice and lend a willing helping hand before his untimely passing in 2015.
Maurice Mawdsley long-time commentator, based at the start-finish on Castletown By-pass during the Southern 100 Road Races first sat in the drivers cab of an old Isle of Man Transport double-decker, which had been converted into the main commentary point and race control in 1988, moving to the splendour of the ’new’ Race Control Buildings in 2005 until switching off his Mic after the Southern 100 International Road Races in 2016.
Maurice’s first year, 1988 was intended to be a one-off, standing in for the then race commentator Peter Kneale, who had had to go on a previously arranged trip to Ireland, but Maurice’s tenure lasted 29 years! Maurice always maintained that the commentary ‘box’ on the start-finish line was the best commentary position anywhere. Sadly, he left is in 2018.
Another long-time supporter and Northern Ireland journalist also received his chequered flag on 13th June 2015, Geoffrey McElvogue – he was a dedicated journalist and was well respected for his well-written and factual reports on road racing.
Southern 100 Racing extends special thoughts to the families and friends of Willie, Maurice, and Geoffrey on the anniversary of the passing and no doubt a glass or two will be raised in their memories during today.