Remembering Gary Vines

We were saddened to learn about the tragic passing of rider Gary Vines during qualifying for the Manx Grand Prix.

On a personal note, I attended high school with Gary. Although we lost contact upon leaving school, I remember, even back then, that he had a huge passion for motorbikes. At just 33 years old, it’s sad to see such a promising talent and nice guy pass away so early in his life.

A statement on behalf of the Manx Grand Prix Races said:

It is with a heavy heart that the organisers of the Manx Grand Prix Races can confirm that Gary Vines, 33, from Colchester, succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident during the first qualifying session of the 2023 event. The accident occurred at Ballagarey on his first lap of the session.

Gary was a regular competitor at the Manx Grand Prix, making his debut in 2015 where he took a highly impressive victory in the Newcomers B Race. He earned another podium in the 2018 Lightweight Race and also secured top-ten finishes at the Classic TT. He competed in the Supersport Races at the 2022 and 2023 TT Races, posting his fastest-ever lap of the TT Mountain Course this year at an average speed of 118.488mph.

Everyone involved in the organisation of the Manx Grand Prix would like to express their deepest sympathies to Gary’s family, his partner, his loved ones, and friends.”

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE MANX GRAND PRIXIt is with a heavy heart that the Manx Grand Prix can confirm the loss of…

Posted by Manx Grand Prix on Monday, 21 August 2023