The Directors and members of the Manx Motor Cycle club were very saddened to hear of the death of Des Collins, a long time supporter of the Manx Grand Prix.
Club Chairman, Harvey Garton, commented
"Des will be very greatly missed in and around the paddock where he could be found with his beloved Kawasaki machines. Des had been very keen to support up and coming riders who gave him many wins and podium places over the years. Our sympathy goes out to his wife Dot, family and many friends who have supported him during his long illness".
Thanks to John Watterson for the photo of Des taken after Gary Carswell had won the 1997 Senior Manx Grand Prix on his bike, together with his life long friend Ronnie Russell and Gary's supporters.