The racing community is reeling from the devastating news of the untimely death of renowned Colchester MGP rider Gary Vines. Vines tragically lost his life in a crash on the Ballagarey circuit on Sunday, 20 August. leaving behind a void in the hearts of his fans and fellow riders.
In this article, we delve into the details surrounding the accident, offering an explanation of the incident that claimed Vines life.
Who was Gary Vines?
Gary Vines, a skilled rider from Colchester, had proven his racing talents time and time again at the Manx Grand Prix since 2015 and at the TT Races since 2022. He was truly unique as a specialist on two-stroke 250cc machinery, and made his debut in the 2015 Newcomers B Race on his own Yamaha TZ250, which was immaculately prepared.
Despite competing against a field of Supertwin bikes, he rose to the challenge and secured a commanding and celebrated victory, earning the admiration of fans and fellow riders alike. It’s clear that Gary’s passion and dedication to his craft have truly paid off, and his accomplishments in racing will always be admired.
How did Gary Vines die? What happened to Gary Vines?
Tragically, the Manx Grand Prix has experienced a devastating loss as rider Gary Vines, aged 33, died during the opening qualifying session. According to organizers, the accident occurred at Ballagarey on the Isle of Man during Vines’ first lap of the session on Sunday, 20 August.
This is a sobering reminder of the inherent risks involved in motorcycle racing, despite the safety measures in place and the expertise of the riders. The thoughts and prayers of the entire racing community are with Vines’ family and friends during this difficult time.
Organizers have confirmed in a statement mourning the loss “It is with a heavy heart that the Manx Grand Prix can confirm the loss of Gary Vines, who succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident in the first qualifying session of the 2023 event.”
Social Media Tributes:
Many social media tributes have been extended on sad of Gary Vines
David Taylor cousin of Gary shared on Facebook “Absolutely shocked and saddened to hear the news that my cousin Gary Vines has passed away doing what he loved. My thoughts and prayers are with Julie Gerard Kayleigh and all the family on there devastating loss 💔 Rest in peace Gary”
Uggly $ Co shared, Heartbroken, It is with heavy hearts we hear the news of Gary Vines passing away at the Manx Grand Prix.
The racing world mourns the loss of talented Colchester MGP rider Gary Vines, who tragically lost his life in a crash on the Ballagarey circuit.
We extend our condolences to his family and loved ones in this difficult time.