Steve Hislop is regarded as one of the most talented motorcycle riders of all time.
As a youngster growing up in Hawick in the Borders, Hislop worshipped the late Jimmy Guthrie, a local hero who won motorcycle races across Europe and claimed six Isle of Man TT victories. Steve was encouraged to get into motorcycle racing by his father and soon developed an enormous passion for the sport.
He made his racing debut in 1979 and in 1983 finished second in a newcomers’ race at the Manx Grand Prix. He went on to become a legend of the world-famous Isle of Man TT, claiming 11 victories and eight podiums between 1985 and 1994. This included a classic victory over long-term rival Carl Fogarty in the 1992 senior TT – regarded by many as the greatest TT race in history.
Back on the mainland ‘Hizzy’, as he was fondly known, won the British 250cc Championship in 1990 and became British Superbike champion twice in 1995 and 2002. He was the reigning British Superbike champion when he died in 2003.
A number of memorials have been created to recognise Hizzy’s achievements. One of two bronze statues by Scottish sculptor David Annand stands directly opposite a statue of Jimmy Guthrie in Hawick.
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