A Tribute to Steve "Hizzy" Hislop
Steve 'Hizzy' Hislop (11 January 1962 - 30 July 2003), also known as 'The Flying Haggis', was a Scottish motorcycle racer. He won the Isle of Man TT eleven times and also the British 250cc Championship (1990) and British Superbike championship (1995 and 2002).

This is my small tribute to the great man of Road Racing. I hope it brings back some happy memories for you too.
On-Board with The Flying Haggis
"Hizzy" Fact File
Full Name: Robert Steven Hislop

Place of Birth: Hawick, Border

Date of Birth: 11th January 1962

First Race: 1983 Knockhill

First Success: 1986 Scarborough

Career Highlights: 1987 Formula Two TT Winner

Career Highlights: 1988 Production Class B TT Winner

Career Highlights: 1989 Senior TT Winner

Career Highlights: 1989 Supersport 600 TT Winner

Career Highlights: 1989 Formula One TT Winner

Career Highlights: 1990 British 250cc Supercup Champion

Career Highlights: 1991 Senior TT Winner

Career Highlights: 1991 Supersport 600 TT Winner

Career Highlights: 1991 Formula One TT Winner

Career Highlights: 1991 6th World Superbike Championship, 1 race win

Career Highlights: 1992 Senior TT Winner

Career Highlights: 1992 World Endurance Champion, 1st Le Mans 24 hour race

Career Highlights: 1993 World Endurance Champion

Favourite Circuit: Cadwell Park
The 1992 Senior TT
The 1992 Senior TT was an absolute classic, and is often described as one of the best ever races in TT history.

After their record busting TT in 1991 on board the all conquering Hondas, Hislop and Carl Fogarty had not planned to be back in 1992. However, they both lined up on the Glencrutchery Road that year on 'inferior' machinery - Hislop on Ron Haslam's John Player Special sponsored Norton and Carl on the Loctite Yamaha. The Norton 588 had been developed on a shoe string budget when compared to Honda Racing's RC30's. JPS had no intention of backing Steve's TT campaign, but after scratching around for some sponsorship and minimal testing time, the team headed for the Isle of Man.

Hislop's Norton took to the circuit in unconventional white livery, backed by Steve's long term sponsor Abus. Hislop and the team defied the bike's detractors taking a fine 2nd place in the opening Formula 1 race. The bike had proved it could complete 6 laps of the grueling Snaefell Mountain Course in hot weather, and the team could look forward to Friday's Senior TT.

A number of adjustments had been made to the Norton prior to the Senior - a larger screen was fitted to protect Hislop from the high winds, the front mud guard was removed to let in more air, and protective covers were fitted to the front forks.

Hislop's main rival of course, was Carl who would start at number 4. Steve would start at 19. Not only would this give him more traffic, but it would give the crowd an anxious wait as the officials calculated the time difference between them - a difference that never exceeded 7.4 seconds. As the race progressed, the two gladiators smashed the records they set the previous year with Hislop taking a narrow advantage into the last lap. In a last ditch attempt to catch Hislop, Fogarty recorded a blistering lap time of more than 123 mph on his unfancied Yamaha. It was all in vain however, with Hislop guiding the fly splattered Norton home to an historical win - one of Hislop's greatest achievements and one of the most popular TT wins ever. Carl Fogarty's lap record stood for 7 years.

Hislop and Fogarty would go on to become two of Britain's greatest motorcycle racers of the modern age, taking many race wins and championships at home and abroad. It was the 1992 Senior TT that saw them battle together for the last time.
Photograph by Plbmak
Isle of Man TT1992 F1 Race (Pt. 1 of 2)
Isle of Man TT1992 F1 Race (Pt. 2 of 2)
Steve - The Family Man
Steve with former partner Kelly Bailey and his two sons Aaron and Connor.

Kelly recently commented to me that, "we miss him lots. The world's a sadder place without him!!"

Motorcycle sport journalist Carly Rathmell writes in her blog, "He adored his boys, Aaron and Connor and if he was having a bad day at the races all you needed to do was talk about them to bring a beaming smile to his face. The lady in his heart was always Kelly, the mum of his two gorgeous boys, I know he’ll be looking after you all now and watching over you."

Final Tweet of the #Hizzy50 day from Kelly, "Leaving you with my beautiful friend Anna. Night all, much love. xxx"
This flag remains safe in the bedroom of Aaron and Connor!
Bikers say farewell to Steve Hislop

THEY arrived noisily in their hundreds on their brightly painted Yamahas, Ducatis and Hondas to crowd the Borders town of Hawick to say a last goodbye to their hero and colleague Steve Hislop.

Still dressed in their leathers despite the sweltering heat, they filled the pews of Teviot Parish Church, stood five-deep in the streets and lanes around the kirk, and lined the river banks to hear the funeral service on a public address system.

The Superbike champion’s two sons were in the small church with their mother, Kelly Bailey, Hislop’s girlfriend Ally Greenwood and his mother Margaret.
As the tributes echoed through the loudspeakers, many members of the close-knit motorbiking fraternity wept for the star who died at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash close to the town where he was born.

The motorcyclists, crash helmets gleaming in the early afternoon sunshine, formed neat ranks to provide a guard of honour. Machines and riders then accompanied the cortege to Southdean cemetery where Mr Hislop was laid to rest beside his father and brother.

Hawick had seen nothing like it since 1937, when more than 2,000 people turned out for the funeral of Jimmy Guthrie, another locally-born motorcycle champion, who perished in the German Grand Prix.

Mel Smith, from Doncaster, had left home at dawn on his high-powered machine to make the 270-mile trip to Hawick for "Hizzy’s" farewell.

He was typical of scores of other mourners when he said: "Steve was just an ordinary bloke. We met him on the Isle of Man, and he always had time to speak to his fans or sign autographs. I just had to be here to pay tribute to one of the sport’s greatest."

Norrie Colville, a track marshal from Glasgow, had followed Hislop’s career from the very beginning right up to last Wednesday when the champion’s helicopter plunged into a Borders hillside. He said: "I couldn’t believe it when news of the accident was broken. Steve was very special with a style of riding no-one could match."

According to Derek Dearden, of the Isle of Man TT Marshals’ Association, Steve Hislop was the most accomplished rider to compete on the 37.75-mile course where he won on 11 occasions, and was the first man to complete the circuit at an average speed of 120mph.

Mr Dearden said: "If you love a sport, any sport, and you’ve seen the best you have to say goodbye to him properly. If three riders went past you on unmarked bikes, and wearing the same style of leathers you would recognise the Hislop style." "

The glowing tributes at yesterday’s church service from ex-racer Allan Duffus - "the laddie who polished my visor" - and friend Jim Davidson, - "he didn’t appreciate how idolised he was" - produced a mixture of sadness and laughter among those who had turned out to pay their respects.

The Rev Neil Combe told his vast audience: "The people who will miss him most are the ones who loved him best.

"They may never have thrown a leg over a bike, they may think 45mph is fast enough for any road, and they may think Ducati is a pet food made by the Italians. But they are mourning a Borders man who has come back to his roots."

The minister said one obituary had described Steve Hislop as a flawed genius. Mr Combe said: "That he was a brilliant bike rider nobody would deny. But to say that he was flawed is to say no more than that he was human. But for all that he was flawed, he was an inspiring man. He took risks, not foolish risks, but the careful, calculated risks that a man in this sport has to take. We live in an age where we try to live life with all danger removed ... in a world where McDonald’s is sued for making coffee hot and where peanut butter jars have labels which say ‘warning, may contain nuts’.

"Someone like Steve opens our eyes to a bigger world, where there are exciting possibilities for those willing to take that calculated risk."

news.scotsman.com
The Steve Hislop Memorials

There are two bronze statue memorials of Steve Hislop. This one is located in Wilton Lodge Park Hawick and is flanked by two inscriptions.
Inscription to Steve's left.
Inscription to Steve's right.
This is the bronze statue of Steve Hislop in the Memorial Garden on Onchan Head near his home overlooking Douglas Bay. The statue was unveiled by Geoff Duke on the 5th June 2005.
Photograph by John Coldwell
Photograph by John Coldwell
Lest We Forget
The dedication inside this book reads, "For Aaron and Connor Hislop - sons of a very special dad
 
Public Tributes
"Hizzy" on a stamp after posting lap records
Fans chose the 1992 Senior TT as the greatest race of all time on the iconic Mountain Course. Thousands of fans took part in the vote with almost half choosing the 1992 Senior TT as their favourite race. The race was chosen from a shortlist of 10 that had been drawn up by leading figures in the road-racing world.

The race saw both riders on unfamiliar bikes at the TT; ‘Foggy’ on a Loctite Yamaha OW01, Hizzy on an Abus-backed Norton rotary. But it didn’t stop them delivering one of the truly memorable showdowns in the TT history with both riders posting lap records during the race.

The Isle of Man Post Office turned the full shortlist into a set of 10 stamps as part of the centenary celebrations for the Mountain Course, which will took place during the 2011 TT Races.

Based on an original article by Andy Findlay
MANX TT 2011 Isle of Man Commemorative Crown

Isle of Man TT 2011 Commemorative Crown Commemorating 100 years of the Mountain Course! Featuring the race voted the best on the Mountain Course by the fans themselves - and featuring Steve Hislop and Carl Fogarty
Words From His Fans

Steve Hislop was a friend of mine. He was a talent almost unparalleled on the planet and an enigma. Those of us who knew him will mourn the loss of the man and be saddened for his children, mum Margaret and others who counted him as a pal. God bless you Steve.
Aden Murcutt, UK

I first met Hizzy in 1989 during TT practice week when I was nine years old - one week later he crashed out of the Junior TT at Quarry Bends.
My brother and I were watching there and whilst he was signing autographs for the spectators my brother, Stephen, asked him if he wanted to go to the nearby Sulby Glen pub for a drink whilst he waited for his team to come and pick him up.
He accepted the offer and we spent the rest of that morning with Hizzy. You can imagine that as a nine-year-old I was amazed to be in the company of one of the best TT riders of the time, and from then on he became my ultimate TT hero.
For me, his greatest victory has to be the 1992 Senior TT when he won on the Norton. That race was probably the greatest ever TT race and I count myself lucky that I was privileged enough to see it. Hislop is a legend and will be sadly missed here on the Island. Rest in peace Steve.
Philip Carter, Ramsey, Isle of Man

You were truly one of the greats in the biking world, you also put us on the map; you will be sadly missed. You will soon be with your father and brother, rest in peace friend.
Graeme Pringle, Hawick
We had the great pleasure to meet Steve at his book signing at Rockingham last month. We got a signed copy of his book, which Olga took pleasure in reading and laughing at in the stadium waiting for the racing to start, and I was lucky enough to shake his hand and wish him luck in the races.

It was a privilege to meet him and watch him racing in the flesh. We have lost a friend and the best ambassador for both motorcycling and Scotland. Drive free Steve, and our thoughts go to his mum, boys and family.
Richard and Olga Burton, Orkney, Scotland

I will always treasure my favourite motorcycling footage on bike with Steve for his record breaking lap at the TT. Mind blowing - true grit. Thanks Steve.
Adrian Jones, Brightlingsea
Steve will be fondly remembered by all at the BRDC British Superbike Championship Race Organisation. Our sincerest condolences are extended to his family and friends.
Stuart Higgs, Director of Racing BRDC/BSB London

It is with a great sense of sadness that we heard of the passing of Steve Hislop. The staff and officials of the British Superbike Championship, who all came into contact with Steve in one way or another over the past years, recognise his professionalism and will all share the profound sense of loss.

Hizzy - a true hero to all who met him or saw him race. A flawed genius - if only more people had those same flaws, bike racing would be a better thing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family, a man that will never be forgotten. Long live the memories. Thanks Steve.
Geoff Ridden, Maidenhead

A great rider, and a great man. His skill and personality will be sadly missed, especially here on the Island. He inspired me into becoming a born-again biker. My condolences go to his family and friends.
John Manley, Douglas, Isle of Man

After watching him for years, I finally met the man at Rockingham. He signed my copy of his autobiography, had a few words and shook my hand. That was less than a month ago - just can't grasp this

Steve was an absolute talent on a bike, he could race the wheels off of anything. I was watching practice at the end of Cronk Y Voddy straight during the 1994 TT, he was flying and passed another rider going into the 11th milestone at amazing speed.

Hizzy was a great rider with passion for his sport. Even here in the Netherlands the news came as a big shock, this is a terrible loss for motorsport.
R.Loonstra, Kollumerzwaag ,Holland

The BSB racing world has lost a truly great man, with such talent and determination, he really was an inspiration to us all. I will never forget the day Steve Hislop stood on the podium at Donington last year to claim the much-deserved title of British Superbike Champion.
That memory will live on in not only in my heart, but also of all his fans. The skies are yours now Hizzy, the clouds are your race track and the sun your podium. We will miss you so much, BSB will not be the same.
Tracy, Sudbury, Suffolk

This is a tragedy to motor sport. Hislop was a legend in his own right. I have many memories of watching him ride in the Isle of Man TT, where he showed his class as a rider.
Steve was a gentleman, none more so than when he was signing copies of his autobiography at Brands Hatch last month! He waited and signed every last signature in a long queue and despite being at the store longer than scheduled seemed more content than ever!

Hizzie, you will be missed by more friends and followers than you ever knew you had, mate!
Trevor Brooker, Islington, North London

Farewell tender soul, you will be missed by all.
Eric Robinson, Sarver, Pennsylvania, USA

I was privileged to meet him at the 2000 TT. God speed Steve. It will be a lesser sport without you. My condolences to his family. He will be in my prayers.
Jimmy Duggan, Boston, USA

He gave pleasure to thousands and now thousands will mourn him. He was a great sportsman and competitor. I had the privilege of being on the Isle of Man the evening he broke the 120 mph record for a lap.
Motorcycling still shows other sports what true sportsmanship is about; Steve Hislop was one of its many advocates. He earned the title "World Champion" and has sadly died with it. Race in Peace "Hissy"!
Jamie, Leeds

I remember his electrifying, record-breaking lap of the Isle of Man - not a place for the faint-hearted. This guy was phenomenal - I was so sad to hear of his accident. Rest in Peace, Hizzy.
Pete, USA (Via Yorkshire)

I took my eight-year-old son to the Brands Hatch round of BSB in 2002. He came away with his face dented by the wire fence as he had spent his time pressed up against it to get as close as he could to the action. He became a fan of Hizzy that day and he, like the rest of us, shares in the sense of tragedy at the loss of a motorcycling hero.
PJ, Hampshire
My condolences to his family and friends. May the memories of this Steve carry on through his dedicated fans and followers.
Tom Smith, East Sussex

We were saddened to hear of the tragic Loss of Steve "Hizzy" Hislop. May he rest in peace - he will now be riding high with the angels. God Bless XX
Robbie and Lynne, Kent

Tragic loss of life for someone who made a real contribution to his chosen sport and way of life. We are all the poorer for this. I extend my deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Clive James, Maidstone

Another motorcycle legend lost!! What a sad year for motorcycle racing. Steve, you were a legend and you did us British proud. You will be missed by a lot of people and never forgotten in the history of motorcycle racing. R.I.P.
Jamie Fullick, Netherlands

Even here in the States, motorcycle racing fans follow the BSB series, and to see a talent like Steve gone is another terrible loss this year, not just as a racer, but as a person too. He will be missed.
Frank, USA

I work at Brands Hatch and remembered the accident at the end of 2000, he showed such determination, and admired his fight back to full recovery. Winning the championship last year just shows what a rider he was. British Superbike wont be the same without him. Rest In Peace Mate
Jim, Kent

I'm devastated! Steve was an icon to me, a great rider who was always fantastic to watch. I'll miss him.
Tony Kenneford, Gloucestershire

Watching him on the TT just showed his skill and professionalism in the sport that made him a hero to many of his fans
Steve, Selby

Hizzy had a way of making an activity that would scare the pants off most people, look as easy and simple as tying a shoelace - but at about 140mph. Brutally quick, as smooth as silk and one of the best natural talents in the sport. Two-wheeled motorsport won't be the same without him.
Doug, Hertfordshire

Beyond doubt, my favourite rider, and also a friend. Met him a few times when I was reporting on the superbikes and he was always open to chat. Shame he never got the bike or break that he deserved on a bigger stage. Watched him win 2-stroke GPs, TTs and track races many times and he will remain a legend
Jon M, Manchester
I was fortunate and honoured to meet Hizzy on more than one occasion, and I can say that he never forgot his roots and was one of the most down-to-earth men in the paddock. The world of motorcycle racing has lost another hero.

Steve was an absolute marvel to watch and a very sound bloke to listen to. What a talent to loose.
Nik Smith, Norwich

The epitome of true grit and determination. A tragic loss to the biking world
Paul Rodgers, Greenock

His talent on the track was second to none, such a gentleman off the track, and so brave in the process.
Peter, Northants

I can't believe this has happened. Such talent, so smooth and ferociously fast. He never got the big break he deserved. I will miss BSB without him.
Martin, Malvern

The epitome of true grit and determination. A tragic loss to the biking world.
Paul Rodgers, Greenock, Scotland

If you never stood at Rhencullen watching Hizzy with his front wheel at least three feet off the ground at over 130mph enjoying himself, you missed out on one the greatest motorcycling and sporting spectacles I have ever seen.
He was intelligent, forthright, flawed, intense, fun and hugely likeable. Thousands of people will miss you, Hizzy. My best wishes and thoughts to your friends and family.
Tim Cherrett, London

Thank you so much for the enjoyment you gave to so many over these years. You will be sorely missed. Yet another star in the night sky watching over us...yours will be one of the brightest. Godspeed.
Steve David, Essex

Steve was undoubtedly the nicest and most genuine Superbike star I've met. He was an inspirational character and a true talent on the track. He will be deeply missed.
Darren Ware, Kent

What a shock. Steve will be remembered in much the same way as Joey Dunlop. Any rider who can win 11 TTs by 'aiming for daylight between the green bits' must be special. RIP Hizzy.
Simon, Melton Mowbray, Leics.

The first year I took my two boys to the TT, Hizzy won and they were over the moon. He will always be a hero to them.
Erika Pryde, Newbattle, Midlothian

Hizzy, you will be sadly missed - have followed you for 20 years and what a brilliant performer, especially on your ol Norton!!
Lynn and Kelly Swansborough, Godalming, Surrey

Hizzy was one of the reasons people travelled miles to see live racing.
A master at the TT and also of short circuits and so exciting on his day. He showed unbelievable determination to come back from the broken neck and Rockingham accident too, to regain the BSB championship.
Thanks for the fun along the way Hizzy, you will be sadly missed.
David Eyre, Oldham

Steve was a genius on a bike and a gentleman off it - he will be sadly missed.
Brian, Blackpool

He was unbelievably fast and although he will always be regarded as a flawed genius he was one of the nicest and most honest men in the sport.
Emma, Bolton

Courtesy of BBC
Twitter Tributes
John mcguinness @jm130tt "Sadly missed, but never forgotten. XxX"
Steve Parrish @Stavros "I met the boys at TT they were watching start an said that's my dads bike! Lovely lads"
suzi perry @suziperry "Lovely tribute to lovely Steve Hislop here.”
Marc Potter @marcpotter " We all thought a lot of Hizzy. Short piece in this week's MCN too"
Steve on his way to winning the 1991 Supersport - MNJ Photography
Steve Hislop in the 1992 Supersport 400 TT "We were lucky enough to meet him a number of times. A true legend sadly missed" - MNJ Photography
Kelly Bailey @smellycat78 "Out for Birthday tea with the Hislop boys. Happy Birthday #Hizzy50 xxx"
Dave Clucas @ClooksIOM #Hizzy50 "Thanks for the great memories"
Trevor Harlock @TrevorHarlock "When everything was on point, Hizzy50 was sublime, so fast, so smooth 'n tidy. Gr8 to watch"
Mad-Dave @YoopaMan "Its 24hrs since we launched #Hizzy50. We got out to something like 400,000 tweeps, had fun, shared memories and showed our love for #Hizzy50"

"It's been an amazing day Steve.Thanks for the memories and the love that is still bonding us.Happy Birthday #Hizzy50"
Steven Price @Yamacati "A lovely tribute to Steve "Hizzy" Hislop. A gentleman, a legend, a motorcycle racer #Hizzy50"
Kelly Bailey @smellycat78 "Feeling the love for Steve today. Your all amazing!! He'd be laughing his head off!! Ha #Hizzy50 xx"
Sports Hall of Fame
"Hizzy" was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in March 2010. http://www.sshf.co.uk/inductees/show/87