Tribute to East Lothian’s Jock Taylor adds colleagues who gave the sport their lives


Jock Taylor of Pencaitland was the 1980 sidecar world champion and four-time Isle of Man TT winner.

He was killed in a racing incident in Finland in 1982, but his memory is honored on one of the tracks where he thrilled huge crowds.

Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy, Fife, held annual races for over 40 years, until the mid-1980s.

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A commemorative event took place at Beveridge Park on Sunday.  Photo: Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club.
A commemorative event took place at Beveridge Park on Sunday. Photo: Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club.

On Sunday, the Taylor Memorial was updated with a plaque honoring runners who gave their lives on the track.

They include Jimmy Blair, who was the first runner to die in an incident at Beveridge Park in 1953, Matt Redmond, Angus Callum, Davy Drummond and Brian McAnelly.

Family members of the runners were among those who attended the commemoration.

Kirkcaldy & District Motor Club Secretary Jake Drummond said: “They were delighted to see their loved ones being remembered in this way.

The late Jock Taylor, former Kirkcaldy & District Motor Club member

“Those named were competitors and active members of our club who have helped organize events, from our early 1930s races on the sands of the Promenade, trials and scrambles, road races at the park to in 1988 and at Knockhill until 2010. “

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Taylor’s own heritage is still remembered by many enthusiasts who saw him race the tight and difficult circuit of the park.

A memorial was erected to him in 1984, and a recent wooden sculpture of a biker was added to mark 40 years of road racing in the park.

Jake Drummond pictured with other Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club members in 2016 with their archival publications at the Beveridge Park Kirkcaldy Memorial.

Born in 1954, he was only 19 when he first raced.

He achieved success on local tracks including East Fortune as well as in the south before making his way onto the world stage.

Taylor won his first Grand Prix in Sweden and continued to stand on the podium in seven more races.

Taylor also won back-to-back British titles and set a Isle of Man TT sidecar tour record, which spanned seven years.

Kirkcaldy’s club had planned to update the memorial next year as part of its centennial celebrations, but moved forward with plans after several older members died.

The easing of COVID restrictions also allowed them to move forward with the small gathering.

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