Taub­man hon­oured

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

South­ern 100 Stal­wart Phil Taub­man has been awarded an MBE in the 2017 Newyear’s Hon­ours List for ser­vices to Mo­tor­cy­cle sport and to the Manx Com­mu­nity. Philtaub­man got in­volved with the first run­ning of the South­ern 100 in 1955, as­sist­ing in set­ting out the now fa­mous Bil­lown Course for what the me­dia called an am­bi­tious three-race pro­gramme, which was suc­cess­fully run on Thurs­day, July 14. At that time the races were run by the South­ern Mo­tor­cy­cle Club Com­mit­tee, which Phil joined in 1961 and he fol­lowed this by be­com­ing a mem­ber of the South­ern MCC Race Com­mit­tee in 1964. In 1968 he be­came the Club Cater­ing Of­fi­cer and, ap­par­ently, he still cooks a good ba­con and egg break­fast! In 1970 Phil was Pad­dock Mar­shal, in 1975 he be­came Chair­man of the Race Com­mit­tee and then in 1978 he was made the Clerk of the Course for the Bil­lown Course. 1981 saw the South­ern 100 Mo­tor­cy­cle Rac­ing Club take over the or­gan­is­ing of the July races, with Phil still in po­si­tion as the Clerk of the Course, a role he even­tu­ally stepped down from at the end of 2015 af­ter 38 years. In 2002 Phil was made Chair­man of South­ern 100 Rac­ing, a po­si­tion he still holds to­day. Since 1955 and up to and in­clud­ing 2015, Phil has seen the South­ern 100 grow from a fledg­ling club meet­ing to a fully Fim-au­tho­rised In­ter­na­tional Road Race – one of just four that are held in the Bri­tish Isles an­nu­ally. Away from the South­side Bil­lown Course, Phil has been in­volved with thett Races, the Manx Grand Prix and lat­terly the Clas­sic TT for many years, in­clud­ing be­ing Clerk of the Course for the Manx Grand Prix (now the Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­cy­cling) from 2008 - 2015. He is also in­volved with the short cir­cuit road races or­gan­ised by the An­drea Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion at Jurby Au­to­drome. Phil has ded­i­cated over 60 years of his life to the sport of mo­tor­cy­cle road rac­ing and is just as pas­sion­ate about ‘his’ sport to­day, if not more so, as he was when he first got in­volved back in 1955 with his best mate, the late Gor­don Clague. South­ern 100 Rac­ing con­grat­u­lates Philtaub­man MBE on his well-de­served award, but he will not have much time to rest on his lau­rels, as the three races be­ing run on the Bil­lown Course in 2017 need to be or­gan­ised and the course needs to be set-up once again for the ‘Friendly Races’.

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