was interested in bikes from an early age, and passed his road
bike test at the age of 17. He always considered himself a fast
rider on the roads, but realised pretty quickly that that doesn't
prepare you for track or real road racing.
always had ambitions to race in the Manx Grand Prix, but it
took him until he was 32, when in 2000 he decided to take his
first steps towards realising that ambition. He, and fellow
racing enthusiast and friend, Chris Preston formed Team P.C.
Racing, and on 2nd April 2000 he pitched up at a piss wet Jurby
Airfield for his first race meeting on his bog-standard R1 Yamaha
- resplendent in a novice's orange bib! His important first
signature was in the bag...
attended many race meetings across, including Oulton Park, Aintree,
Mallory, Darley Moor and Donington gathering those precious
signatures, until he obtained first his Clubman's, then his
National Licence. MGP here we come...
was the year of foot and mouth and would have been the year
that Tommy would have debuted in the Newcomer's Race had the
MGP not been cancelled. It saw him racing the Honda CBR600FW
(ex-Motorcycle City) and winning the Isle of Man Clubman Championship
in the process. He also represented the IOM as part of the Manx
team in the Celtic Match Races at Mondello Park.
first Manx Grand Prix in 2002 saw him get an excellent 2nd place
in the Newcomer's, 7th in the Junior and, sadly, a retirement
in the Senior while in a good position.
2003 Manx was a major disappointment with retirements in both
the Junior & Senior due to mechanical problems with the
ex-V&M R6 Yamaha. He also took part in the Southern 100,
Ulster Grand Prix and TT riding the TAS Suzuki GSXR1000K1 Production
spec (Ex David Jefferies) and the V&M R6 Yamaha (Ex Moodie
/ Jefferies) Supersport 600 spec bikes.
along with his main sponsor Chris Preston, always ensured that
they had the best bikes, equipment and gear that they could
afford - it was a "Factory" Team. Team PC Racing enjoyed
five very successful race seasons together. Tom had many private
sponsors over the years - and he appreciated every single one
of them, giving them credit on the web site, and with a sticker
on the bike.
the process he achieved some good results, won numerous trophies
and several titles, amongst them:
were, therefore, high for the 2004 Manx Grand Prix, and Tommy's
practice times on the MBR Supersport CBR600RR were giving real
hopes of success in both the Junior and Senior Manx races.
the morning of the Junior Race, 1st September 2004, Tom's team,
family and friends all gathered in the paddock to get ready
for the big race. There was a feeling of tension as the race
start approached and after wishing him luck everyone headed
off to take their places for the race. On his way to the start
line Tom was interviewed by Greenlight Television and then it
was up to the bike, another interview - this time the traditional
Radio TT version with Chris Kinley. After a natter with Ryan
Farquhar, and a joke with fellow MBR team mate Ian Pattinson
it was onto the bike to await the start of this highly anticipated
then he was off, through the lights and down Bray Hill before
you knew it... On
the first lap he smashed the 120mph barrier for the first time
- clocking in at an impressive 120.28mph, that's 18mins 49.2seconds....
His second lap was 120.27mph (18 mins 49.3secs), leading the
race all the way. He came in for a pit stop at the end of lap
2, getting a drink, visor change and fuel. Then he was out again
on the third lap maintaining his lead. It seemed no time at
all before he was through Glencrutchery Road again and out on
the fourth and final lap.
Sadly, on this lap, as Tommy
approached Ballaugh the engine in the 600 blew and he attempted
to wrestle the bike under control. The bike eventually came
to a stop, throwing him into the bales at Ballaugh Bridge and
then hit him. Tom was airlifted to Noble's Hospital where the
doctors and staff fought for hours to save him. Tragically,
Tom's injuries were too severe and he died at 9.23pm that evening
surrounded by his closest family and friends.
web site contains a unique record of a unique man and his progress
from a novice rider to record breaker. The Gallery contains
a full photographic history of his racing days and Tom’s
"World Famous Diary” which provide us with a lasting,
poignant, but always funny first person account of his short
but amazing racing career.