Racer’s legacy to live on in trophy

Ian Bell in action with his son Carl. Picture by Charles Robertson.

Ian Bell in action with his son Carl. Picture by Charles Robertson.

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A lasting legacy has been created to a popular motorcyclist.

Ian Bell died during a sidecar race on the Isle of Man in June while competing with his son Carl, who escaped without any injuries.

The Ian Bell Trophy will be awarded to the overall Super 2 Sidecar Masters Champions

The Ian Bell Trophy will be awarded to the overall Super 2 Sidecar Masters Champions

Floral tributes were left for the popular 58-year-old at his motorcycle dealership in Bedlington while hundreds of bikers joined his family and friends at his funeral.

Now the sport which saw him win a number of trophies is to honour his name and legacy.

The UK Super 2 Sidecar Masters Series has created the Ian Bell Trophy.

The trophy will be presented to the overall winner of the popular and ever growing sidecar race series which has been held at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount events, Isle of Man TT, Southern 100 and Auto 66’s Cadwell Park events during 2016.

A spokesperson for the series said: “The trophy has been named after the legend of the sport; Ian Bell who tragically lost his life at the Isle of Man TT this year.

“The multi-times sidecar champion, TT winner and Oliver’s Mount hero was admired by fellow competitors and fans at every event he attended.

“It was felt by organisers and riders that naming a trophy after him this would be a fitting tribute.

“We would like to thank the Bell family for allowing us to continue Ian’s name in the sport. After a visit by Carl Bell to the Barry Sheene festival in Scarborough it was great to get the family’s blessing for this new trophy.”

The next round of the series is at Cadwell Park on September 10 and 11, followed by the Oliver’s Mount Gold Cup on September 24 and 25 then the final round at the sidecar bash at Cadwell Park on October 22 and 23.