Steve Hislop was encouraged to get into motorcycle racing by his father and soon developed an enormous passion for the sport. As a youngster, Hislop worshipped the late Hawick-born Jimmy Guthrie who won motorcycle races across Europe and claimed six Isle of Man TT victories.
Hislop made his racing debut in 1979 and in 1983 he finished second in a newcomers’ race at the Manx Grand Prix. He went on to become a legend of the world-famous Isle of Man TT, claiming 11 victories and eight podiums between 1985 and 1994. This included a classic victory over long-term rival Carl Fogarty in the 1992 senior TT – regarded by many as the greatest TT race in history.
Back on the mainland ‘Hizzy’ won the British 250cc Championship in 1990 and became British Superbike Champion twice in 1995 and 2002. He was the reigning British Superbike Champion when he died in 2003.
Regarded as one of the most talented motorcycle riders of all time, a number of memorials have been created to recognise his substantial achievements. Two bronze statues by Scottish sculptor David Annand have been created – one stands directly opposite a statue of his boyhood hero, Jimmy Guthrie in his home town of Hawick.