Sam McBride trust charity night

Sam McBride trust charity night

1 December 2021

PROGRESS continues to be made to erect a life-size granite replica of world championship road racer Brian Reid at the Temple roundabout.

The Sam McBride Temple Motorcycle Club’s charitable trust – which is the driving force behind the new monument plan – recently held a successful charity night at Temple Golf Club which was very generously supported.

Guests included former world champion and road racing legend Reid and his family who were joined by road racers Glen and Andrew Irwin and their families. The brothers recently competed in the British Superbike Championship.

Also in attendance at the fundraiser were Lagan Valley MLA Edwin Poots and Lisburn and Castlereagh councillor Uel Mackin, who helped secure permission to erect the granite replica.

A tombola offered a variety of gifts from local businesses and neighbours and a silent auction of donated items were enjoyed by all. 

One of the auction items was a 1971 BSI classic motorcycle, kindly donated to the Sam McBride Trust by the family of Mr Derek Rollins and the machine found its way into the heart and home of another charitable motorbike enthusiast.

Other top prizes on offer included a stay in a luxury villa, a hotel break on the north coast, his and hers leather jackets, tickets to see Man City face Spurs in the English Premiership and Six Nations Rugby Championship tickets for St Patrick’s weekend. Music was provided by the Lively Lads as friends on and new came together.

Following the fundraiser, the charitable trust confirmed that it is closer to achieving its goal of erecting a granite life-size replica of Brian Reid on his iconic world championship winning motorbike.

The replica will take pride of place in the centre of the Temple roundabout which will be accompanied by a focal point and informative granite monument in the adjacent car park, highlighting the five different road circuits used for the legendary Temple 100 road races.

In addition, the granite monument will provide a brief history of the Temple Motorcycle and Athletic Club founded in 1921 and which is celebrating its centenary and also list the names of the eight riders who lost their lives racing at the Temple course. Trustees of the Sam McBride Trust would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the recent event and charity auction and all those who donated prizes.

They include Norman Watt Motorcycles, McBride Fashions, Glass Dolls, Befab, The Buck’s Head, 

Autogrid, McBride Customs, Alan Moore, John Colgan, Carryduff Building Supplies, Carryduff Auto Parts, The Bayview Hotel, Temple Farm Shop, Temple Golf Club and McBride Construction. 

The trustees are also indebted to Mr Poots ad Cllr Mackin, the Reid and Irwin families, all of their friends and neighbours for their support and attendance.

Trustees are also greatly appreciative to the Rollins family for their generous donation of the classic motorcycle.