LUCKY-TO-BE-ALIVE Iain Hutchison’s misfortune turned into a positive plus for Lothians-based speedway team Edinburgh Monarchs.
The former sidecar rider only came into the sport after breaking both legs in a horror crash at the famous Isle of Man TT race meeting.
Motorcycle sidecar passenger Hutchison was catapulted high into the air after tangling with an opposition outfit at 130mph.
He was airlifted to hospital by helicopter and spent seven months recovering. It was during that long spell off work that he was really drawn into speedway.
Yes, he had been a fan and had queued with thousands of others to get into Monarchs’ meetings as a boy. But the welder had not taken an active part until he was invited to become pit crew for ex-Monarchs racer Benny Rourke.
And when Rourke retired, Hutchison was asked to become machine examiner by Monarchs’ current co-promoter John Campbell, an accountant with offices in Dalkeith and Dunbar.
That was in 1981, and he has held the position ever since. Hutchison – nicknamed Mose after the cowboy character in the famous John Wayne movie, The Searchers – has also been machine examiner on a temporary basis for the last 17 years at Berwick Bandits.
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