Former World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson has joined a list of racing celebrities attending the forthcoming Gus Scott Auction.
Neil will be attending the event - testing duties allowing - alongside Jamie Whitham, John McGuinness, Dean Ellison and Martin Finnegan. Other stars who are hoping to come - pending work commitments -include Michael Rutter, Karl Harris and Leon Haslam.
Ian Scott - known to many in bike-racing circles as Gus - was a popular motorcycle racer and journalist. Gus, originally from Burneside, Cumbria, died during the Senior race of this year's Isle of Man races, leaving behind his 10-year-old daughter Yasmin. The auction will raise money to be held in a trust fund for her.
The auction itself takes place on Sunday November 27th from 5pm-'til late at the Club Amadeus in Northallerton - home of the popular North Yorkshire Road Racing Supporters Club. There will be a fee of £3 to pay on the door half of which goes to the club which supports young motorcycle racers and the other half to the trust fund.
So far the list of items up for auction include a Buell Lightning CityX motorcycle worth £6000, kit from racers including Colin Edwards, James Toseland, Chris Walker, Michael Rutter, John McGuinness, and Glen Richards. Other items include an Arai helmet signed by all the Arai wearers on the MotoGP grid, a set of Noriyuki Haga's leathers, a Suomy helmet signed by riders from World Superbikes, a replica of the Foggy Petronas team truck signed by Carl Fogarty, a helmet signed by Kawasaki ace Shinya Nakano, VIP tickets to British Superbike, World Superbike and MotoGP meetings in 2006 and many more bits of motorcycle kit and memorabilia. A raffle to win various items of kit will also be part of the evening's proceedings.
More information on the up-coming auction will be announced at the 2005 International Motorcycle and Scooter Show on the Two Wheels Only stand and in future issues of the magazine. If anyone from the motorcycle industry who knew Gus would like to make a pledge for the auction itself or wishes to confirm their attendance on the night, please contact Bertie Simmonds on 01536 373846, 07899 961912 or bertieRb8@aol.com.
Financial pledges can also be made through www.gusscott.com where you can purchase pictures of MotoGP, World Superbike and British Superbike stars from a number of renowned photographers. Plenty of pictures of Gus in action are also for sale.