Sidecar TT racers remain in hospital

Supporters raising funds for medical care

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 18, 2009
Sidecar racers Nick Crowe and Mark Cox remain in hospital care after a serious accident June 10 at the Isle of Man TT.

The HM Plant Honda duo crashed on the first lap of the second Sidecar race of the 2009 Isle of Man TT. According to a statement released by the team, the accident was caused by a collision with what is believed to be a hare as Crowe and Cox approached the 17-mile marker.

Crowe, a five-time Isle of Man TT racer and Isle of Man native, and passenger Cox from Rochester, England, were leading the race at the time. The duo won both Sidecar races in the 2008 Isle of Man TT.

Crowe’s wife Danny and his sister Gaynor say he remains in intensive care with serious limb injuries. Crowe was initially treated at Noble’s Hospital on the Isle of Man and later transferred to a U.K. hospital for further treatment.

According to the HM Plant Honda statement, “the family is encouraged by Nick’s awareness when he is awake and would like to express how much everyone’s support and well-wishes are helping him.”

Nick Crowe (left) and Mark Cox celebrating their 2008 Isle of Man TT victory.

Cox is in stable condition with serious leg injuries, according to his fiancée Amanda. Cox has been at Noble’s Hospital since the accident and will be transferred to a U.K. hospital next week.

“The family is very grateful for all of the well-wishes received, which have provided great encouragement for them and Mark,” reads the HM Plant Honda statement.

Supporters are organizing several events to raise funds for Crowe and Cox’s medical treatment. The fundraising events, fully backed by the racers’ families, include an online auction and a benefit hosted by Isle of Man Minister of Trade and Industry David Cretney. Plans are also in the works for a sponsored sidecar push around the Isle of Man TT mountain course.

For more information about the fundraising efforts, contact nickcrowefundraising@manx.com.

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