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Visitors to the Scottish Motorcycle Show this year will have the chance to meet the Dalbeattie Destroyer, Ian Simpson.

Simpson began racing at the age of 16 and entered the British championship two years later. He won the TT Superbike class in the 1994 HEAT British Supercup (now known as the British Superbike Championship) on a Duckhams Crighton Norton, the final year Rotary Nortons were raced at this level as new homoglation rules required that a larger number of road-going bikes were produced than Norton could afford.

Other British titles won by Simpson were in Supersport, taking the 600cc Supercup championships in 1991 and 1994, and the 400cc national championship in 1993. He was Production Powerbike champion in 1997. Simpson also won three Isle of Man TT and five North West 200 races (including the Superbike class in 1995, 1996 and 1998).

Simpson was injury prone, breaking both legs four times, and it was a repeat of these injuries which caused him to retire in 2001, having narrowly escaped needing to have his right leg amputated. He later opened a sporting goods shop.

He made a one-off comeback in the International Classic Grand Prix race at the 2008 North West 200.

The Dalbeattie Destroyer will attend both days at the 2019 MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show (9/10 March).

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