Colchester MGP rider Gary Vines dies in Ballagarey crash

Gary Vines Colchester MGP rider died in Ballagarey crash
Colchester’s Gary Vines lost his life following a crash at the Manx Grand Prix (Photo: Getty Images)


Tragic news: Colchester racer Gary Vines perishes in a qualifying collision. The racing industry is mourning the untimely death of renowned Colchester MGP rider Gary Vines who was killed in a crash on the Ballagarey.

All who knew him were moved by his fervor for racing and contagious delight. During this greatly challenging time, our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fellow racers. Read ahead to learn more about the Ballagarey crash and what exactly happened to Gary Vines.

What happened to Gary Vines?

Gary Vines, 33, perishes in a Manx GP practice accident. The Manx Grand Prix’s organizers have revealed that competitor Gary Vines passed away following an accident on the Isle of Man’s first day of qualifying practice.

We send the following message from the Manx Grand Prix with sadness. Although he was relatively new to the TT, Gary left a lasting impression on everyone he encountered. 

The statement from Manx Grand Prix reads the following,

It is with a heavy heart that the Manx Grand Prix can confirm the loss of Gary Vines, who succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident in the first qualifying session of the 2023 event.

Everyone involved in the organization of the Manx Grand Prix would like to express their deepest sympathies to Gary’s family, his partner, his loved ones, and his friends.

Gary was a well-loved and respected member of the paddock and his peers will fondly remember a skilled and stylish racer with an impressive racing CV. The loss of Gary will be felt deeply by all.



Fatal crash in Ballagarey: How did the accident happen?

Unfortunately, an accident near Ballagarey cut short the practice session till 3:20 PM, ruining everything. The pilot, Gary Vines, 33, was saved, but today the organization announced his passing from his wounds.

According to organizers, rider Gary Vines passed away following a collision in the Manx Grand Prix qualification. The session was red-flagged after Vines, from Colchester, came off his bike at Ballagarey in the Classic Superbike and Senior practice.

On his first lap in the opening session of the 2023 competition on Sunday afternoon, the 33-year-old Colchester resident was hurt near Ballagarey in Glen Vine. While the crash was fixed, the session was briefly halted.

Who was Gary Vines?

Gary had participated in the TT Races since 2022 and the Manx Grand Prix since 2015. He competed in the 2015 Newcomers B Race with his own, flawlessly prepared Yamaha TZ250.

Vines was an expert on two-stroke 250cc engines. He claimed a convincing and well-liked victory against a field of Supertwin bikes.

Gary finished in the top ten several times in the 250cc class at the Classic TT and once again landed on the podium in the 2018 Lightweight MGP.

He was a well-known and respected personality outside of the Isle of Man in the two-stroke and vintage racing scene, and he was a well-known face at the Goodwood Members’ Meetings and the GP Originals championship.

Gary had competed in the infamous Red Bull Romaniacs hard enduro rallye and was a strong off-road biker. Gary was a beloved and well-respected member of the paddock, and his teammates will warmly recall him as a talented and fashionable racer with a strong racing resume. 

Tributes have poured in for the rider on social media

News of Wines’ death spread fast as tributes were poured to him on social media. Some of them were posted below.

Quellin Images wrote,

The 2023 Manx Grand Prix practicing and qualifying got off to the worst start yesterday. We lost another warrior. We wish to pass our sympathies to Gary’s family, friends, and racing team. Gary Vines, ride the skies.

Andy Farrell Racing #96 posted,

Absolutely gutted to hear Gary Vines passed away after his accident in practice last night, we had a hell of a battle in 2018 and at one stage he was on my back wheel after making up 10 seconds on me. He was a fantastic 250 rider and a great competitor, rip Gary thinking of his family and friends at a very difficult time.

Lewis Wilkinson said,

So gutted to hear the news about your passing Gary Vines. Had so many good laughs over the years! What a character that people won’t forget in and out of the racing. Won’t ever forget you buzzing about in your little moped with the little random homemade number plate on with a big grin on your face. A true honor to of known you. RIP forever riding the skies ✊💨💔

We at Medico Topics extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends, and everyone else whose life he impacted. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this trying time of loss and reflection. Please feel free to leave a condolence in the comment area below as well.


Clifford Barrino, a Monroe man killed in an accident on U.S. 74 in Monroe, NC

Chris Martin died, an NZ boxing coach and trainer passed away unexpectedly, cause of death & Obituary

Follow us on Twitter to get the latest news

Leave a Comment