Brian Reid

Brian Reid started racing in 1976 at St. Angelo airfield, Enniskillen, and had his first road race the same year at the Dundrod Circuit in Killinchy 150 riding a TD3 250 Yamaha. His first road race win came in 1979 at a wet Carrowdore meeting riding a 125ccMorbidelli.

He first tackled the Isle of Man circuit for the Manx Grand Prix in 1978 riding a Yamaha TZ250 which seized in the newcomers race and threw him off at Cruikshanks corner in Ramsey, his best result at the Manx coming in 1980 with a second place in the senior race riding an RG500 Suzuki for Welsh sponsor Raymond Cowles. Reid’s first Isle of Man TT race came in 1981, without much luck, but he won the first of his national championships the 350cc Ulster Grand Prix that same year.

In 1982 Reid created history by becoming the first to win 3 Irish road race championships in one year, taking the 250cc, 350cc and 500cc titles. 1983 saw him crowned Irish Motorcyclist of the Year which he also won again in 1989. In 1984 Reid turned his attention to the Formula TT world championship racing with loyal friend and sponsor Mick Mooney of Irish Racing Motorcycles supplying a privately entered 350cc Yamaha. In that first year Reid collected a bronze medal and, but for a breakdown at the Ulster Grand Prix, could have been gold. Reid made amends in 1985 by taking gold with wins in Portugal, Spain and the Ulster, and repeated the feat in 1986 to be a double world champion; he also had the first of his 5 TT wins in this year.

1989 saw the launch of the hugely popular Regal 600cc championship which Reid took by storm, dominating from the beginning and taking the title on the Budweiser Yamaha, again he retained his title in 1990 and won his second TT taking the Supersport 600cc. Reid went on to take TT wins in 1992, with a double in the Supersport 400cc and Junior 250cc, and in 1993 with a Junior 250cc win.

In 1994 his career was brought to a premature end when he was involved in a serious accident at the Temple 100, his worst ever crash, which ultimately forced him to retire from the sport.

 

Race Statistics

First Competitive Race: 1976 St Angelo
First Competitive Road Race: 1976 Killinchy 150

Major Race Wins: 

World Formula 2 Championship  Winner 1985 & 1986 (placed 3rd 1984)

Race Wins:
1984 Brno (CZ)
1985 Vila Real (P)
1985 Montjuich Park (E)
1985 Ulster GP
1986 IOM TT

Other podium finishes:
1984 3rd Vila Real, 1986 2nd Ulster GP

International Isle of Man TT wins: 5

1986 Formula 2
1990 Junior Supersport 600
1992 Junior 250
1992 Supersport 400
1993 Junior 250

International Ulster GP wins: 9

1983 250cc
1983 350cc
1985 Formula 2
1987 250cc
1988 250cc
1989 600cc
1990 250cc
1992 250cc
1992 400cc

International North West 200 wins: 1

1989 600cc

International Gold Cup Scarborough wins: 1

1992 Supersport 400 (Lap Record)

International Sunflower Trophy wins:1

1992 Supersport 400 (Lap record – Kirkistown)

International Bill Ivy Silver Helmet Trophy Brands Hatch: 2nd

1982 350cc

Irish National Road Race wins: 68

7 Race wins at the Carrowdore 100 between 1979 – 1990
14 Race wins at the Mid-Antrim 150 between 1980 – 1993
15 Race wins at the Temple 100 between 1980 – 1993
14 Race wins at the Tandragee 100 between 1980 – 1994
3 Race wins at the Skerries 100 between 1982 – 1983
1 Race win at Fore 1982
5 Race wins at the Cookstown 100 between 1984 – 1991
8 Race wins at the Killinchy/Dundrod 150 between 1984 – 1993
1 Race win at Dundalk 1990

Irish Short Circuit Championship wins: 9

250cc 2 Championships between 1982 – 1994
400cc 3 Championships 1991
600cc 4 Championships between 1989 – 1991

World Formula 1 Championships:

23rd 1988
34th 1990
Best result 1988 9th Ulster GP

Irish Road Race Championships: 10

1979 50 miles 200cc
1981 50 miles 350cc
1982 250cc
1982 350cc
1982 500cc
1983 350cc
1983 500cc
1984 250cc
1984 350cc
1990 600cc

Ulster Road Race Championships: 8

1981 350cc
1982 350cc
1982 250cc
1983 350cc
1983 500cc
1984 250cc
1984 350cc
1984 1000cc

Irish Short Circuit Championships: 1

1982 10 miles 250cc

Regal 600 Championships: 2

1989 Supersport 600cc
1990 Supersport 600cc

Isle of Man National Road Race wins: 5

2nd 1980 Manx GP
5 Senior Southern 100 Race wins between 1982 – 1983

British National Wins: 1

1982 350cc Mallory Park

Other Awards and Achievements:

First rider to win 3 Irish Championships in one season 250cc, 350cc,500cc (1982)

Irish Racer Hall of Fame 2010

Enkalon Irish Motorcyclist of the Year 1982, 1989

Ralph Rensen Memorial Trophy 1982, 1983

First 100mph lap at Temple 100: 100.29 mph 1983 riding a 350 Yamaha

First 100mph lap at Southern 100: 100.00 mph 1983 riding a 500 Suzuki

Only Privateer World Champion from Ireland

First 112 mph lap on a 250cc – Isle of Man TT 1985

Has won on every Irish road race circuit that he competed in

Honorary President of the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club

Honorary President of the North Armagh Motorcycle Club

Sponsors and Teams

1981 – 1989 Irish Racing Motorcycles (Mick Mooney)

1982 – 1985 Topping Racing – 500cc Yamaha 1982, 500cc Suzuki 1983 & 1984, 500cc Yamaha 1985

1981 – 1986 A W Racing (Alec Waugh) – 250cc EMC 1984 & 1985, 250cc Kimoco 1986

1987 Pepsi 250cc EMC

1988 7 UP 250cc EMC

1989 – 1991 Budweiser 600 Yamaha

1989 Rob Hunter 750cc Honda

1990 – 1991 Rob Hunter 250cc Yamaha

1991 Budweiser 400 Yamaha

1992 Loctite 250cc and 400 Yamahas

1993 Total Oils 250cc Yamaha

1993 – 1994 Winston McAdoo Racing 600 Honda

RACE WINS:

North West 200
1989 Supersport 600 Yamaha 110.350 mph

Isle Of Man TT 
1986 Formula 2 Yamaha 350 109.72 mph
1990 Supersport 600 Yamaha 111.98 mph
1992 Junior Yamaha 250 115.13 mph
1992 Supersport 400 Yamaha 110.50 mph
1993 Junior Yamaha 250 115.14 mph

Ulster Grand Prix 
1983 250cc Yamaha 98.69 mph
1983 350cc Yamaha 97.76 mph
1985 Formula 2 Yamaha 350 111.19 mph
1987 250/350cc Yamaha 350 108.28 mph
1988 250/350cc EMC 250 109.09 mph
1989 Supersport 600 Yamaha 112.252 mph
1990 250/400cc Yamaha 250 116.033 mph
1992 250/400cc Yamaha 250 112.14 mph
1992 Supersport 400 Yamaha 107.31 mph

International Gold Cup Scarborough
Supersport 400 (Lap Record) -1992

International Sunflower Trophy 
Supersport 600-1990
Supersport 400 (Lap record Kirkistown)-1992

Isle Of Man National Road Races

1978 Southern 100 250cc Newcomer
1982 Southern 100 250cc
1982 Southern 100 350cc
1983 Southern 100 1300cc
1983 Southern 100 Solo Championship

IRISH NATIONAL ROAD RACE WINS:

Cookstown 100
1984 250cc
1989 250/350cc (350)
1989 Supersport 600
1990 Supersport 600
1991 Supersport 600

Tandragee 100

1980 125cc
1981 250cc
1982 350cc
1982 500cc
1984 1000cc
1985 350cc
1988 350cc
1988 1000cc
1989 350cc
1989 Supersport 600
1990 250cc
1990 Supersport 600
1991 Supersport 600
1994 250cc

Killinchy 150

1984 350cc Yamaha 110.41 mph
1987 350cc Yamaha 112.06 mph
1988 250/350cc Yamaha 350 112.07 mph
1989 Supersport 600 Yamaha 110.85 mph
1990 250/350cc Race 1 Yamaha 250 113.65 mph
1990 250/350cc Race 2 Yamaha 250 114.27 mph
1990 Supersport 600 Yamaha 113.75 mph

Dundrod 150

1993 250cc Yamaha 101.11 mph

Skerries 100

1982 350cc
1983 1000cc
1983 Grand Final

Temple 100

1980 125cc
1982 250cc
1982 350cc
1983 350cc
1983 1000cc
1984 250cc
1984 350cc
1985 250cc
1987 250cc
1987 350cc
1989 250/350cc
1989 Supersport 600
1990 Supersport 600
1993 250cc
1993 Supersport 600

Mid-Antrim 150

1980 125cc
1982 250cc
1982 350cc
1983 350cc
1983 500cc
1984 350cc
1984 1000cc
1985 250cc
1985 350cc
1987 250cc
1988 350cc
1989 350cc
1992 250cc
1993 250cc

Carrowdore 100

1979 200cc
1981 350cc
1982 250cc
1983 350cc
1984 250cc
1987 350cc
1990 250cc

Fore

1982 500cc

Dundalk

1990 Supersport 600

Irish Short Circuit Championship Race Wins:

1982 250cc Aghadowey (9 Oct)
1989 600cc Kirkistown (1 May)
1989 600cc Nutts Corner (13 Jul)
1990 600cc Nutts Corner (22 Sep)
1991 400cc Nutts Corner (23 Mar)
1991 600cc Nutts Corner (13 Apr)
1991 400cc Nutts Corner (13 Apr)
1991 400cc Nutts Corner (28 Sep)
1994 250cc Kirkistown (4 Apr)

Absolute Lap Records:

1983 Southern 100 Isle of Man (500cc Suzuki)
1983 Temple 100 (350cc Yamaha)
1983 Mid Antrim 150 (500cc Suzuki)
1985 Tandragee 100 (350cc Yamaha)
1987 Temple 100 (250cc EMC)

Lap Records:

1980 Mid Antrim 150 (125cc Morbidelli)
1982 Temple 100 (250cc Yamaha)
1982 Temple 100 (500cc Yamaha) unlimited
1982 Mid Antrim 150 (250cc Yamaha)
1982 Carrowdore 100 (250cc Yamaha)
1983 Southern 100 Isle of Man (500cc Suzuki)
1983 Temple 100 (350cc Yamaha)
1983 Temple 100 (500cc Suzuki)
1983 Mid Antrim 150 (500cc Suzuki)
1984 Tandragee 100 (500cc Suzuki) unlimited
1984 North West 200 (250cc EMC)
1984 Killinchy 150 (250cc EMC)
1984 Mid Antrim 150 (350cc Yamaha)
1985 Tandragee 100 (350cc Yamaha)
1985 Isle of Man TT Junior (250cc EMC)
1985 Isle of Man TT Formula 11 (350cc Yamaha)
1985 Ulster Grand Prix Formula 11 (350cc Yamaha)
1986 Isle of Man TT Formula 11 (350cc Yamaha)
1987 Killinchy 150 (350cc Yamaha)
1987 Temple 100 (250cc EMC)
1988 Tandragee 100 (350cc Yamaha)
1989 Cookstown 100 (Supersport 600)
1989 Tandragee 100 (Supersport 600)
1989 Killinchy 150 (Supersport 600)
1989 Temple 100 (250cc Yamaha)
1989 Ulster Grand Prix (Supersport 600)
1990 Killinchy 150 (250cc Yamaha)
1990 Ulster Grand Prix 250cc Yamaha)
1991 North west 200 (250cc Yamaha)
1992 Ulster Grand Prix ( Supersport 400)
1992 Supersport 400 International Gold Cup Scarborough
1992 Isle of Man TT (Supersport 400)
1992 Sunflower Trophy Kirkistown (Supersport 400)