During the 1985 Senior TT Races, Rob Vine, a regular TT competitor from Dover in Kent, lost his life at the Black Dub.
Dr. David B. Stevens MBE, Chief Medical Officer at the time for the TT and Manx Grand Prix races, in conunction with Rob's family established a Nobles Hospital administered Gift Account.
Following DBS's retirement, as a Noble’s Hospital Consultant, in March 2005 and with the approval, cooperation and advice from the DHSS, Attorney General’s Office and Advocate Neil Hanson, the Rob Vine Fund was set up as a separate Registered Charity No 954 [Isle of Man].
The Charity is also a Company Limited by Guarantee and at the time had Motorsport Medical Services and the Hogg Motorsport Association registered under the Business Names Act.
The role of Motorsport Medical Services ceased to exist in March 2016 when a new company took over the organisation of the medical services, appointed by the Isle of Man Governments Dept of Economic Develoment. The new company is Manx Roadracing Medical Services headed up by local GP Dr Gruff Evans with fellow Directors Dr Gareth Davies of HEMS London and Sr Sally Simmons, For further information see www.mrms.im
The purposes of the Fund have remained unchanged for over 30 years. They are to provide medical/rescue equipment and training for all doctors, paramedics and marshals involved in 2, 3 and 4 wheeled motorsport events on the Isle of Man, the Road Racing Capital of the World.
The Fund has provided the following:-
All the orange immediate care cases placed at over 110 marshalling locations on the TT course. These provide comprehensive medical equipment for basic first aid by marshals and advanced life support by doctors or paramedics as members of Manx Roadracing Medical Services.
Orthopaedic scoop stretchers and red head rests at all the same marshalling points.
The emergency resuscitation, medical and other equipment used in the rescue helicopters for the TT Races, Festival of Motorcycling and Billown course events.
Financial support for the equipment and training costs of the Hogg Motorsport Association which provides two MSA [ Motor Sports Association ] licensed race and rally rescue ambulances and a third ambulance, all of which are fully equipped front line ambulances, crewed from 19 unpaid volunteer members, most of whom are MSA licensed Rescue crew.
This long term commitment, by the Rob Vine Fund, requires an expensive rolling financial programme, for the provision of medical/rescue equipment and training. With over £250,000 worth of equipment around the TT Course, in the rescue helicopters and the 3 Hogg Motorsport Ambulances, the fund has to find 10%, about £25,000 per year in order to ensure all items are replaced on reaching their 'use by date' and reflect current best medical practice.