Edward Whitewood 1937 - 2020
It is with much regret that the Club has learned of the passing of Edward (Eddie) Whitewood.
Edward is fondly remembered by everyone that knew him in the club. His work on the Committee together with his vision and enthusiasm throughout a tenure of well over 40 years, helped to boost the club’s profile from a small regular concern to a level where The IOWMCC received national recognition. He put the club on the UK trials map!
The photo above was taken at Pitts Down, Calbourne, early to mid-60’s by good friend Steve Greenen. Steve remembers using his (at the time) ‘state of the art’ Box Brownie camera.
Edward is mainly remembered for his excellent journalistic skills. He served as the club’s press secretary for at least 34 years. He was also very instrumental in getting the first Wight Two Day Trial (1967) off the ground. The trial soon became over-subscribed with entry levels hitting 250 at its peak. Edward remained involved with every Two Day Trial from its inception in 1967 until 2004 – that’s 38 years! An absolutely incredible record which will probably never be surpassed.
Club President; Roy Groves payed tribute “ Eddie was one of those who worked tirelessly away in the background”. Roy also said that without Edward’s drive – The Two Day Trial may not of happened at all. He was also responsible for negotiating new uniforms, paid for by Sammy Miller, for the then IOWMCC Display Team.
Edward’s skills were not restricted to the press or the board room either – he enjoyed riding at club events on his 4 speed Bultaco. Although he did have a real soft spot for Francis Barnet trials bikes, latterly he became the proud owner of two such machines. Edward is also remembered, in his retirement, for his never ending support of club members competing at mainland events. Often travelling off the Island with his wife, Barbara, supporting club members at events such as The Scottish Six Day Trial & The Bike Bonanza, Gloucester.
Our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies are firmly with Alison & Richard and their families at this sad time.
RIP Edward Whitewood.