A COUNTY racing legend who died tragically at the peak of his powers will be remembered at a special memorial meeting this weekend.

Jock Taylor, from Pencaitland, was one of Scotland's finest sidecar racers, claiming British and Scottish sidecar championship glory before taking the World Sidecar Championship title in 1980.

He was also famous for his stunning performances with passenger Benga Johansson at the infamous Isle of Man TT races, winning it four times in an illustrious career.

Taylor died at just 28 taking part in the Finnish Grand Prix in 1982. He is still considered a legend and a monument to him was erected in Pencaitland in 2006.

Fellow racers pay tribute to Taylor each year at Fife circuit Knockhill, home of many of his triumphs, and this year's date has been moved forward from its typical autumn date in an attempt to encourage more to attend.

This year's event will be the 29th annual Jock Taylor Memorial Trophy meeting and the two-day event sees five sidecar races run, as well as solos.

Taylor's niece, Yvonne Schmitt, from Drem, said: "Moving the Jock Taylor meeting to the summer instead of October will hopefully bring even more spectators.

"The sidecar races bring lots of competitors from other parts of the UK. Jock's trophy is already adorned with many names of past world champions who have competed and won at the event. We are hoping for a Scottish victory this year!"