Gary Cowan campaigned the 1989 grand prix trail on the Dutch backed Doc shop Yamaha. He returned to Northern Ireland for the annual end of season Sunflower trophy meeting at Kirkistown. Earlier in the day, Gary easily won the 250 race, and he also entered his machine, just a production TZ 250, in the superbike races. The organisers tried to talk him out of it, pointing out that Ron Haslam was bringing the Pepsi RG 500 suzuki, Brian Morrison on the 750 RC Honda,Steve Cull with the super fast rotary Norton, Eddie Laycock aboard his 500 GP Honda ...and more! However, Gary brought the 250 to the line for this, the second superbike race. Sadly a short five months later, Gary would crash at Daytona, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.
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