For those of you who don’t know, Ian Pogson or, as he recently became, Dr. Pogson, has been an unofficial ambassador (no pun intended) for all things BL through to MG Motor UK for many years. Again, as many who attended AROnline’s recent 20th Anniversary gathering at Gaydon will concur, he’s a chap who bristles with knowledge, passion and a love of sharing his experiences and anecdotes with anybody.
Sadly, Ian was recently involved in a road traffic accident for which, according to many witnesses and the Police, he was totally without blame. Riding back home from the NEC after attending an event, a car pulled out in front of him which caused a collision and resulted in Ian being thrown from his ‘bike. Ian consequently sustained serious multiple injuries – in addition to cuts and bruises, he has a broken femur, a cracked pelvis and two broken wrists.
More worrying was a slight nick which he sustained to his carotid artery. Had this been just slightly more deeper, it would have been – in Ian’s own words – ‘curtains at the kerbside for sure‘. Despite this horrendous experience and after spending well over 15 hours in surgery, Ian is now recovering at home in the bosom of his wonderful family in Worcestershire.
I popped up to visit Ian just the other day and, despite being in a great deal of pain with very limited mobility, he’s not lost his ability to talk the leg off a chair and reminisce about engineering, steam locos and the good old, bad old days. I was a bit shocked at what I saw and his batteries soon ran down after an hour or so. His spirit and determination hasn’t been touched luckily… this bloke’s a real fighter.
Ian, his wife Sharon and rest of the family would like to thank and make it known they are touched by the amount of well-wishers who have contacted them and sent dozens of cards. Thankfully, Ian’s on the mend, but he’s taken a good hiding and one hell of a shock to the system – both of which will take a good time to heal. All of us here at AROnline hope you join us in sending our thoughts and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
All the very best Ian… We hope you get back on your feet soon!