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The Southern 100 Road Races


Getting There

The races take place on the Billown Course course on the outskirts of Castletown in the south of the Isle Of Man. The course is 4.25 miles (6.44 km) long and is in the parishes of Arbory and Rushen in the Isle of Man. The course start-line is in Castletown in the Isle of Man which includes the primary A5 New Castletown Road, A28 Castletown to Ballabeg Road, A7 Ballasalla to Port Erin Road and the A3 Castletown to Ramsey Road.

Post Code IM 9 1TE


Useful Websites

The Southern 100 Club www.southern100.com

I.O.M Dept. of Tourism www.visitisleofman.com

Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.  http://www.steam-packet.com/ 

Isle of Man Public Transport  http://www.iomguide.com/timetables/index.php 

About the Southern 100

The first Southern 100 Road Races took place in 1955. The three races covering the classes of 250cc, 350cc, and 500cc attracted 73 entries. The 250cc and the 350cc were the traditional classes of their day, raced over 6 laps covering 25 miles. The 500cc, was the premier race over a massive 24 laps covering a distance of 100 miles. By 1958, the Southern 100 Races had gained national status and in 1962, sidecars were added to the races. In 1968, the Solo Championship was started and in 1969 the Southern 100 Races were part of the British Championship and later in 1992 and 1993 they were included in the Irish Regal Championships.

There are currently 3 meetings run by the Southern 100 Club. During the first weekend of the isle of Man TT Festival the Club hosts the annual Blackford’s Pre TT Classic Races for classic and post classic machines. The concluding weekend of the TT Festival sees the Manx Telecom Post TT Road Races for modern machinery.
 
The principal meeting is the Steam Packet Southern 100 Road Races held in mid July. It caters for modern solo and sidecar machines. Latterly the Southern 100 Races has attained the status of an International meeting and attracts the finest road racers from all over the World. The current solo Champion is the popular Irish rider, Michael Dunlop and the 2011 Sidecar Champions are Austrian, Klaus Klaffenbock and Manx man Dan Sayle. They're all expected to be defending their titles in 2012.
 
 
 
The Southern 100 Races feature mass start solo, sidecar races. Competitors race on the main roads of the Billown Circuit covering 4.25 miles. The races are run by the Southern 100 Club in Castletown and known as the 'Friendly Meeting'.
 
 
 
Eating and drinking
 
During racing there are a number of the S100's own catering outlets situated at Cross Four Ways, Castletown Corner and The Clubhouse. In addition you'll find refreshments at Ballabeg Hairpin too. They're all good and sensibly priced too.
 
Castletown, once the Capital of the Isle of Man and the seat of Tynwald, the Island's parliament, still has many interesting and historic attractions and a number of good pubs all within a short walk of each other. Most serve traditional pub type grub. You'll find most of them busy with thirsty race goers after racing has finished for the day. Members of roadracingsupporters can be found in  The Sidings  each evening during the S100 July meeting. 

The George Hotel, The Parade.

Castle Arms (The Glue Pot), Quayside.

The Ship Inn, Hope Street.

The Sidings, Station Road.

The Union Hotel, Arbory Street.

The Viking, Station Road.