Dave Molyneux Announces his Retirement from Racing

Sidecar driver Dave Molyneux has announced his retirement from Sidecar racing after the conclusion of the 2024 Isle of Man TT Races, having won a record breaking seventeen times since his debut in 1985.

However,  the now 60-year-old made his debut at the friendly races, the Southern 100 twelve months earlier in 1984 taking second place with passenger Paul Craine in the Sidecar Consolation Race.

1985 saw the same pairing take their first race victory in the Consolation race. The following year, with another Paul in the chair (Kneale) they took what would become for Dave the first of six Southern 100 Sidecar Championships up to and including 2003 – a record which still stands twenty years later!

A Manxman, Dave is also a brilliant engineer and sidecar builder which has helped him along with six different passengers to take the chequered flag no less than fifteen times around the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Course, a record which like his Championships he has held for twenty years.

Dave Molyneux’s Southern 100 Sidecar Championships:

Dave Molyneux Paul Kneale 1986 Sidecar Championship Bregazzi Yamaha
Karl Ellison 1991 Open Sidecar Champions Suzuki
Karl Ellison 1992 Open Sidecar Champions Suzuki
Craig Hallam 1998 Mylchreests Mitsubishi Sidecar Champions DMR Honda
Craig Hallam 2002 Today’s Agrimark Group Sidecar Championship 600 Honda
Craig Hallam 2003 Sidecar Championship Race 600 DMR Honda


Southern 100 Racing would like to thank Dave for his continued support of the Southside races since his first entry in 1984 to his latest in 2017.

We have been honoured to watch your racing around the Billown Course and proud to see your name and achievements added to the ‘Champions Board’ in the Club Headquarters and the history of ‘the friendly races’, the Southern 100.

(Photo courtesy of Southern 100 Archive depicts Dave Molyneux and Paul Kneale on their way to winning Dave’s first Southern 100 Sidecar Championship in 1986.)


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