The 2020 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races were in an advanced stage of organisation, including entries being received, when the decision was made in early March to cancel the meeting, along with the Pre-TT Classic and Post TT Races due to the lack of a guarantee that sufficient medical cover would be available because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The decision was a major disappointment, not only to the race organisers, Southern 100 Racing, but also race sponsors, competitors, along with race fans from near and wide, who had already made their travel plans and reservations to attend the friendly races in July.
This July, more precisely on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th would have seen the 65th Southern 100 taking place with the crème de la crème of the road racers, both solo and sidecar vying for the race wins, especially the coveted Solo and Sidecar Championships.
How to fill the void in one of the much-anticipated road racing events in the calendar? Southern 100 Racing’s Broadcast Partner, Manx Radio has a wealth of knowledgeable road racing commentators in its ranks, one of whom has been and still is the long-serving voice of Cross-Four-Ways, Roy Moore.
When not behind a microphone, Roy has for very many years organised ‘Race Nights’, which apart from being very enjoyable and entertaining with his reminisces has also raised vast amounts of money for good causes associated with all forms of motorcycle sport and other interests.
His ‘Race Nights’ are unique in that they are evolved around a road racing course with six riders taking part, in each race – all shown on a large board with the aid of photographs – a bag of seven balls and audience participation. Plus of course Roy’s wonderful commentaries as the race progresses with the appropriate background sound effects!
Roy suggested that the ‘Race Night’ Formula could be adopted to run a series of races during ‘Southern 100 Week 2020’ and a six race programme has been devised catering for 1000cc; 600cc, 650cc, the much missed 250cc class and the prestigious Solo and Sidecar Championship Races.
Continuing Roy’s theme of raising funds during these virtual races, the proceeds will be handed to the Southern 100 Supporters Club, and other charities involved with road racing also benefitting.
The Supporters Club assists injured riders and their families when required and when the circumstances are more serious. also provides funds for the purchase and upkeep of vital safety equipment to ensure the Colas Billown Course has all the latest equipment at its disposal and provides training for marshals and other race personnel.
Our 2020 Race Sponsors have kindly agreed to allow Southern 100 Racing to add their names to the six races in appreciation of their continued support in these unprecedented times and we are incredibly grateful to them.
The six races will be broadcast ‘live’ over three evenings, on Tuesday 7th; Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th July on the Southern 100 Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/s100Virtual from 8.00pm (20.00hrs)
The full race programme is:
Tuesday 7th July
Ellan Vannin Fuels & G H Corlett 1000cc Race
Mike Kerruish & Ocean Motor Village 650cc Race
Wednesday 8th July
Bettridge Motors & JCK Ltd 600cc Race
S & S Motors & Radcliffe Butchers 250cc Race
Thursday 9th July
Daryl Blake & Ace Hire Sidecar Championship Race
Hunt’s Motorcycles Solo Championship Race
Full details on how you can bet on each of the races are provided on the Facebook page and the club’s official website (www.southern100.com). Technical support for the betting has kindly been provided by Mark Moorley of Idesign of Castletown for which we are indebted.
We are sure you will enjoy these virtual and unique Southern 100 Races and enjoy a wager should you wish to help raise funds for the Southern 100 Supporters Club and other charities involved with road racing.
We also look forward to welcoming friends old and new to the ‘real’ Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races in 2021 on 12th, 13th, 14th and Championship Day 15th July.