From the Archives: Southern 100

September 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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The Southern 100 on the Isle of Man is one of my favourite events of the year.

The 2007 Southern 100 was the first race I covered as an accredited photographer.  It turned out to be a rather painful memory for me.  Check out the Martin Finnegan picture below for details of that.

Over the last few years I have missed the event as I've either been on holiday or covering MotoGP.  When the provisional 2016 MotoGP calendar was released last week I was delighted to see the Southern 100 did not clash with any MotoGP races.

I will be keeping my fingers crossed that the calendar doesn't change and I will be able to cover next year's Southern 100.

With that in mind, I thought I would share some pictures from various Southern 100 meetings.

Above: Cameron Donald leads Ryan Farquhar and Michael Dunlop through Church Bends in 2010.

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Martin Finnegan at Castletown Corner in 2007.  In the background, Stephen Oates has lost the front of his Suzuki.  The bike continued towards the pavement where I was standing.  Realising it wasn't going to stop I turned to run.  Thankfully I wasn't hit by the bike, I did, however, run flat out (admittedly that's not very fast) into an electricity box and ended up in the hospital with a broken rib.

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Michael Dunlop at Ballanorris in 2012.  Ballanorris is also known as Joey's Gate after his legendary uncle Joey Dunlop.

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Micheal Dunlop leads the field into Iron Gate in 2012.

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The late Robert Dunlop at Castletown Corner in 2007.

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A smiling Guy Martin despite having finished 2nd to Michael Dunlop in the 2011 Solo Championship race.

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William Dunlop at the Billown Dip in 2009.

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Conor Cummins at Church Bends in 2012.  The spectators could literally reach out and touch the riders as the go by.

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Michael Dunlop exits the Ballabeg Hairpin in 2011.

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Ryan Farquhar on his Supertwin at Joey's Gate in 2011.

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Guy Martin at Iron Gate in 2008 on the Hydrex Honda.

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Ian Lougher at Church Bends in 2012.

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Ryan Farquhar leads the field off the line as they blast down the Castletown Bypass towards Ballakeigan corner during the 2012 Solo Championship.


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