Our friend and photographer Stephen McClements was recently out at the Southern 100, that other road race that’s held each year at the Isle of Man.
Set in the scenic town of Castletown, the Southern 100 doesn’t run on the famous TT course, instead racers compete on the Billown Circuit.
Though it’s not as famous as the Isle of Man TT, the Southern 100 still manages to attract some recognizable names from the TT and Irish road racing championship.
For instance, this year’s race saw entries from Michael Dunlop, Dave Molyneux, Dean Harrison, Ivan Lintin, Dan Kneen, and James Cowton.
Stephen brought Asphalt & Rubber some great high-resolution photographs from the 2016 Southern 100, we hope you enjoy them, after the jump (above: Dan Kneen at the Church Bends stone wall).
Dan Kneen, again at Church Bends, but now on his Yamaha YZF-R1.
Some guy named Michael Dunlop. We’re not sure if this is his first time racing or what…
Even the 600cc bikes can get air when going over the Williams Corner jump.
The Brothers Birchill lead the duo of Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance, who would go on to win the Ace Hire & Sales Sidecar Race.
The Southern 100 takes place on the Billown Circuit, a 4.25-mile course near Castletown on the Isle of Man.
Some riders may be not as well known, but the feat of racing on public road, just a few feet from spectators, is pretty amazing.
“Down on the farm” was the comment Stephen sent with this photo. I think it’s a commentary on the attractiveness of the Manx people (I kid, I kid…).
Ivan Lintin getting some seat time on his Lightweight Twin.
James Cowton at Church Bends. Give it a minute, and you’ll realize that he’s surrounded on both sides by a cemetery.
That Dunlop guy again…dragging a knee on the curb no less.
Monster wheelie for the Monster Energy sponsored rider.
The locals take a gander of Ivan Lintin giving his 650cc Kawasaki the business.
The Superbike race podium. Hey look, that Dunlop kid is pretty good!
The 125cc-400cc race start.
The Superbike race start.
Typical Manx race-day weather.
Photos: © 2016 Stephen McClements / Asphalt & Rubber – All Rights Reserved