SOUTHERN 100 chiefs have paid tribute after one of their staple competitors passed away this weekend.
Dennis Christian, a cheerful and friendly fixture at the Billown course and the Manx Grand Prix, died on Saturday, August 15.
The Manxman raced in the very first Southern 100 in 1955, finishing fourth in the very first race, the 350cc, and later in the day took 11th place in the 500cc event.
He competed again in 1956 and 1957, returning to race in the classic races at the Southern between 1987 and 2000. Dennis moved to the Pre-TT Classic in 2002 and scored 13th place in the Singles race on a 350 Jawa.
Away from Billown, he competed in the Manx Grand Prix in 1949 where he finished 11th in the Senior race. In 1952 he powered to sixth in the Senior and a year later he finished second in the Junior MGP.
Moving to the TT in 1956, he achieved his best result of 11th in the Golden Jubilee Senior of 1957 before returning to the Classic MGP nearly 30 years later in 1986, and he returned each year up to and including 1993.
Dennis was a familiar figure around the Billown Paddock at both the Southern 100 and more recently the Pre-TT Classic Races, even after he had hung up his ‘regulation black’ leathers.
UK Clubsport wishes to extend its sincere condolences to Dennis’ family and friends.