BOSSES at the Southern 100 Road Races are set to ring in a new milestone next season as they toast a long association with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
The island’s ferry giant, which first joined up as a backer in 1987, took the reins of title sponsorship more than two decades ago in 1999 and will celebrate 36 years of sponsorship next year.
But the Steam Packet Company isn’t just a title sponsor for the nearly 60-year-old meeting. In addition to arranging and bringing vital safety equipment and course furniture over to the IOM during race weeks, the firm has helped both competitors and marshals with discounted rates and even provides the main prize for the Plaque Fund.
“The Southern 100 Club has an excellent working relationship with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, built up through many years,” said S100 Club Secretary Rachel Palmer.
“They are always willing to assist us when necessary to ensure that the high safety standards we have set are maintained for the benefit of competitors and spectators alike and in assisting with travel arrangements for competitors and marshals.
“We are very much indebted to them for their continued and much valued sponsorship and are very proud to have them as Title Sponsors of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races.”
The Steam Packet company’s new MD Brian Thomson added: “It is an absolute pleasure to continue our long-standing association with the ‘The Friendly Races’.
“As a proud Title Sponsor we are looking forward to the return of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races in 2022 and assisting the organisers in a variety of ways.”
Ferry bookings are now open for all Southern 100 races in 2022.
Dates for the club’s events are as follows:
- Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races
Friday, Saturday & Bank Holiday Monday 27th, 28th & 30th May 2022
- Silicone Post TT Road Races
Saturday 11th June 2022
- Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 11th, 12th, 13th & 14th July 2022