The new 60th anniversary grandstand for the Southern 100 International Road Races was officially opened on Saturday.
Named ‘The Derek Nicholson Diamond Jubilee Grandstand’, the 171-seater covered stand is currently at the end of Castletown bypass but will be moved to the start/finish line for next year’s races.
Derek is the Southern 100 club president and has done all the fundraising for the new £70,000 stand.
He said: ‘I spoke to people around the island who might be interested and have some spare cash. Thanks must go to the Manx Lottery Trust, the Lord Caulfield Trust, the Isle of Man Federation of Young Farmers, Dandara and Tower Insurance.’
Derek also thanked the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Manx Independent Carriers, who both provided free transport services for the stand to the island from Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire.
‘The new stand wasn’t due to be delivered until August so we had already hired one for this year,’ said Derek, explaining the new stand’s current location.
The stand is also be available for hire for other events around the island.
With a bumper entry this year, racing was scheduled to start on Monday and will continue today (Tuesday) with practices at 6.15pm and racing at 8pm. Racing continues on Wednesday evening, then all day Thursday, ending with the traditional open air prize presentation at 8.30pm between the Viking and Sidings pubs, by Castletown railway station.
Roads close: Tuesday (tonight) and Wednesday, 6.05pm to 9.40pm, Thursday, 9.50am to 12.15pm and 1pm to 5.45pm.