The latest news from the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club
Have you got your tickets for the 2017 MCE Ulster Grand Prix?
Sun Jul 2 2017
The draw for the 2017 Ballot was made at the Annual General Meeting. The draw was made this year by Club Registrar, Menai Pinkerton, and the results are as follows:-
First - Erin Reid
Second - Sarah Rowan
Third - C Bratty
Congratulations to all of the prizewinners, who will be contacted individually.
Thank you to all who supported the Annual Ballot. The Ballot is a very important source of revenue for the club and without your support we would be unable to honour our financial input to the Ulster Grand Prix.
Wed Apr 19 2017
Don't forget to call at our stand. You can save on postage by joining or renewing your membership at the show and collect your membership pack on the day.
We look forward to seeing you there.
The 2017 N.I Motorcycle Festival will include all the top motorcycle manufacturers and dealers who will be exhibiting their latest range of road bikes, quads and motocrossers. The motocross village will be back again with all the latest motocross bikes plus motocross gear and off road motorcycle clubs with all the information on how to get involved.
On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th, World Superbike legend and "King of the Jungle" CARL FOGARTY will make a special guest appearance. A four-time WSBK Champion, Carl is renowned for his pure road racing exploits at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix and a must not miss at this year's festival.
Outside activities will include Supermoto Racing, Drifting and Stunt Shows from THE PURPLE HELMETS that will wow the crowds with full on displays and demonstrations.
Wed Feb 1 2017
The MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix will host Northern Ireland’s only launch of road racing star Ian Hutchinson’s autobiography on Saturday 3rd December at the new Charles Hurst BMW Motorrad Showroom on the Boucher Road in Belfast.
The record-breaking Yorkshire-man who is the reigning MCE Ulster Grand Prix Man of the Meeting and one of the sport’s biggest stars will be at the event to meet and greet fans and sign copies of his acclaimed new book.
Hutchy will participate in a live Q&A followed by book signings at 10.30am and again at 1.00pm.
Tue Nov 29 2016
Many of you will be aware that over 3,600 letters of objection to the proposed planning application for a cemetery adjacent to Ireland's Corner, have been received by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Planning Department. The Council recently placed this advertisement in the Belfast Telegraph.
Wed Nov 23 2016
Sam Glass Trophy Presentation 2016. Daniel Hegarty was awarded the Sam Glass Trophy after becoming the highest placed newcomer in the Superbike Race at the 2016 Ulster Grand Prix.
The presentation this year was made by Secretary, Gail Baillie and Treasurer, Paul McGovern.
Photo by Stephen Davison
Mon Nov 7 2016
Don't forget to call with us on the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club Stand for a chat.
Fri Nov 4 2016
Former UGPSC Secretary and Founder Member, Desmond Jardin, was recently awarded the British Empire Medal.
To commemorate the award, UGPSC President, Bertie Bradford recently presented him with a momento on behalf of the club.
Thu Oct 20 2016
Fresh from a spectacular week of racing at the 2016 event, the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club has announced that Bike Week at the 2017 MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix will take place from the 7th - 12th August.
The key dates are practice sessions on Wednesday 9th August, the Dundrod 150 national races on Thursday 0th August and the main event, the MCE Ulster Grand Prix on Saturday 12th August.
Thu Sep 22 2016
The Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club has met Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to hand over more than 3,000 objection letters to plans for a 96-acre cemetery on the Ulster Grand Prix circuit.
These will be added to the letters of objection already received by the council’s planning department, making it close to 3,500 objections within just a few weeks of the initial submission of the planning application.
The Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club and promoters of the Ulster Grand Prix, the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club, are united with a majority of local residents in their opposition to the planned cemetery site on Quarterland Road, Dundrod, for which the only access would be via the world famous motorcycle racing circuit.
Des Stewart, Chairman of the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club said: “With a hugely successful 2016 UGP just behind us, we are heartened that race fans far and wide feel strongly enough about the impact these plans could have on this international event to submit a letter of objection to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
“The sheer volume of objections we have just delivered to the council demonstrates the important social, cultural and economic impact this event has and we stand by our view that were a cemetery to be built on the circuit, it would seriously endanger the future of the event.”
The Ulster Grand Prix is one of the biggest annual outdoor events in Northern Ireland, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from across the world. The economic impact is significant; spectator spend alone generates an estimated £2.5 million every year, and there are more than 10,000 commercial bed nights.
“During the Ulster Grand Prix the public roads are closed for three days, including the Quarterland Road, which is the only access point into the planned cemetery,” added Mr Stewart.
“It is customary in this country for burials to happen within three or four days of a death, and for daily access to be afforded to those who wish to visit graves. We just do not see how we could run this event in harmony with the daily business of a cemetery of this size and scale.
“I would like to reiterate that we feel that the applicant’s suggestion that they would close the cemetery on the days of racing is unpractical and unsustainable.
“Furthermore, I believe that planning has been granted for a cemetery and crematorium outside Moira with potential for expansion, also in the L&C area which is more centrally located and served by an excellent road network. When this comes to fruition any argument about the need for a cemetery in Dundrod would be entirely negated,” he said.
Alderman James Tinsley, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council added: “Dundrod sits within my constituency, I have listened to the concerns of many local residents and am in agreement that this plan is not viable.
“Setting aside the potential negative impact this proposed cemetery might have on the Ulster Grand Prix, it is very difficult to see how this plan is viable from an infrastructure perspective.
“The country roads around Dundrod would not easily cope with the much higher volume of traffic a cemetery of this size would bring, and we must also consider the already elevated accident rate and the area’s propensity for inclement weather which forces the roads to close several times a year,” he added.
The Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club and the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club invite local residents and the wider racing community to write to the council voicing their objections.
The address is: Local Area Planning Office, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Island Civic Centre The Island, Lisburn, BT27 4RL. Quote planning reference LA05/2016/0700/O.
Wed Aug 24 2016