The latest news from the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club
The 2020 Membership Mailshot letters have been issued to club members and should have arrived with you all sometime during week commencing 20 July. We apologise for the delay in issuing the mailshot as many of you have been in contact over the past months to ask about this year's badge and sticker to update your collection.
Since 1963 the UGPSC has continually supported the Ulster Grand Prix on the Dundrod Circuit. Sadly, this year, due to financial constraints the race promoters were not in a position to secure a date for UGP2020. To compound matters the advent of Coronavirus (Covid-19) has delayed future race promotion planning. We therefore, must now all focus our attention to UGP2021 and look forward to the Ulster's 100th anniversary in 2022.
2020 Membership (Badge and car sticker) costs £20.00 or €23.00 euro.
There is also the opportunity to purchase the UGPSC Collectors Badge (launched 2019), priced at £5.00 or €6.00 euro each if purchased along with your 2020 membership. You have the choice of white, black, gold or silver - or why not purchase all four!
It is our intention to keep all renewed members updated on race plans - the biggest constraint of course is securing finance - however we must continue to explore all avenues over the coming months to find a way forward. If you have any fundraising ideas please get in touch with us via our Contact page here
May we also take this opportunity to thank you all for your support in the past and I trust we can rely on your support in the future.
Sun Jul 26 2020
We will be writing to all club members to update every one of our plans for 2020 and going forward. However, in order to minimise the risk to individuals, and postal staff it is unlikely that anything will be issued until current Government restrictions in relation to Coronavirus (Covid-19) are lessened. Bearing this in mind we are hopeful that we will be able to issue the mailshot during June.
Mon May 11 2020
It is with great regret the organisers of the Ulster Grand Prix, the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club, must announce the race will not take place in 2020.
Despite numerous meetings in recent months with councillors, MLAs, MPs and Ministers and other interested parties, we have been unable to find the necessary financial support to run the meeting this year.
The unprecedented crisis surrounding the Coronavirus epidemic has made finding a solution at this stage impossible.
Thu Mar 26 2020
As the organisers of the Ulster Grand Prix, the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club, issued a statement in November 2019 indicating the future of the event was in doubt.
Despite a full programme of superb racing being run throughout 2019 Race Week, a severe weather warning forecast for Saturday's principal race day resulted in perhaps the smallest crowd ever witnessed at Dundrod. The huge loss of income this caused, compounded by existing liabilities, has created a major financial crisis for Ireland's oldest and most famous motorcycle race.
Over the past months the race organisers have met with a host of public representatives including Councillors, Westminster MPs, MLAs and other government officials. Representation has also been made to the recently restored NI Assembly and the Department for Communities Minister.
Whilst there has been a sympathetic hearing to the UGP's plight, the crisis situation remains. Discussions continue but, so far, no financial assistance has been made available as we move into the period when preparation for the 2020 event should have been well underway.
The difficulties facing the Ulster GP and other road races in Northern Ireland have made headlines in recent weeks. If the sport is to survive and flourish it will require similar financial support from government that other sports receive.
Road racing is a part of Northern Ireland's sporting culture and brings major financial benefits to the Province and local communities. Only a small fraction of the sums provided to many other major sporting events would make an enormous difference to events like the Ulster Grand Prix.
More discussions are planned with government during the weeks ahead as the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club continues to pursue a solution that will ensure the Ulster Grand Prix reaches its centenary in 2022.
Thu Feb 6 2020