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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
The draw for the Hyundai 'i10 supported by Daly's Hyundai, took place on Saturday, 10 August at 10.00am on the starting grid before racing commenced.
Congratulations to the three lucky winners.
Winner: Stephen Muldoon
Runners Up (VIP Passes for 2020 UGP): Chris Robinson; Brendan Byrne
Photo photo by Donna Connolly Webb - l-r (background) UGPSC Committee Members Henry Miskimmon; Valerie Miskimmon MBE; UGPSC President Bertie Bradford and Raymond Connolly foreground; UGPSC Chairman, Des Stewart with the tickets.
bottom photo - l-r Alderman James Tinsley (LCCC); Lee Johnston and Des Stewart (UGPSC Chairman).
Sat Aug 17 2019
The draw took place at our recent Annual General Meeting.
Also a big 'THANK YOU' to everyone who bought tickets. I don't need to remind any of you of the aim of the UGPSC - 'to preserve the Ulster Grand Prix on the Dundrod Circuit'. The monies raised by us, through you, go directly towards keeping the bikes on our world famous road circuit. The Grand Annual Prize Draw continues to be one of our major 'fundraising' activities.
Thank you again for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at Dundrod in August.
Sun Apr 28 2019
The Ulster Grand Prix and the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club will be organising a coordinated response to the Planning Appeals Commission's letter received.
Thank you to everyone who has made an enquiry about the recent letter that members and supporters have received from the Planning Appeals Commission. To continue to support our ongoing objection to the proposed cemetery on the Ulster Grand Prix circuit, we are happy to act as Agents on your behalf- if you so wish.
For your convenience, simply print the attached letter and fill in YOUR details in the first box.
If you wish to use the pro forma sent to you in the mail:
Lastly, tick the first small box:
'I wish to participate further in the proceedings and I/my agent will
submit a Statement of Case when requested to do so.
Note the closing date for returned forms is 4pm on Thursday 11th April.
Thank you for your help.Sample PAC Objector/Supporter Pro Forma
Tue Apr 2 2019
The 2019 Membership Renewals were posted out some time ago. This is just a quick reminder to anyone wishing to avail of the Exclusive Members Race Week Wristband Offer, that the closing date for applications is strictly close of business, Friday, 5 April 2019.
This is also the closing date for the return of Ticket Stubs and monies for the UGPSC Grand Annual Draw which will take place at our forthcoming Annual General Meeting.
UGPSC 2019 Membership Pack - £15.00 (18.00 Euro)
Metal Lapel Badge, Car Sticker and Race Card of Events
UGPSC Collectors Badges - £5.00 each (6.00 Euro)
4 individual UGPSC Logo badges
UGPSC Annual Prize Draw - £1.00 each (1.20 Euro)
Ticket Stubs and Monies to be returned no later than 5 April 2019
Prizes: First - £250; Second - £150; Third - £100
Exclusive Members Offer - £20.00 each (25.00 Euro)
Bike Week Admission Wristbands – maximum of 5 per member
Closing date for offer strictly close of business, Friday, 5 April 2019
Fancy an i10 for a tenner? -Tickets £10.00 (12.00 Euro)
Ulster Grand Prix 2019 Fundraiser – Your chance to win a Hyundai i10 car
Sun Mar 31 2019
Next year’s UGP road races are to be held on the 5th and 10th August, the organisers have announced.
Four Ulster GP races are again scheduled for Thursday 8th August, including the first of the meeting’s three Superbike races, plus Supersport, Ultralightweight/Lightweight and Supertwins classes.
Seven races will run on Saturday 10th August including; Superstock, Supersport, Ultralightweight/Lightweight, Superbike, Supersport, Supertwins and Superbike.
Image: 2018 UGP Man of the Meeting Peter Hickman
Bike Week starts on 5th August, with practice sessions for all classes two days later on Wednesday 7th August and on the morning of Thursday 8th August, before the race programme begins.
Welcoming the announcement, star of the 2018 MCE Insurance UGP and Man of the Meeting, Peter Hickman, who romped to easy victories in both the 600 and superbike races said: “I’m already looking forward to racing back at the Ulster GP, it’s one of the best circuits on earth!”
The number of newcomers at the meeting will again be restricted this year and Superbike, Superstock, and Supersport races will only be open to international licence holders with national licence holders eligible to compete in the other classes.
Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston said: “My key message for everyone, but specifically newcomers, is that Dundrod is an extremely fast and technical circuit which must be treated with respect, and that means doing a serious amount of groundwork before taking your place on the grid.
“Unfortunately, this year we had less than perfect weather conditions and had to delay and abandon some of the races on the Saturday. We were gutted for the fans and all the teams and riders that had travelled over for the event, it was very unfortunate after all the hard work that had been put into the event.
“With that said, we are looking forward to welcoming the tens of thousands of motorcycling fans from across the globe, that will descend on Dundrod for the 2019 UGP Bike Week.
“It’s always close racing and the track is a firm favourite among fans and riders alike, but there is so much more to enjoy during Bike Week, as it is five days packed with full of entertainment and activities for all ages.
“We will be posting an early bird package to our website in the next few weeks, offering a discount on wristbands and programmes – the perfect Christmas gift, for a racing fan or just someone who would love to sample the legendary Dundrod atmosphere. It’s not to be missed.”
Tue Oct 23 2018
Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club welcomed Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Planning Committee’s unanimous rejection of the proposed 96-acre super cemetery, on the Ulster Grand Prix Circuit.
photo: Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club, The Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club, and local Dundrod residents pictured outside Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Office following its unanimous rejection of the proposed 96-acre super cemetery, on the Ulster Grand Prix Circuit.
Des Stewart, Chairman of the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club, said there had been a groundswell of opinion against the cemetery among race fans: “More than 3,000 objection letters to the plans were handed over to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council in 2016, signed by The Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club, the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club, promoters of the Grand Prix and the vast majority of local residents, who were united in their opposition to the planned cemetery site on Quarterland Road, Dundrod.
“Race fans far and wide felt so strongly about the impact these plans could have on this international event that they launched a ‘Don’t Bury the UGP’ petition, which has been supported by motorcycle fans around the world.”
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.
“The sheer volume of objections to the unpopular planning application and the packed gallery at today’s hearing, demonstrates the support and important social, cultural and economic impact the Ulster Grand Prix has in the area and to Northern Ireland tourism,” Mr Stewart added.
The inherent conflict between the economic benefits of the cemetery proposal and the existing benefits of the Ulster Grand Prix road racing event were weighed up by The Council Planning Committee and it was concluded that after the construction phase of the cemetery, economic benefits would be limited.
Apart from the potential negative impact the proposed cemetery might have on the Ulster Grand Prix, the application was also rejected on the basis that the nature, scale and lifespan of the proposed development is considered excessive and unacceptable.
The consultation process did not secure support from surrounding councils and it was not demonstrated that the additional burial capacity is required to meet the needs of the council area.
Lending his support Alderman James Tinsley, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council said: “Dundrod sits within my constituency, I am in total agreement with local residents and Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club that this plan is not viable.
“From day one local residents told the applicant in no uncertain terms that the proposal was not acceptable to them, due to the unsuitability of the site, road infrastructure, the area’s propensity for inclement weather and the harm it would cause to the local area and community.
“A super cemetery in this area is not compatible locally with farming, it would destroy the character of the local Dundrod village and since the application has gone in we’ve had two fatalities on the roads here, which are usually the first to be closed during snowfall in the winter months.”
Noel Johnston, UGP Clerk of the Course added; “We are pleased with the unanimous decision taken today by The Council Planning Committee to reject the cemetery in favour of the planning officers’ recommendation for refusal.
“I’d like to thank all of our stakeholders including the race fans and local residents who worked very hard to achieve this positive outcome for everyone but especially the Ulster Grand Prix.”
Tue Oct 2 2018