Review of the 2017 event
The organisers would like to thank everyone for their understanding over the difficult conditions which arose on the Saturday evening when the expected light rain turned out to be an absolute downpour. The fact that everyone respected the complete paddock close down saved the day and also thanks to the track team who done their best for modifications - and drainage - ahead of Sunday's start.
There is no doubt that the track conditions detracted from the close racing witnessed during Saturday's showdown and again we apologise for the queue entering the site on Sunday morning when a new car park was opened.
Entries for the 2018 event will open on February 1st.
Admission charges- 3rd September 2017
With the event less than two weeks away the organisers are pleased to confirm that admission charges will remain the same as last year which is £25 for an adult weekend ticket and £10 for a weekend child pass.
There is no single day admission ticket for Saturday only, but adult visitors on Sunday only can buy a ticket at the gate for £20 from 8am Sunday onwards.
Camping costs have increased to £30 per pitch this year for Thursday to Sunday inclusive.
Trade Stands and Press Accreditation
Ninety per cent of the Trade Stand space has now been allocated and the cut off date must be the end of this week (19th August). All Trade Stand passes will be sent out towards the end of the month.
For bona fida Press and Photographers who need trackside access should ensure that their publication applies for accreditation which will need to be accompanied by £2m public liability insurance. The closing date for this is the 31st August.
Foreign riders please note
We remind all foreign riders - both individuals and in teams - that you should now have your Start Permissions from your FIM Federations all arranged. For riders who have purchased ACU Repatriation Insurance this will be allocated to you on Technical Control on the Friday of the event.
We regret that we are unable to accept anymore applications for ACU Permissions.
New Contact details for Di
Due to the Orange service provider no longer providing an e-mail service our Event Manager, Di Thompson now has a new e-mail address.
She can now be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that she will not be picking up e-mails from the old "rentafford" e-mail address.
Foreign Riders accepted
All foreign riders who have applied should have received a communication by now - unless your e-mail address was wrong!
Back to UK residents, several reserves have not confirmed your position by making the full payment so you are in danger of not getting a ride. Please make your intentions clear in the next couple of days.
Dont miss out Friday 10th March
Di is currently short of about 75 confirmed payments from riders who were successful with either a reserve or full position. This weekend is your last chance as per the confirmation (and reserve) notification so please get it done to avoid disappointment. She has started to process some already, but will start in earnest next week and once this is completed you will be too late.
Foreign riders please not that she has been overwhelmed with various enquiries so you have not missed out, but your confirmations will go out next week.
A further update will be posted mid week.
Update on Tuesday 7th March
All UK based riders should now have received an automated e-mail stating either, Accepted, Reserve or sorry you have not made it this year. There were nearly 900 applications in total.
If you have not yet received anything, please e-mail email@example.com for an update.
For the disappointed ones who didn't make it we have opened a waiting list should any reserve places become available - or even full places if the reserves are promoted. There are currently approx. 50 riders spread across the eight classes on this list and we will be closing this invitation off on Friday 10th March.
Di will start with Foreign rider acceptances on Wednesday.
Team entries from recognised Federations should still be directed to Sonia.firstname.lastname@example.org
Unsuccessful applications March 6th
As below in the previous statement, the first release of 45 successful applicants in each class have been notified. By the end of tomorrow (Tuesday) the unsuccessful applicants will be notified. Some reserves have decided not to take up their option which may allow a few more to be given.
A full update will be posted by 10pm on Tuesday 7th March.
EIGHT SUPPORT CLASSES ADVISED
4pm Sunday 5th March
PLESAE USE YOUR VM NUMBER IN ALL CORRESPONDENCE
The first batch of 360 acceptances plus 80 reserves have now been released and advised. This equates to 45 from each of the eight classes who were successful in last weekends ballot.
In addition, ten reserves have been allocated to each class. We would point out that in previous years most reserves have ridden all four scheduled races. All accepted reserves will go into the qualifying session as per the regulations. Riders who do not wish to take up the reserve position should contact the Entry Secretary, email@example.com immediately.
There may still be some places allocated once all of the Foreign and Guests riders have been finalised so we recommend that all unsuccessful applicants leave your registration applications in place at the moment. If no space becomes available your refund will be processed in due course. If you wish to withdraw now and get a quicker refund please e-mail Di.
Foreign riders should also note that entries are now CLOSED
All Foreign Riders
Would all European and Worldwide non Team Race Riders please note that acceptances have not yet been sent out. This will be done this week. All Foreign entries are now also closed.
Entry update 3rd March
By the end of this weekend, all riders will be notified of their entry status. This will be either as an acceptance subject to full payment being received for the on line entries, an offer of a reserve position, or that unfortunately no place is available this year.
The first two groups will be the Twin shock age related classes - Under 50s and Over 50s.
If you have any questions please e-mail the Event Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries are closed
Tuesday 21st February.
The entries for the eight individual classes are now closed. Each one will now be double checked and prepared for the ballot which will take place on a group basis this weekend. The successful registrations will then be notified within approx. one week together with all the riders who will be offered reserve positions.
Successful riders who entered on-line will then need to complete the payment process by the 10th March or your place will be given away to a reserve rider and your place will be lost for the 2017 event. Please ensure that you are ready to react when you receive your confirmation.
Team Entries from National Countries are still open and will be handled by email@example.com
Sunday Entry Update
We are pleased to report that the more relaxed entry system seems to be working well this year. Out of a total of around 620 online entries logged in so far , 399 have been processed as acceptable to put into the ballot box. However, that means that around 220 have a problem!
Our Entry Secretary will start to process the postal entries tomorrow as well, which at a quick glance, seem to be fairly standard.
To assist you, the problem entries appear to be either duplication, no valid licence when no Day Licence was applied for, or simply the payment was declined by the card issuer. Additionally some riders have stated their licence number and only paid £10, but their licences have not been renewed at the ACU yet. You know who you are, so you need to ensure your licence is current immediately. I am afraid that there will be a £5 service charge for a Day Licence if you entered with an invalid or not renewed licence and now require a Day Licence.
It is our intention to give one weeks grace for you to put these matters right and you can e-mail updates - please no telephone calls which are time consuming - and providing the information given is correct we will amend details for you. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org Please state your VM number when corresponding which you will find on your acknowledgment after registering. Riders whose payment were not successful will not have a VM number so please give as many details, including approx. time of attempted entry, which will assist us to locate you.
A further update will be posted here later in the week.
No Double Entry
Guys - please be aware that once you have registered a successful entry you should NOT enter again as you CANNOT apply for two classes. Please be aware that you will not be "doubling" your chances by entering for two classes. Please ensure you register for the class you would like.
Entries are open
There is no rush, but please get your entry registration done.
The entries are now open. On the left hand side of this page there are two boxes, one is a printable entry form which can be used to send a postal entry to Di Thompson, our normal Event Manager and Entry Secretary. You should enclose the full entry fee.
The second box will allow you to click onto our on-line entry system as in the past few years to register your entry. At this stage you will only be asked to pay a refundable £10 deposit towards your on line entry with the balance being taken at the end of the month. The Supplementary Regulations - which tells you everything about the way entries will be handled -is also on the left and we ask that we please read and understand them. Foreign and Guest riders can use the same entry options if you wish, but if difficulty is experienced it would be best to either post or send to Di by e-mail as an attachment. Please ensure your entry form is clear.
Team entries for the Evo and Twinshock classes should all be directed to Sonia Goggin. Her e-mail address is Sonia.email@example.com
If you feel that you maybe unable to ride please do not enter.
We look forward to seeing you all in September.
Entry details announced
The organisers have released details of a new type of entry system which will come into force on the normal entry opening day on February 1st. Having looked at various options, it has been decided to dispense with the mad rush when entries open whereby many potential entrants go so fast that wrong groups or rider details are entered onto the on line system.
The new format will be along the lines of entries will open on line at 9am on February 1st, but for 2017 potential entrants can take as long as they need to register their request for an entry as the on line registration system will be open for a full two weeks with a ballot for successful entries taking place in the third week of February.
There will be a nominal fee for the registration process and the balance of the entry fee will be taken after the ballot. A printable entry form will also be available on February 1st which again can be posted if desired to arrive with the Entry Secretary by the 14th February.
A Club spokesman commented, " We want all riders to have a less stressful experience from the start and by allowing a more relaxed system for entries we hope this will help. There will still be an allocation for foreign and guest riders so everyone can take their time and complete the entry forms in a more timely fashion.
Further details will be posted on this site later in January.
New sponsor on board
Bell Helmets is sponsoring the 2017 event on September 16th and 17th.
For event creator, Dave King the tie in with the iconic manufacturer, which has recently introduced its retro style Moto 3 helmet, is a perfect match. In a statement King said, " Having a worldwide brand such as Bell helmets as our main sponsor is great news for both of us. We are looking forward to working with them for many years.
The leading off road weekly newspaper added that the event is the biggest of its type in the world and every year attracts a huge entry of have a go heroes who get to bang bars with stars of the past.
Entry details will follow very soon.
2017 date announced
With the FIM calendar nearly finalised the provisional date for the 2017 Vets MXdN has been set as the weekend of the 16th and 17th September. Full details of entry availability which will open on February 1st will be published here during the month of September. Please check back again then.