VMCC Track Days
The VMCC has entered into an arrangment with Classic Track Days to enable its members to ride their bikes around some of the most sc enic and iconic circuits in the UK. At some of these events the VMCC has block-booked an entire Group so that members can enjoy riding alongside other members on similar VMCC elligble bikes. Each rider will have approximately 5 sessions around the track.
At both Castle Coombe track days the VMCC has pre-booked a group exclusively for VMCC members. There are a maximum of 20 riders available so dont delay. The estimated cost will be £139.00 per entry.
Spectators are welcome at all events, charges may apply. At some events we are hoping to arrange a "Parade" around the track during the lunch break. There will be a charge for this and booking in advance will be required. The VMCC is considering "Ride Ins" for local clubs to attend these track days which might include breakfast or lunch and might include option for Parade. Please visit the site again to keep abreast of developments.
Entries Now Open
Entries are now open for the first VMCC Members Only session at the Castle Coombe Track Day on Friday August 25th. This session is open to VMCC Members only. You can enter for other sessions at this event by going directly to the the Classic Track Days website.
Calendar of Events for 2023
- Saturday April 15th 2023 - Track Day - Castle Coombe - VMCC Exclusive Group of 20 riders
- Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2023 - Welsh Classic M/C Festival - Anglesey
- Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July 2023 - Suzuki Live - Cadwell Park
- Friday 28th July 2023 - Track Day - Donnington Park
- Friday 25th August - Track Day - Castle Coombe - VMCC Exclusive Group of 20 riders. This event is now full. Please book through https://www.classicbiketrackdays.com/ for other groups and reserve list.
- Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September 2023 - Cadwell Moto - Cadwell Park
Please contact John Bottomley if you are interested in riding at this event. There was insufficient interest to form a separate VMCC group but John is still hoping to allow riders to share a bike over the weekend. Please contact him directly if you wish to do this, alternatively just enter through the Classic Bike Track Day website as normal.
Details about the weekend, costs, etc are on the CBT website https://www.classicbiketrackdays.com/
Only contact John Bottomley for further details, do NOT contact Allen House.
VMCC Online Event Entry System
The VMCC has recently launched a new Online Event Entry System that is connected to our membership database. This will allow members to enter events without having to provide address and personal details. Please note that there may eb some teething problems as we roll this out so be patient with us, any issues contact email@example.com Members can also list details of bikes they may wish to ride at events which can then be selected when entering a specific event. You can log in and update your details at any time. To access the event entry system use the following link https://vmccrm.prosolvehosting.co.uk:485/login.aspx. If you have recently joined the club or renewed your membership online you can use the same login and password as created to access your membership records. If you do not already have a login click on the Create Password link, enter your email address, an email will be sent with instructions on creating a secure password. Please note that the email address MUST match that already held on your membership record. If you do NOT recieve an email within a few minutes please email firstname.lastname@example.org who can verify the email on your account and make changes as necessary.
Once logged in you will see various tabs - My Details, My Vehicles, Registration and Enter Events.
My Details - start by checking your personal details. It is a requirement that you enter details of a Next of Kin before entering any event. If you know other details, such as helmet, competition license, etc. please enter these at this time then save the record.
My Vehicles - enter details of any bikes that you are likely to use at any events. Any mandatory fields, such as Registration Number, that you do not have an answer enter -. When you have finished save the record. You can add more vehicles by pressing the Add Vehicle button.
My Registration - this section is reserved for Championships and is not currently in use.
Enter Event - Select the event you wish to enter from those displayed. You MUST press the save button before proceeding to the payment page. After saving your choice you can enter other events and save those. When ready to pay for ALL your events check the box to confirm you have read the regulations and then press the Confirm button to proceed to payment.
Payment - Pay for your booking using a valid credit card. This is the same secure gateway as used by the Membership system
Booked Events - once payment has been approved the booking will be moved to Booked Events tab where you can edit or cancel your entry.
Sign On - this is not yet activated
07:00 - Arrival at Circuit (or the evening before)
From 7:30 – Rider Registration
- The registration procedure involves the completion of an indemnity form (provided on the day if you don’t already have the one we send via email), examination of DVLA or ACU licence, distribution of appropriate wristband and bike sticker for your rider group
From 08:00 - Noise Testing
- Noise testing is usually from 8am, so please ask a friend to take your bike for testing so you can register and attend the riders briefing. Priority will be given to the first group on track
08:15 - Rider Safety Briefing
This briefing is mandatory to all riders that attend any of our track days. Any rider who does not attend the briefing will NOT be allowed to partake in the day's events. A typical briefing will cover the following points:-
- Classic Bike Trackdays Introduction
- Circuit layout and track knowledge (pit lane entry & exit, etc.)
- Format for the day, an explanation of groups, session times, lunch, sighting / warm-up laps etc.
- On track safety including, overtaking, courteous riding, what (and what not) to do in the event of an accident, etc.
- Off track safety including, paddock rules, assembly in pit lane, fuelling, etc
- Description and meanings of Track Flags
- Services and Facilities – Professional Instruction, Photography and Tyre & Mechanical assistance in the paddock. Track and personal insurance also available
After you have attended the briefing session you will be given a wristband to show that you have attended. You must show your wristband, as you line up for your each session. If you do not have 2 wristbands for both rider registration and briefing you will not be allowed on track
09:00 – Sighting/ Warm-up Laps and Morning Sessions
- Each initial session starts with warm up laps behind an instructor in the first session for each group.
- The sessions will be divided either by the age of bike so there are always comparably machines on track, by engine capacity, or by rider experience – which will depend on the bookings for each event. The sessions will rotate every 15 or 20 minutes depending on the venue.
12:00 – Lunch13:00 – Afternoon Sessions
- Afternoon sessions start and run in the same order as the morning sessions, rotating every 15 or 20 minute sessions
- At the end of the day, please ensure that you take home all your personal belongings and clear up any rubbish that belongs to you so we leave the circuit clean and tidy
Have a safe journey home!
Further details can be found on the CBT website - General Timetable for each event
RIDER INFO & SAFETY
- can be integrated into leathers or stand alone
- should be full length to cover the majority of the rider’s spine
- needs to be designed and fit for that purpose
- can be one designed for road riding use, and does not have to be track specific
- does not currently have to conform to any certification or homologation
IMPORTANT: DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR DRIVING LICENCE!!
- Riders must hold a current and full DVLA driving licence or a current ACU race licence. Note: a 33bhp restricted licence is not accepted by the circuits
- Preferably one-piece leather or two-piece ZIP together leathers which must zip up all the way round. All MUST be in good condition without holes, rips, tears and definitely NO gaffer tape!
- Approved full face helmet (recommended Gold Standard with British Standard kite mark). Flip-front helmets are not allowed
- Visor in good condition, ie: no scratches, cracks or fogging. Tinted or iridium visors are allowed when weather is sunny
- Good quality motorcycle boots (preferably mid calf, not ankle boots), again no holes, (particularly in the soles) rips or tears
- Good quality gloves, no holes, rips or tears
- Full length back protectors are now compulsory at all MSV Circuits from Jan 2022, and we strongly recommend they are worn at all other circuits as a matter of personal safety
- Riders must be 18 years of age or over to participate. The only exception to this rule is for experienced ACU licence holders, but any under 18s must contact us prior to booking to confirm they will be accepted
Rider Registration & Forms
- You will be required to produce your DVLA driving licence or ACU licence when you arrive at rider registration in the morning. Failure to provide your licence may result in you being refused entry to the track and you will not be entitled to a refund or credit. There may also be a charge (or requested donation!) if a licence check needs to be made to the DVLA
- All riders must register and will receive a coloured wristband and colour coded sticker for their session, which is to be clearly displayed on the front of your motorcycle
- All riders must attend a compulsory riders briefing and receive a wristband to prove they have attended the briefing
- Both wristbands must be worn until the end of the day as they will be checked every time you go on track by the pit lane marshal
- If you intend to use a video / bullet camera please ask if you need to complete a permission form as some venues (eg: all MotorSportVision circuits) will require this before you’re allowed on track with a camera. Note: all cameras must be securely mounted to your bike – eg: suction mounts and gaffer tape are not allowed
- Your indemnity form(s) will be sent to you via email (or post if you don’t have access to email) prior to the day along with the information pack. Please print off, complete and bring with you on the day as this will save time during registration
- Forms will also available on the day if you forget or are unable to print them beforehand
Riding Standards and Etiquette on the Track
- Good riding standards are an important part in having a safe and enjoyable trackday
- Warm up laps are an extremely important part of the day and must be adhered to by all riders. The first session for each group at the start of the day will consist of warm up/sighting laps behind an instructor. On all subsequent sessions until lunch, riders should do at least 1-2 warm up laps to ensure tyres are at the correct temperature. After lunch there will be warm up laps behind the instructor and on subsequent sessions riders again should again do 1-2 warm up laps
- During all warm up laps there is a strict no overtaking rule. If this is not adhered to then the offending rider will be warned and if they persist will have their wristbands removed
- Remember that you have all day! It is recommended that build your speed up steadily in each session and throughout the day
- Use the instructors present on the day – they are very experienced and there to help you. You will learn more about bike control, the bikes capabilities and your own, and finish the day a better and more knowledgeable rider
Dangerous riding will not be tolerated and is defined as follows:-
- Overtaking up the inside of a bend
- Overtaking too close. Please give other riders plenty of space - a full arms length - when overtaking
- Weaving to warm up tyres
- Slowing down too quickly for any reason
- When slowing for Red or Yellow flags the throttle should be rolled off so you continue to proceed at half speed – do not brake hard as soon as you see a flag
- Wheelies, stoppies, erratic riding and other dangerous manoeuvres are not allowed. You must be in full control of your motorcycle at all times with both hands on the handlebars
- Ride on the tarmac and between the white lines at all times
- Please remember the Paddock speed limit is 5mph, and please always wear a helmet when riding in the paddock too
Further information can be found on the CBT web site Track Day Safety Instructions
- Slick tyres are only allowed in the Advanced group (or CRMC Race group where applicable)
- If you intend to use them please inform us immediately so we can place you in the Fast / Expert group. You must ensure they are in good condition, no more than 5 years old with tread depth indicators still visible
- There will be no exceptions to this rule. Please be aware due to numbers on track it will be very unlikely that group changes can be made on the day so please have the correct tyres fitted to your machine prior to or at the event as refunds will not be possible on the day
- This rule does not apply to 'Wets' - these will be acceptable in any group as they will only be used in very wet conditions for a matter of safety
- If you wish to order tyres or have any tyre queries, please contact Graham Matcham at Continental on 07772 911137
Brake Lever Guards2022 Update:
- MSV are recommending that Brake Lever Guards should be fitted to any motorcycle attending a trackday at their venues as a matter of safety, but they have confirmed that for classic bikes only, they will not be compulsory at CBT events on their circuits.
- So, where possible we would advise all machines fitted with hollow handlebars to have brake lever guards fitted (they can always be removed after), but if you can not or choose not to fit them, you will not be turned away or prevented from riding on a CBT Trackday at an MSV venue.
- At the time of writing, Brake Lever Guards are not required at other circuits.
Generic Bike Information
- It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure the overall condition of their bike is in good, safe, working order for use on the track
- Please ensure you have thoroughly checked the following well BEFORE the day:-
- All fluid levels are at their optimum and there are no leaks
- The brake system is fully functional; the pads are not too worn and will last the day (plus ride home if you have used your bike to travel)
- Tyres are in good condition and have sufficient tread to last the day (again, plus ride home if you have used your bike to travel)
- Tyre pressures should be correct to either your handbook or a motorcycle dealer. Remember riding at speed on a track with incorrect pressures can endanger you and others. (Continental tyres and Griff from Aprilia Performance will be able to help advise you with tyre pressues if you're unsure)
- Chain sufficiently lubricated in good condition and tension correct to your handbook specifications or local motorcycle dealer
- All bodywork is properly attached i.e. not loose or held on with gaffer tape
- Any lights, indicators and mirrors should be covered with tape. Some riders choose to remove mirrors completely, to prevent damage or glass on the track
- It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure their bike passes the noise limit for the trackday on the day, which is usually a static test. If it fails you will be allowed to make it quieter and have a retest, but you will not be allowed on the track until it has passed. Most circuits will operate the static test as a ‘filter’ to ensure noisy bikes do not get onto the circuit so they don’t fail the operating rules set by the local council, but most will also operate a ‘drive-by’ limit so you are also monitored where it matters most; on the track. If your bike is found to be too loud on track, you will be black flagged and asked to silence the bike before going out on track again
- For your own safety and the safety of all other riders on track, CBT will refuse access to the circuit of any motorcycle deemed to be unsafe
For full details please visit the CBT website Track Day Bike Information
In addition to the track days organised by CBT above there are other track events that members might be interested in.
Thruxton Historic Meeting - Saturday June 17th and Sunday June 18th 2023
2 day show where Classic Bikes can be ridden on track on either day.
Thruxton Stand Alone Bike Show - Sunday July 2nd 2023
A new yeqarly event for the South of England. The show will encompass Customs/Specials/Classics/Racers/Clubs/Traders/Manufacturer and anything allied to motorcycling.
British Super Bike Meeting Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August 2023
Club stands and bike displays welcome