The NMC is today delighted to welcome the Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC) to the NMC’s growing partnership of motorcyclists and trade representative organisations.
Backed by 13,500 members, the VMCC is the world’s largest Vintage & Classic motorcycle Clubs, with 81 regional sections and five specialist sections around the UK, organising over 1,200 events per year. With significant technical and regulatory expertise, the VMCC is at the forefront of the heritage motorcycle sector, drawing its membership from a wide range of riders of classic and heritage machines, ranging from the earliest days of motorcycling through to machines from more recent times. Classic motorcycling is an important part of the UK’s £18 billion historic sector, with nearly 675,000 motorcycles being part of this – a significant proportion of UK motorcycling as a whole.
Through its Regulatory Advisory Group, the VMCC monitors legislative and other developments which might threaten the ability of riders to go on using and enjoying older machines, working together with other rider and heritage organisations to secure a safe and sustainable future for vintage and classic motorcycling. With the NMC’s mission encompassing protection of heritage motorcycling in all its forms, the new partnership adds a significant boost to the motorcycling world’s work in this area, improving joint working and the support of the wider motorcycling world for the VMCC’s mission.
The VMCC’s Chair Mario Costa-Sa said: “Right from the beginning the VMCC has always intended to join the NMC and now is the moment to do so. The NMC is delivering both leadership and the access to policy makers much needed by the individual Motor Cycle Clubs. In a survey of 6000 Club motorcyclists, the strongest approval ratings were for the individual major Clubs joining forces to work on common issues. The organisation where the largest groups come together is the is the NMC.”
The NMC’s Craig Carey-Clinch said: “The VMCC’s membership of the NMC significantly strengthens work to protect heritage motorcycling and to highlight its contribution to society, the economy and sport. With decarbonisation high on the Government’s agenda, it is vital that the voice of heritage motorcycling is further reinforced, particularly in the areas of evolving fuel technology and the continuing availability of fuels as the wider motorcycling sector moves towards new propulsion technologies. As with other motorcycling issues, joint working on these matters is essential when it comes to presenting a strong and combined voice to government The NMC’s members welcomes the VMCC into membership and looks forward to working together on a range of shared issues.”
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3. National Motorcyclists Council members are: The Auto Cycle Union, the British Motorcyclists Federation, IAM RoadSmart, Plantec Assist, the National Motorcycle Dealers Association, the Trail Riders Fellowship and the Vintage Motor Cycle Club