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Thundersprint Takes a Year Off in 2015

Thundersprint organisers Frank and Carol Melling announced that this iconic event will not take place in 2015.

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Frank & Carol Melling with one of the Thundersprint's business awards

Frank Melling said: “It’s well known that we have had two disastrously bad years with the weather in 2013 and 2014. The 55mm of rain we had over two days this year at Darley Moor hit spectator attendance very badly. In the simplest possible terms, we just cannot take a chance on a third year of hostile weather.

“The problem we, and many other organisers, face is that the cost of promoting a big, complex event like the Thundersprint rises every year. Circuit owners want their income guaranteeing regardless of ticket sales. There is nothing wrong with this policy but it means that all the pressure is on the event organiser to cover costs and, hopefully, make a profit.

“We have talked extensively to a number of venues but there are none available which make economic sense. In the final analysis, we are a two person business and we can’t continue to risk what we have built up over the last seventeen years on the bet that we will have good weather in 2015.

“The Thundersprint is very much alive and well and Carol and I remain as enthusiastic as ever for the future – if and when the event can make economic sense.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all competitors, traders and spectators for their fantastic support and we hope that they we will all continue to remain the good friends that they are now.”

Thundersprint 2014 –
The Big, and Very, Very Wet, One

With Scott Redding, Jim Redman, Sam Lowes and Nick Jefferies on the start line the only big star missing from this year’s Thundersprint was Noah – and he was the one with most experience of the conditions!

Riders weren’t so much looking for a good wet set up for their bikes as outboard engines and inflatables - as the rain lashed down and a bitter wind howled around Darley Moor.

Thundersprint 2014 was wet – but Paul Bateman mastered the conditions to win the sidecar class

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Scott insisted that the show went on for the thousands of spectator

Click To EnlargeDespite the conditions, the stars put on a really good show for the thousands of spectators who braved the conditions. Scott Redding said: “The weather spoiled things for everyone but I met loads of fans and we put on the best show that we could in the conditions.”

Six times World Champion Jim Redman was just as upbeat: “I can’t remember rain this bad for a long time but you can’t fix the weather. The important thing for me was that we put on a good show for the thousands of spectators who turned out. I really enjoyed meeting everyone and brought the bike back in one piece and so I went away happy.”

Pete Johnson had travelled from Birmingham and he still managed a smile as the rain lashed down. “You can’t fix the rain in Britain. The trade stands were great and meeting Sam Lowes on the CMC stand made my day. He’s just such a lovely person.”

Despite the conditions, riders put on a great show with all the Cavalcades taking place and, incredibly in view of the tsunami conditions, the whole race programme being completed.

  Click To EnlargeJim was determined not to disappoint the fans

Thundersprint organiser Frank Melling was still smiling, despite being knee deep in mud for two days. He said: “We always aim to be the best at everything we do with the Thundersprint and everyone, including locals who had been visiting Darley for the last forty years, said that this was the wettest and windiest meeting they had ever seen. Short of a tidal wave on the A515, it couldn’t have been any worse.

“The reaction to the Thundersprint has been tremendously positive from spectators and traders and, in view of the thousands of spectators who braved the conditions, we were all wondering just what a vast crowd we would have attracted if the weather had been even half decent.

“I would like to add a special note of thanks to the people of Ashbourne, and the surrounding areas, for making us feel so welcome. When you start looking in Estate Agents’ windows you know that you are in a very special place.”

“It’s going to be a real privilege for me to share the same paddock as these legends.

The Thundersprint Cavalcades were spectacular

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World Champion Sam Lowes
Joins All Star Line Up for Thundersprint 2014

Sam Lowes, current World Supersport Champion and one of Britain’s brightest hopes for GP success, will join a galaxy of stars for this year’s Thundersprint which will be held at the beautiful Darley Moor circuit, near Ashbourne in Derbyshire, over the weekend of May 10/11.

Sam Lowes showing why he is World Champion

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Sam said: “The Thundersprint is going to be like a GP paddock with Scott Redding, John McGuinness and all the classic greats. Personally, I am looking forward to meeting six times World Champion Jim Redman who has been one of my Dad’s heroes forever.
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Winning always brings a smile

“Sammy Miller is bringing some unbelievable bikes from his museum and I hope that Sam will let me have a sit on some of them.

“It’s going to be a real privilege for me to share the same paddock as these legends.

“Best of all, I’m looking forward to meeting many of my fans and I will be on Pole Position Travel’s stand on Sunday signing autographs.

“In between, I will be having a play about on the track riding a Yamaha R6 provided by CMC in Chesterfield which will be tricked up to look like my Moto2 bike.  How good is that?”

Thundersprint organiser Frank Melling said: “The way things are going, if Valentino Rossi rang up for a ride we’d struggle to fit him in – although we might just find a space somewhere!

“In all seriousness, this is the most star studded entry we have had in 17 Thundersprints and even if we didn’t own the event it would be the one we couldn’t miss.

Go Sam!

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“Jim Redman started racing in 1954 so we will have over six decades of Grand Prix racing greats riding at the Thundersprint from Jim to Sam and Scott Redding.

This will be unique for any event in the world.

“It’s going to be a real privilege to have such a fantastic collection of the world’s best riders all on the track at the same time.”

Maybe the Best Motorcycle Racing Competition Ever
Free to Enter at Thundersprint 2014

The biggest? The best? The fastest? They’re all subjective and everyone will have a different idea of the winner. But Thundersprint 2014 will be hosting a competition offering one of the great biking prizes of the year.

Together, Pole Position Travel who are the Thundersprint’s official hospitality partner, and Donington Park Circuit the Thundersprint’s title sponsor, are offering a spectacular weekend for two at the Donington Park round of World Superbike which will be held two weeks after the Thundersprint over the weekend of May 23/24 and 25 of May.

The prize is for two people and the weekend starts with an Executive King Double room at the 4*Thistle East Midlands Airport hotel, plus complementary dinner and wine.

Donington Race Circuit – the Home of British Motorcycle Racing.
You could be here on May 24 and 25 for the trip of a lifetime

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The winners will have VIP Parking at Donington followed by a personal tour of the Kawasaki World Superbike garage with Kawasaki Team Manager Guim Roda. During the tour, the competition winners will meet Tom Sykes and Loris Baz for a chat.

Then they will be off to the Kawasaki Hospitality Centre for lunch and drinks before watching the races from the best seats in Donington.

Click To EnlargeCompetition winners will personally meet Tom Sykes, who won BOTH of the TWO World Superbike races at Donington, last year.

Finally, before they head home the winners will receive a selection of exclusive Kawasaki merchandise.

The two runners up will receive a pair of tickets each for WSBK at Donington and VIP Parking.

To win, entrants must correctly answer this question.

How many races did Tom Sykes win at last year’s
Donington World Superbike round?

One, two, three or none?

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The winner, and the two runners-up, will be drawn by World Supersport Champion Sam Lowes on the Pole Position Stand at 3pm on Sunday 11 May – plenty of time to get ready for Donington two weeks later.

Gordon Howell, Head Honcho of Pole Position Travel, and Thundersprint organiser Carol Melling hard at work planning this fabulous competition.

Entry is completely free of charge and there is no limit to the number of times the competition can be entered.

But, entry forms can only be accepted at the Pole Position Travel stand which will be in the Thundersprint paddock at Darley Moor throughout the weekend of May 10/11.

Postal and electronic entries will not be accepted. Entry forms will only be accepted at the Pole Position Travel stand.

Full entry terms and conditions are available from: Pole Position Travel.

And here’s the entry form which you should bring to the Pole Position Travel stand at the Thundersprint.

Or you can download a pdf by clicking on entry form.

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Isle of Man TT Legend John McGuinness
Joins All Star Line-Up for Thundersprint 2014
John McGuinness is one of the greatest riders ever of TT racing but over the weekend of May 10/11 he will swap the 37 ¾ miles of Manx public roads for the more sedate surroundings of the Darley Moor circuit in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

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Not that John doesn’t think highly of this beautiful circuit, set in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales. “I have had really fond memories of Darley for a long time. I’ve competed in every ‘Stars at Darley’ meeting since 1998 and love riding there.

“The length of a lap is a bit different from the TT, to say the least, but Darley is a great little track and a lot of fun.

“I have been meaning to ride at the Thundersprint for years and years but there has always been some clash which has prevented me from making an appearance and so I am really pleased to be there at last.

“In some ways, the Thundersprint is very like the TT because there is a really relaxed atmosphere for the spectators with Mums and Dads and the family dog there, alongside hard core race fans.

John in TT winning action at Ballaugh Bridge

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“The difference is that no matter how much I want to be with fans, the TT is a serious business and my mind has to be focussed on racing.

“The Thundersprint will be completely different. I will have all the time in the world for fans and when I am not having a play about on the track with Scott Redding and Nick Jefferies I will be in the paddock talking about the TT.

Click To EnlargeAnd here’s what it takes to be a 20 times TT winner

“It’s going to be a great weekend and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Thundersprint organiser Frank Melling said: “John is one of the all-time greats of TT racing and is very much a riders’ rider.

“We watched John break the 130mph lap barrier from the banking at Creg Ny Baa and he was so elegant and smooth that he made it look like a Sunday ride out. That’s the sign of the best of the best.

“We’ve been talking to John about riding in the Thundersprint for the last twelve years now so we’re more than satisfied to have him join us at what we hope will be the first of many Thundersprints.”

RAF Spitfire Confirmed For Full
Aerobatic Display at Thundersprint 2014
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be sending one of their iconic Spitfires to this year’s Thundersprint on Sunday May 11.

The Spitfire display has always been a highlight of Thundersprints

Click To EnlargeThe display will be a particularly moving one because the Darley Moor circuit, near Ashbourne in Derbyshire, was originally an RAF airfield.

Darley is less than a minute’s flight from the historic Rolls Royce factory in Derby where the Spitfire’s legendary Merlin engine was built.

Thundersprint organiser, Frank Melling, said: “The Spitfire display has been a key part of the Thundersprint for many years and having one of these wonderful aircraft fly over an airfield, and area, where it has so many intense connections will be a very moving experience.

“The display area is fantastic and will provide superb views of the aircraft.

“The Spit will be with us as part of the lunch-time celebrations at Sunday’s Thundersprint so it will make a great start to the Masterclass - and we’re not expecting to see a dry eye at the show.”

Fingers crossed that this is the Spitfire which will be at the Thundersprint.

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Donington Park Race Circuit Becomes
Thundersprint Title Sponsor

Donington Park Race Circuit, the home of British motorcycle racing, and the Thundersprint are joining forces in a marriage which, if not actually made in heaven, certainly had its nuptials consummated in the race paddock!

The fabulous Donington circuit

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Christopher Tate, Managing Director of the Donington Racing Circuit said: “In securing title sponsorship of the Thundersprint we’re delighted to be associated with one of the best events in motorcycling.

“This year, over the weekend of May 23, 24 and 25, Donington will host the only round of World Superbike in Britain. We want to tell everyone that this is the one race in the year which you just can’t miss and working with the Thundersprint is the way to spread this message.

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Tom Sykes will be leading the British charge at Donington –
and hoping for another double win

“The Thundersprint attracts everyone with an interest in motorcycling – not just hard core race fans. It’s these enthusiasts, who wouldn’t normally go to a major race meeting, that we want to reach and let them know that World Superbike at Donington is a fantastic spectacle for anyone with an interest in bikes.”

Thundersprint organiser, Frank Melling said: “There’s no disputing that World Superbike at Donington provides superb racing with the outcome of every single race fought right up until the chequered flag.

“The other certainty is that Donington Park is the best motorcycle racing circuit in Britain - and one of the great tracks anywhere in the world.

“Donington has always been one of my favourite circuits, both as a rider and spectator, so we feel very honoured to have Donington Park Race Circuit as our title sponsor.”

“We are going to make sure that all our Thundersprint customers know about World Superbike and for certain, we’ll be there at the start of Craner Curves cheering for the Brits and enjoying one of the great spectacles in motorcycle racing.”

Motorcycling Legend Sammy Miller
Returns to the Thundersprint With Even More Exotic Grand Prix Motorcycles

Click To EnlargeMotorcycling legend Sammy Miller is a firm favourite with the Thundersprint crowds and this year he is reaching new heights with the two bikes he is bringing to Darley Moor over the weekend of May 10/11

Hens’ teeth are positively common compared with the Type 673 works Jawa Sammy will be bringing to the Thundersprint.

Arguably the most exotic bike at this year’s Thundersprint will be the incredibly rare, four cylinder, type 673 works Jawa as ridden by 125cc World Champion Bill Ivy. Sammy acquired the bike for the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum in October 2013 and the Thundersprint will be its maiden outing on the international festival circuit.

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Rennsport 500cc BMW

Sammy is also bringing a 1954 Rennsport BMW.

The flat twin German bike is a sister bike of the machine which Walter Zeller took to second place in the 1954 World Championship being beaten only by John Surtees riding the factory MV Agusta.

Despite being a full 500cc machine, the BMW is a wonderful jewel of minimalist engineering and certainly one of the bikes which must be seen at the Thundersprint.

Sammy said: “I am a huge fan of the Thundersprint. It’s a unique event in that it is run really slickly but at the same time manages to maintain the relaxed, informal atmosphere of a true classic event. I’m really looking forward to May.”

Ashbourne Churches Take Lead Role
at Thundersprint 2014
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Ashbourne Anglican churches, under the leadership of the Revd. Canon Geraldine Pond, are going to take a starring role at the 2014 Thundersprint which will be held at the Darley Moor Circuit, on the edge of Ashbourne, over the weekend of May 10/11.

Revd Canon Geraldine Pond and PA Clare Lewcockk

The Revd. Pond said: “We are very excited about joining in with what is going to be a wonderful event for the whole community. We will have a Christian Centre right in the heart of the Thundersprint but we are going to be doing far more than evangelising – vitally important as this is to us.The Revd. Pond said: “We are very excited about joining in with what is going to be a wonderful event for the whole community. We will have a Christian Centre right in the heart of the Thundersprint but we are going to be doing far more than evangelising – vitally important as this is to us.

“In our centre we will have a Nursing Mums’ area, a chill out space so parents with little ones can take a quiet five minutes before they join the excitement of the show again and a prayer and meditation area for some reflective thinking.

“We hope that all these opportunities will be very popular.

“We are also hosting the Lost Children Centre - but we will be happy if this is empty all weekend!

“On Saturday evening, we will be having a prayer walk around the track and we hope that many of the riders and spectators will join us in this very spiritual experience.”

The Thundersprint is of and for the wider community – not just for hard core bikers. This is why the support of the local churches is so important to us. We want the Thundersprint to provide a great weekend for everyone and to be able to work with the Ashbourne churches, who play such a pivotal role in the life of the town and surrounding area, is a great honour

Scott Redding Stars at Thundersprint 2014

Click To EnlargeThere have been many star riders at the Thundersprint but none burning so brightly as 20 year old Scott Redding who was the youngest rider to ever win a Grand Prix aged just 15 years and 170 days.

Scott is looking forward to riding at the Thundersprint

For the 2014 season, Scott is riding a Honda RCV1000R for the renowned “Go&Fun” Gresini Honda team. Scott said: “I am disappointed not to be Moto 2 World Champion this year but you need everything to go perfectly right to win at the highest level.

“Now, I am looking forward to riding in MotoGP, which is the toughest championship in motorcycle racing. I don’t expect to be World Champion in my first year – that would be an impossible dream – but I do want to be the best non-factory rider.

Scott playing with his new MotoGP toy at the first Valencia test

Click To Enlarge“I have great team around me, and a top class bike in the Honda RCV1000R, and I feel that I am ready for the challenge.”

Scott spends his working life riding at the best tracks, and against the hardest riders, in the world so what’s the attraction of the Thundersprint?

“I have ridden at the Thundersprint twice before and I honestly loved every minute of it. GP racing is a serious business – very serious indeed. My mind is entirely focussed on winning and I really do miss the chance to mix with the fans.

Scott was almost 2013 Moto 2 World Champion

Click To Enlarge“The Thundersprint is a giant two-day party for anyone who loves bikes and, best of all, I’ve got the time to talk to fans, have photographs and be with them socially. In fact, all the things I love doing but can’t at a GP.

“Darley Moor looks like a great little track so I’m going to have a play about on a Honda Fireblade and just have a good time. I can’t wait until May.”

Thundersprint organiser Frank Melling said: “We have been friends with Scott for a long time now and there’s no rider we would rather have join with us.

“Not only is he an incredible rider but he’s also a lovely person so everyone is certain to have a good time.

“Like Scott, we just can’t wait until May.”

Nick Jefferies
Britain's Best All Round Motorcyclist
Rides at the Thundersprint

There aren’t many t-shirts in motorcycling that Nick Jefferies doesn’t have! For example, how many riders have ridden for the Honda factory in both trials and road racing?

Click To EnlargeNot only has Nick ridden everything from trials, enduros, motocross and road racing he has been a winner at international level – and he’s also a committed long distance road rider too.

Nick with his TT winning Honda RC30

His fondest memory from 45 years of competition is his win in the 1993 Formula 1 race. Nick said: “Well, I think anyone who has come second at the TT 8 times would feel like they should have won more than one but 1993 was the year it all came good for me. The Honda RC30 was a great bike, and I was riding well, so I felt that I deserved to stand on the top step of the podium.”

Nick is part of the legendary Jefferies’ dynasty of motorcycle racing stars which encompasses Alan Jefferies, who founded the iconic Jefferies motorcycles of Shipley, Nick’s brother Tony who was a factory Triumph rider and Tony’s son David a motorcycling legend in the making before his accident in 2003.

At the start of his career, Nick was better known as a superb trials rider and rode not only works Hondas but was the key pilot in the CCM trials project.

Nick battles through the clag on board the factory CCM..

Click To EnlargeNot that he was just a “feet up” expert. Nick was a fast motocross rider too and went on to ride for Britain in the International Six Days Trial – the world championship of enduros.

Nick will be riding Phil Morris’ V&M Yamaha as used by his nephew David

Click To EnlargeIn an era of superstars with supersized egos Nick is a refreshingly modest and down to earth. “At heart, I am an enthusiast, who has always liked to go and ride for the hell of it, rather than saying 'How much are you paying?'

“I actually think that we are privileged as riders - and doubly privileged if spectators are kind enough to show an interest in what we do.

“This is one of the attractions of the Thundersprint. The atmosphere will be great, I’ve got an immaculate and lovingly prepared bike in Phil Morris’ V&M Yamaha and I will have the chance to meet fans personally – as well as having a play about on the track. What could be better?

“The Yamaha is one of those my nephew David rode so riding it at the Thundersprint will be an extra special experience.”

Thundersprint 2014 Hillclimb and Cavalcade Entry Information

Here is all the information about how you can enter either the Thundersprint track sessions and Hillclimb (Sprint) or the Cavalcade:

Click on Hillclimb for an entry to the Thundersprint and Cavalcade for an entry form just to the Cavalcade element of the Thundersprint.

Location: Darley Moor Motor Sport Centre, Derbyshire, DE6 2ET

The track is right in the centre of the country, about 2 miles from Ashbourne town centre.

It is easily accessible from the M6 and M1.

1) Thundersprint 2014 will be over two days. Here is a schedule of the event: What’s On and When

We have tried to give two days of sport for entrants whilst still keeping the time riders have to take off from work to a minimum, if you face pressures on your time.

This means that, if you wish, you can set up from Friday lunch-time onwards or, if you can’t get away, come on Sunday morning, have your bike scrutineered and still take part in a fantastic Thundersprint.

The entry fee is the same whether you start your weekend on Friday afternoon or ride just on Sunday.

Well behaved pets, and children, have free admission and are welcome.

We need to explain why the Thundersprint is a hillclimb and not a sprint. The answer lies in ACU regulations which say that if a sprint has corners, and/or is longer than 1 mile, it becomes a hillclimb. The “climb” bit of the hillclimb at Darley really is very, very, very small!

2) Entry into the Thundersprint Hillclimb automatically gives you participation in the two Cavalcades.

There is no additional entry fee and you don’t need your bike scrutineered twice.

3) Hillclimb entrants can, if they wish, enter a different bike into the Cavalcades for no additional fee – but the second bike clearly needs to pass scrutineering and the rider must remain the same!

4) The Cavalcade will be speed limited.

5) All bikes – Hillclimb and Cavalcade – will have to run at 105dba. This noise limit is rigid and non-negotiable so please don’t ask for exceptions because there can’t be any.

6) Here is what you will get:

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a) The Thundersprint – three hillclimb, race runs on Sunday, using about 1.25 miles of the track.

Darley Moor circuit is wide, fast & secure

b) Approximately 2 hours of track time over two days. There will be a “no closer than 2m” (six feet) rule so that everyone can enjoy the event in safety and comfort.

Riders will be divided into three groups – “relaxed”, “intermediate” and “fast” so that everyone can ride at a speed which they find comfortable.

c) Two, not one, Cavalcades – one each day

d) Two weekend admission tickets and one camping pass

The practice sessions will use the full 1.5 mile circuit. Here’s a lap of the track if you haven’t been there before. It’s a superb little circuit and great fun to ride:

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The actual sprint races will use about 1.25 miles of the 1.5 miles. The finishing line will be half way down the Pope Straight.

Riders will then slow down and gather again just after Paddock bend, which is the last corner on the circuit before the road race finishing line.

Sprinting is spectacular at Darley

The sprint really will be good fun. It features two challenging chicanes – one of which is flat out on a classic bike – and a hairpin complex, as well as a good straight where you can get your head buried in the tank.

The track is easy to ride if you haven’t raced much and a real challenge if you want to go fast.

We are aiming for everyone to have three hillclimb runs.

Starting will be by timing beam lights. You will not have to hire a transponder since the track practice sessions will be untimed.

However, you will have to purchase a one event ACU sprint/hillclimb licence if you don’t have either an ACU road race licence or an ACU sprint/hillclimb licence.

Entry cost: £135.00

For the Thundersprint Cavalcade:

a) Two, not one, Cavalcades – one each day.

b) Two weekend admission tickets and one camping pass

Entry cost: £35.00


7) Thundersprint Hillclimb:

Mainly pre-1978 but we will have a modern bike class too.

There will be a sidecar/three wheeler class for modern and classic machines. An ACU competition licence will be needed – road race or sprint/hillclimb - or you can purchase a one event competition licence at the event.

Machines will need to be road race compliant. EVERY BIKE WILL HAVE TO RUN AT LESS THAN 105DBA. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.

Riders’ personal protection clothing will have to be ACU compliant. In practical terms, this means one piece leathers, an ACU Gold badged helmet, leather gloves and boots.

The Cavalcade is the Rocker's Delight

8) Thundersprint Cavalcade:

Any machine, road or race, of any age.

Machines will have to undergo a basic safety check.


Please note that the Cavalcade will be speed limited. Helmets are compulsory.

The Cavalcade will use the full 1.5 mile circuit. Here’s a lap of the track if you haven’t been there before. It’s a superb little circuit and will be ideal for cruising round in the cavalcade waving to the crowds:

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We have decided to restrict entries for this first Thundersprint Cavalcade at Darley to 200. These will be 125 Hillclimb and 75 Cavalcade entrants so please don’t wait until April and then expect to get a ride.

Darley Moor Paddock is huge and right next to the track.

Click To Enlarge9) We will be using the main, grass paddock which is huge – 11 acres – and is perfectly sited right next to the track. Cavalcade and Hillclimb bikes will share the same paddock.

10) The paddock will be pedestrianised. With the mammoth crowd we are expecting, this is the only sensible way to run the event. Bikes will have to be pushed to, and from, the collecting box as we have done for every Thundersprint in the past.

11) Adjacent to the race paddock will be pre-booked spectator camping.

Fingers crossed that the Spitfire will be with us.

In addition to the track action, we will have a big trade area and lots to do for all the family – in true Thundersprint style. There will be an enormous club display area; a Fine Food centre and lots more.

We also hope to have a Spitfire display to bring the whole show back to being the traditional Thundersprint event.

12) Here are the entry forms for both parts of the event:

Click on Hillclimb for an entry to the Thundersprint and Cavalcade for an entry form just to the Cavalcade element of the Thundersprint.

13) You must send us a paper entry, by post. This is still a legal requirement in Britain despite the fact that the government is trying to get everyone to use the internet for everything.

14) Please complete the current Biography form for our commentator and the media.

If you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact us at or 01928 740 498.

Valentino Rossi’s Bike to Appear at Thundersprint 2014 With Phil Morris Racing Museum

It’s not often you can get close up to Valentino Rossi’s actual World Championship winning machine but Phil Morris will be bringing one of the 125cc Nastro Azzurro Aprilias, on which Vale won the 1997 World Championship, to Thundersprint 2014, which will be held at the Darley Moor circuit over the weekend of May 10/11, 2014.

Valentino Rossi’s actual World Championship bike will be at the Thundersprint

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Click To EnlargePhil has one of the best collections of racing motorcycles anywhere in the world and is looking forward to having his GP style mobile museum at the Thundersprint. Phil said: “We have some fantastic bikes in the museum and we like bringing them to big events – and there’s none bigger than the Thundersprint.

Arch motorcycle enthusiast Phil Morris

“One of the things which makes the Phil Morris Racing Museum unique is that all our bikes are completely track ready. It’s just a question of filling them with fuel and firing them up. So, as well as Valentino’s bike we will bringing a whole collection of the factory V&M Yamahas. Nick Jefferies will be having a play in the Thundersprint on the ex-David Jefferies’ machine, which is one of my favourite V&M bikes.”

Click To EnlargePhil’s whole collection of works V&M Yamahas will be at the Thundersprint

Click here for a video tour of the Phil Morris Museum

Phil has an incredible collection of racing motorcycles - many of them unique. But it’s not only the bikes which are world class. Phil’s passion for racing is very special and his willingness to make his priceless machines freely available to race fans is a delight.

We are very honoured to have Phil, and his bikes, join us at the Thundersprint.

Jim Redman Rides At Thundersprint 2014

Jim Redman is six times TT winner and is one of the very greatest names in the history of motorcycling. He will lead a galaxy of classic motorcycling stars at next year’s Darley Moor Thundersprint, which will be held over the weekend of May 10/11, 2014.

Click To EnlargeJim Redman – one of the world’s greatest motorcycle racers.

Jim has been a regular at the last 15 Thundersprints. He said: “I have consulted my lawyers and they have confirmed that it would be illegal to run a Thundersprint without me riding – or at the very least immoral!

“I look forward to every single Thundersprint because it is the only event in the year where I actually race – if only against the clock.

Click To Enlarge“I have had a good look at the video of the Darley Moor circuit (Click here to view a lap) and it looks a really fantastic little track and just so much fun to ride. The setting is beautiful too and it will make a fantastic venue for a world class event like the Thundersprint.

“I am bringing my whole team with me in the form of Clive Brooker and his lovely CR750 Honda. Clive’s bike is beautifully prepared and I ride it so often that it feels very much my bike.

“Thundersprint 2014 is going to be a great event and I look forward to meeting all my fans next May at Darley Moor.”

We think that Jim is so much a part of the Thundersprint family that the event would not have been the same without him. His charm, charisma, modesty and love of race fans make him a very special person and we are delighted, and honoured, that Jim is joining us at Darley.

Jim gets ready for blast off on Clive Brooker’s beautiful CR75

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£5.00 For a Weekend Spectator Pass
£15.00 For a Weekend Camping Pass
Well-Behaved Pets and Children Free

Spectator tickets for next year’s Thundersprint, which will be held at the Darley Moor Circuit on May 10th and 11th next year, have gone on sale – and at ground breaking prices!

We have had so many enquiries from spectators that we just had to start selling tickets. In 17 years of running the Thundersprint we have never seen this much interest so early.

We also want to set a standard for admission prices. In the current economic climate we feel that high admission prices for spectators are unfair to large sections of the community who are struggling to make ends meet and can’t afford to attend the best events.

This is why we are charging just £5.00 for a pre-booked weekend admission ticket. For £5.00, spectators will get two days of star studded track action, a Spitfire aerobatic display, huge trade area and lots of entertainment aimed at the whole family. Children – even old ones if accompanied by their parents – have free admission and there is no charge for pets.

Darley Moor Paddock is huge and will welcome all the competitors plus the camping

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Camping for the whole weekend is £15, again if pre-booked.

The reality is that Mum, Dad, a couple of kids and the family dog can have a fantastic weekend of top quality entertainment for £25.00. This is a price which makes the Thundersprint accessible to the whole community – not just the committed, hard core motorcycle racing fans or the wealthy.

Classics will be spectacular on the beautiful Darley Moor track

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Eddie Nelson, Secretary of the DMMCRRC who control the Darley Moor Motorsports Centre said: “We’ve got a fantastic venue at Darley, with excellent facilities in a truly beautiful setting located right in the centre of the country.

“We also have the room and infrastructure to host a major event like the Thundersprint although for the first year we intend restricting attendance numbers to 25,000 to ensure that we offer a world class customer experience.”

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Thundersprint at Darley Moor

After the success of this year’s Thundersprint at the Anglesey Circuit, the Thundersprint moves to the heart of England for the 2014 event.

We had a great time in Anglesey and enjoyed a truly warm welcome from the Anglesey Circuit and the people of Anglesey.

However, a lot of our customers live in central England and they were pressing us for a location nearer to them. When we were approached by the Darley Moor Motorcycle Road Racing Club (DMMCRRC) to re-locate to their fabulous circuit, set in the heart of the beautiful Derbyshire Dales and yet only 20 miles from the M1 motorway, we didn’t require much persuading!

The Darley Moor Motor Sport Centre circuit is the best kept secret in motorcycle racing. It’s a great racing track, in stunning parkland grounds, and with a history going back over half a century. In short, it is the perfect venue for the Thundersprint.

Darley Moor Track is great for riders and spectators

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The enthusiasm for the move shown by regular Thundersprint riders has been very pleasing with entries flooding in for an event which is 11 months away. With the amount of interest being generated we could run Thundersprint 2014 next week!”

Eddie Nelson, Secretary of the DMMCRRC, said: “We already have a long standing, and very happy, relationship with the Thundersprint having organised the racing side of the event at Northwich for many years.

Darley Moor is
 fast and wide...

... and provides fabulous racing for classics with
superb spectator viewing.
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We are keen to develop the facilities at Darley, for the benefit of the whole motorcycling community, and hosting the Thundersprint will enable us to do this.

“The DMMCRRC, and the Darley Moor Motor Sport Centre, will also benefit tremendously from the professionalism and marketing expertise of the Thundersprint. Together, we aim to put on the best event in the world.”

Here's a Lap of the Fabulous Darley Moor circuit

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