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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?
Nick with his TT winning Honda RC30
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 battles through the clag on board the factory CCM.
Nick will be riding Phil Morris’ V&M Yamaha as used by his nephew David
In 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?'
“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
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:
For the Thundersprint Hillclimb:
a) The Thundersprint – three hillclimb, race runs on Sunday, using about 1.25 miles of the track.
Darley Moor circuit is wide, fast & secureb) 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:
Click for A Lap of the fabulous Darley Moor track
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 Delight8) Thundersprint Cavalcade:
Any machine, road or race, of any age.
Machines will have to undergo a basic
Darley Moor Paddock is huge and right next to the track.
9) 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.
|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
Phil 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.”
for a video tour of the
Phil Morris Museum
|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.
look forward to every single Thundersprint because it is the only
event in the year where I actually race – if only against the clock.
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
|Thundersprint Tickets On Sale Now|
Tickets are available on line from: Thundersprint tickets
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!
Darley Moor Paddock is huge and will welcome all the competitors plus the camping
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
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.”
Tickets are available on line from: Thundersprint tickets
|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.
Darley Moor Track is great for riders and spectators
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!”
... and provides fabulous
racing for classics with
superb spectator viewing.
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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