Supporters provide UGP lifeline
Published 13/08/2009 | 02:19
The Ulster Grand Prix Supporters’ Club host a chat show in the marquee tonight (8pm) following the Dundrod 150 races and will feature many of the leading competitors taking part in the Stoneyford Concrete Ulster Grand Prix.
Founded in 1963, the Supporters Club’s aim was to preserve not only the historical Ulster Grand Prix, but to ensure the event remained at the world famous Dundrod circuit.
And 46 years on, the club is still going strong and after last year’s wash-out, is now in a position to hand over substantial funds to the race organisers.
Money is raised through membership packages, raffles, fund-raising functions and various shows throughout the country.
In fact it would be fair to say that the revenue raised by the club is a lifeline to the Ulster Grand Prix.
And without the hard working group of people who shun the limelight, this major international road race, part and parcel of local sporting heritage, might have been consigned to the history books long ago.
The supporters have been the backbone of the UGP since their formation and have supported the event through thick and thin, pouring hundreds of thousands of pounds into the event.
Of course this money is effectively from the fans and is channelled back into the ‘Prix’ thanks to the efforts of the Supporters’ Club and this year they will be sponsoring the final superbike race and helping to ensure a quality line up of riders on the grid.
One of the club’s main sources of income has been the yearly metal badge, many of which have become collectors items.
Tomorrow night, multi-world superbike champion Carl Fogarty, the guest of the Dundrod Club will be signing autographs at the Supporters’ Club stand situated in the trade area from 6pm.