The Autocycle Union (ACU Motorcycling GB) is the governing
body of motorcycle sport throughout Britain. It is recognised
by the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM). The
ACU was a founder member of this body in 1904.
The role of the ACU Motorcycling GB in British motorcycle
sport may be summarised as follows:-
- The main objective of ACU Motorcycling GB is to provide
all participants in motorcycle sport with enjoyable, safe
and competitive days of sporting action. With over 700 clubs
divided into 21 centres, there are many opportunities available
for interested parties, irrespective of age or ability.
- It sets the rules for the various aspects of the sport.
- It ensures fair play. It trains stewards, marshals and
observers to ensure track safety.
- It sets, checks and revises safety standards, which ensure
that motorcycle sport is an insurable commodity.
- It retains a body of medical advisors. It tracks the progess
of national championships and contributes to the wider world
of motorcycling that makes international competition happen.
- It is in constant contact with many Government departments
to defend and develop the sport of Motorcycling.
- It remains independent from the many commercial pressures
which inevitably shape and redirect our sport.
A Short History
ACU Motorcycling GB was founded in 1903 as the Auto - Cycle
Club with the aim of developing motorsport through clubs and
arranging touring facilities for individual members. It was
renamed the Auto - Cycle Union in 1907 and organised a series
of Quarterly Trials and National Six Day Events before the
end of that decade.
The motorcycle was utilised to good effect during World War
One, so much so that it created a trade boom during peace
time and within six months 18,000 new members joined the ACU.
By the end of 1923 the ACU had been divided into 14 centres.
Many enthusiasts would designate the inter-war period as
the golden age of motorcycling: club life had many facets;
and there were hill climbs most weekends on the public highways.
These were days of competition and conjecture, not monotonous
runaway victories and predictable winners.
But then came disaster - World War Two. After the hostilities,
when the ACU had again helped the armed forces with the provision
and training of despatch riders, the organisation's membership
had been reduced to 10,000 by 1946.
However, by the time of the ACU's Golden Jubilee seven years
later, the number had risen to 54,000, with 750 affiliated
clubs. The strength of the ACU in the post-war years may be
evidenced by the success of British competitors on an international
stage and it’s standing in the world of motorcycle sport
and leisure today.
In 2001 it was decided it was time to rebrand the ACU as
“ACU Motorcycling GB” with the new logo you see
Please visit the ACU
Motorcycling GB website.