Douglas-based gold bullion depository and trading company IMGold is now the title sponsor of the prestigious Manx Grand Prix motorcycle races. The company, which has vaults located in Victoria Street, is the first title sponsor in the event’s ninety-one year history. As part of a multi-year deal it will be known as the IMGold Manx Grand Prix, starting with the 2014 event which begins on August 16. As well as the Manx Grand Prix naming rights, IMGold will receive a package of sponsorship benefits including high profile startline, trackside, podium and winners enclosure branding, advertising in the official MGP programme and website and tickets to the Manx Grand Prix VIP Hospitality Club.
Ed Pearce, IMGold Managing Director, said:
“We’re very proud to become the first title sponsor of the Manx Grand Prix in its 91 year history. As a company that values its Manx roots, we are honoured to be associated with such a prestigious event that over many years has attracted competitors and fans to the Island from around the world. We are delighted to be playing a part in ensuring that the Manx Grand Prix has a bright future, not just as a premier motorsports event in its own right, but also in its role as a stepping stone in the careers of many young riders who go on to become TT champions.”
Harvey Garton, Chairman, Manx Motorcycle Club, commented:
“We are delighted to have secured IMGold as a commercial partner for the Manx Grand Prix. The sponsorship represents a major commitment to the event and is an important step for us as we look to build and grow the event and secure its long term future.”
The Manx Grand Prix is part of the Isle of Man Festival of Motoring that also includes the Classic TT, the two-day and Classic Trials and the Vintage Motorcycle Club Rally and Festival of Jurby. This year’s Manx Grand Prix features the newcomers’ race with three classes on Monday 25th August; the Junior MGP (Supersport) and Lightweight SuperTwin on Wednesday 27th and concludes with the Senior MGP on Friday 29th August. The meeting also includes the ‘Big Reunion’ invitational evening to all former competitors on Wednesday 27th August.
The Manx Grand Prix began in 1923 as the ‘Manx Amateur Road Races’ until 1930 when it was renamed the Manx Grand Prix. One of the world’s oldest continuous motorsport events, it has provided a platform for competitors to experience the Mountain Course and many of the most successful riders have graduated to compete in the TT itself. Previous competitors at the Manx Grand Prix have included TT race winners Carl Fogarty, Charlie Williams and Phillip McCallen while current TT competitors who made their Mountain Course debuts at the Manx Grand Prix include Ian Hutchinson, Michael Dunlop, Ryan Farquhar, Dan Kneen and Ivan Lintin. Other notable events in the races’ 91-year history include Gloria Clark who, in 1989, became the first woman to race in the MGP. She entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1991 as the fastest lady on the TT Circuit. Manx resident Carolynn Sells became the first woman to win a race on the Snaefell Mountain Course during the 2009 Manx Grand Prix.
IMGold, which is the trading name of Isle of Man Bullion Ltd, was launched last year and has offices and below ground vaults which are electronically protected and monitored by G4S with security systems equalling or exceeding industry standards. For more information go to www.imgold.com or call +44 (0)1624 888 888. For information about the IMGold Manx Grand Prix go to http://www.manxgrandprix.org/