Looking to join a classic scrambles club in England? Then the Pre-65 Motocross Club could be the classic scrambles club for you.
On this page you will find information that explains how to join the Pre-65 Motocross Club and how to start classic scrambling with all British AMCA classic scrambles clubs.
About the Pre-65 Motocross Club
The Pre-65 Motocross Club operates scrambles in the East of England, mainly in Essex, and organise around 10 classic scrambles per year. With over 300 members, the club boasts the highest membership base of any AMCA classic scrambles club in the country and continue to attract over 110 competitors per race meeting.
You can download the membership form using the link at the top of the page.
What does Pre-65 Motocross Club membership entitle me to?
- Free subscription to the bi-annual Pre-65 Motocross Club Newsletter
- The right to vote at the Club AGM
- Discounts at various Motorcycle stores around England
New to classic scrambling?
Here is the Pre-65 Motocross Club's guide to getting started in the world of classic scrambles.
First of all, please note that we do not accept Japanese machines as our focus is machines of British and European origin.
The primary classes as defined by the AMCA under whose regulations we operate are:
- Pre-60 - for machines first manufactured BEFORE 1960 or manufactured after that date if the design remained unchanged
- Pre-65 - for machines proven to be 1965 models or earlier or manufactured after that date if the design remained unchanged
- Pre-74 - for machines first manufactured BEFORE 1974 or manufactured after that date if the design remained unchanged
In addition, the Pre-65 Motocross Club runs the following additional classes at its events:
- Pre-65 up to 350cc - for machines with a maximum capacity of 350cc, proven to be 1965 models or earlier or manufactured after that date if the design remained unchanged.
- Pre-68 over 350cc - for machines with a capacity greater than 350cc first manufactured BEFORE 1968 or manufactured after that date if the design remained unchanged
- Clubman Allcomers - a less competitive class for which any of the above machines are eligible.
- Greeves Championship - for machines manufactured by Greeves BEFORE 1974
For more details and lists of eligible machines please see: AMCA Classic Rule Book
Ok, I want to race scramblers. What's first?
You'll need to fill out our Club Membership Form, which you can download by using the link at the top of the page.
Done that, what next?
You'll need to send your completed club membership form to the address supplied on the form, along with a cheque for the membership fee and a SAE.
You will receive your club membership card and an AMCA membership application form signed by a Pre-65 Motocross Club official. At this point you can either fill out the AMCA form and send it off (or complete an on-line application) and you'll receive your AMCA race license, which is valid from the beginning of January to the end of December. Alternatively, if you are going to do less than 3 scrambles it would be cheaper to purchase a Day AMCA licence. This can be done by circling "Yes" next to "Do you need a day AMCA licence?" when sending your entry form to the race secretary (more about entry forms below).
Why do I need an AMCA license?
The Pre-65 Motocross Club is affiliated with the AMCA and race meetings are run in-line with AMCA regulations. As part of your AMCA license, you will be provided with insurance. You will not be allowed to race without an AMCA race license, you must have an annual AMCA licence or a day licence.
I've got my Pre-65 Motocross Club membership and AMCA race license. How do I enter for a race meeting?
To enter a race meeting you will need to complete an entry form and send it along with a cheque and SAE to the race meeting secretary. To do this, download the Regs & Entry Form from the race calendar page (PDF regulations) for the scramble you wish to enter. You will then need to send your completed entry form, along with an SAE and cheque payable to "Pre-65 Motocross Club Ltd", to the address of the secretary supplied on the regs form.
You will find Entry and AMCA Day Licence prices are on the regs form. If you need an AMCA day licence, please ensure you clearly indicate this on the entry form, as AMCA day licences cannot be purchased on the day of the scramble - no AMCA licence (whether day or annual), no ride.
The entry form should be sent to the meeting secretary ideally two to four weeks before the date of the scramble. If the secretary does not receive this form at least 10 days before the date of the meeting, you will be classed as a late entry and refused entry to that meeting. This rule is strictly enforced.
What do you mean by "Regs"?
"Regs" is the term used to describe the document that contains all the relevant information about a given race meeting, which includes the date and start times of the event, the Secretary's address, Clerk of the Course name, directions to the circuit and grid reference, entry prices and much more. You keep this document for your records.
Will I receive confirmation from the race meeting secretary indicating they have received my entry form?
If you include a self-addressed envelope with your application then an acceptance slip will be sent to you before the race meeting. This will confirm you have been entered for the race meeting. it will also tell you what 'class(es)' you are entered in and your racing number. Usually a list of riders is available between the event closing date and the race meeting on the Calender page on this website.
What if I don't want to race, can I still get involved?
Yes! There are many different ways that a non-rider can participate in Pre65 Motocross. The club also offers discounted membership rates for non-riding members.
One of the most common ways to get involved and close to the action with Pre-65 Motocross as a non-rider is to come and marshall at one of our events. Anyone over the age of 18 is able to help out (due to insurance restrictions) and marshalls will be fully trained before each meeting and will receive a safety briefing from our Chief Marshall at the beginning of the day. Marshalls are also give a contribution towards their expenses as well as a lunch voucher. if your interested please contact one of the Club Officals at any race meeting. Look for people in coloured bibs.
Other ways of helping on the day
There are a number of other ways that you could help out on the day of an event. For Championship events, lap-scorers are required to keep track of the positions of the riders at the end of each lap and of course to determine the final race result. Each event also needs a minium of two AMCA Stewards and a Clerk of the Course to help run the meeting, and the club is always happy to receive willing volunteers for these roles. A days training is required at the AMCA headquarters in Cannock, Staffordshire.
What about pre-event tasks?
Planning for each event starts a long way before the actual event date, with the secretary of the meeting carrying out a number of tasks to help ensure everything is in place for the big day. This is another area where the club would be happy to help train and support any new volunteers
For more details on any of the above, please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.