Nifty Fifty Endurance
Charity Moped & Scooter Endurance Events
Regulations for 2018 v3
THE AIM OF THE EVENT
An endurance event whereby teams of up to 4 riders take it in turns to ride a machine for 5hrs around a specially prepared off-road track.
Each team entering is asked to help raise funds for their own favourite charitable organisations and will be responsible for donating any funds raised directly to them.
Small fun trophies will be awarded as follows;
1st, 2nd, and 3rd – the teams who have completed the most laps in CLASS 1 1st, 2nd, and 3rd – the teams who have completed the most laps in CLASS 2 1st, 2nd, and 3rd – to the teams who have completed the most laps in CLASS 3
1st – to the teams who have completed the most laps in CLASS 4 (This is subject to change should the number of entries prove popular).
Best Endeavours – to the team who through all adversities tried the hardest to complete laps (judged by other teams).
Fancy Dress – to the team judged to be wearing the best fancy dress costumes (judged by track staff). Also, the team who are awarded this trophy will have a bonus of 5 championship points awarded.
Open to registered competitors who hold a MCFederation Annual Competition Licence, Non registered riders may take out a MCFederation One Event Licence at the event. (The fee for the One Event Licence is included in your entry fee).
Class 1 – 50cc two or four stroke mopeds or scooters with a fully automatic clutch and gearbox.
Class 2 – 50cc four stroke mopeds or scooters with manual or semi-automatic gears or up to 90cc four stroke mopeds or scooters with manual or semi-automatic gears.
Class 3 – 50cc two stroke mopeds with manual gears.
Class 4 – (This is a provisional class). Fully automatic 100cc two stroke and up to 125cc four stroke or, semi-automatic up to 90cc four stroke (Honda C90 etc).
CHOICE OF MACHINE (Solo Machines)
The machine can only be a model which would have been originally sold for the road here in the
U.K. – strictly no pit bike or mini bikes (including converted motocross machines). If you are in doubt about the validity of your machine, please contact the event organisers via the contact page on the website prior to submitting your entry giving full details of your machine.
Exhausts must be of a road legal fitment and from a machine originally intended to be sold for the road.
Off road pattern tyres permitted
All glass must be removed from the machine including plastic light lenses. Both front and rear brakes must be in good working order.
The machine must be fitted with a kill switch if there is no ignition key.
The machine must be fitted with a fuel tap which is accessible in case of an emergency unless it utilises an electronic fuel injection system.
No machines can be replaced by a spare machine once the event is underway.
Modifications are acceptable if the parts used are from road based machines, and which are up to the capacity of the class of machine that you are entering. e.g. if you are using a 90cc machine you can only use parts from other machines which are models that were up to 90cc’s, and which were once machines that would have been sold in a UK showroom for the road. Replacement pattern parts are acceptable as long as they would have been sold openly for road purposes.
Modifications to the frame to strengthen it are allowed
Any attachments to the machines such as top-boxes etc. must be properly secured. If items come lose then you will be black-flagged and only allowed to continue when the machine has been deemed safe.
CHOICE OF MACHINE (Sidecar Outfits)
In addition to the above – the regulations for sidecar outfits call for these extra conditions;
The Machine, (all ex-road legal)
Fully automatic – 100cc two stroke and up to 125cc four strokes or, Semi-automatic – 90cc 4 stroke (Honda C90 etc.).
Original machine construction would have allowed for it to carry a passenger. A lanyard must be worn by the driver to cut the ignition in the event of being dismounted from the machine. (Max length 1.5 metres if stretched).
The Sidecar must be fixed to the motorcycle on the left hand side of the machine in at least three points, if it is not an integral part of the chassis. The fixing points must not allow movement at the joints. A structure of crossed belts or a metallic grid must be fitted to fill the opening between the wheels and the sidecar, to prevent the rider’s foot from accidentally touching the ground.
One driving wheel.
The 3rd wheel is to be enclosed (to protect the passenger and other competitors) and may be un-braked.
Handrails and grab points to be fitted to enable the passenger to be able to hold on safely.
The distance between the tracks left by the centre lines of the rear motorcycle wheel and the Sidecar wheel must be at least: 800 mm and not more than 1150 mm.
The integrity of the sidecar and the operation of the lanyard will be check upon signing on at each event.
Registration to enter each event will be £110.00 per team. Max 4 riders per team
A team Captain must be nominated for contact purposes.
Replacement riders are not permitted once the event is underway.
Any medical issues must be reported in advance of the day to event organisers
Registered teams will be guaranteed an entry to each event if the team entry form is received along with the entry fee via the registration page found on the website – www.niftyfiftyendurance.com
Team members must have reached the age of 14 by the date of the event. Proof of age may be requested by the organisers or appointed representatives.
In the event that the event has to be postponed, the organisers will arrange a new date at no further cost to entrants. If a team wishes to withdraw from the new date then the entry fee will be returned minus any PayPal charges if incurred by the organisers.
Refunds are discretionary. Refunds of entry fees will only be approved after one calendar month prior to the event if proof is provided by a medical note from a doctor or hospital.
Transponders may be made available at each event for a refundable deposit of £40.00. The deposit is paid during the signing on process on the morning of the event. If the transponder is not returned at the end of the event then the deposit is forfeited. Any lost transponder will be the responsibility of the team captain to replace. If transponders are available, all teams will be required to use them and pay the refundable deposit.
If transponders are not in use then lap-scoring will be carried out by appointed officials.
Crash helmets can be open or full faced, and be road or race approved.
Eye protection must be worn; goggles, visor or approved safety glasses are suitable. (See appendix).
Boots must be worn and they must be MX style or motorcycle boots for the road (not work/rigger boots) – no unprotected ankles.
Long sleeved shirts and trousers (no t-shirts or shorts)
If fancy dress clothing is worn then riders must ensure that it is not in danger of fouling any moving part of the machine and it must fully cover their arms, legs and torso. These items must not be able to come into contact with any hot part of a machine such as the exhaust or engine.
It is the responsibility of each team (or parent/guardian/person with parental responsibility) to ensure that their machine in is good condition, complies with the events technical specifications and is fit for the purpose that it is intended to be used. Competitors are responsible for and must ensure that they wear appropriate protective clothing as per the event’s regulations.
ENGINE CAPACITY CONTROL
The organisers will carry out random machine control checks throughout each event. Any team refusing to have their machine checked or found to have illegal parts will be immediately disqualified from the event and forfeit any points that they have gained towards the Championship. Any person wishing to protest against another competitor’s machine must do so in writing in the normal way and accompany the protest with an additional fee of £150 against 2 Stroke machines and £250 against 4 Stroke machines. (All fees to be paid in cash)
For the any championship event, fuel will be permitted to the following specifications. Density 720 – 780 kg/m3
RON Max 102
MON Max 90
RVP Max 90 kPa
Oxygen Content Max 2,7 Mass%
Lead Content Max 5 mg/L
Benzene Content Max 1 Vol
Aromatic Content Max 35 Vol%
CONTROL OF EXHAUST SOUND LEVEL
The organisers may conduct random sound control tests as well as tests on machines deemed to be excessively loud by the Clerk of the Course. Any team whose machine fails the sound test will have to reduce the noise level before they can continue in the event. The Clerk of the Course’s decision is final and is not subject to appeal.
Any team that refuses to stop when indicated to do so for two consecutive laps will be blacked flagged from the event by an appointed official. In such instances no sound control shall be conducted. The team will not be awarded any points from final positions from that event.
All machines may be subjected to noise testing prior to the start and whilst the event is underway. If a machine is deemed to be too noisy, repairs can be made to reduce the noise before the machine can restart the event. The restart is subject to the approval of the event organisers, the Clerk of the Course or track staff.
It is the competitors’ responsibility that their machines number plates comply with the following regulations and that their numbers are clearly legible. Riders who’s numbers do not comply may not be classified in the results and if lap-scorers are used, laps may go uncounted.
Front numbers must nominally be 140mm in height with a stroke width of 25mm. Side numbers must nominally be 100mm in height with a stroke width of 20mm.
Class 1 machines will be allocated numbers beginning with ‘1’ and class 2 machines will be allocated numbers beginning with a ‘2’. Class 3 machines will be allocated numbers beginning with a ‘3’.
Teams entering further events can request that they keep their numbers throughout. This will be granted if practicable.
If time permits, practice will start at 10.00 am and run until 10.30. During this time all team members have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the track layout. Any team member who does not practice must walk the track to ensure they are familiar with the layout. This can be done prior to 10.00am or between 10.30am and 10.45. The organisers will announce whether practice will take place during the signing on session, on the day of the event.
The event schedule may vary for each event and will be issued at signing on. The general running order will follow the following pattern.
Signing on from 08.00 am to 09.15 am (Entrants who arrive late may be refused signing on at the track)
Rider briefing at 09.30 am – mandatory for all riders
Free practice from 10.00 am to 10.30 am.
Track event starts 11.00 am, finish time 4.00 pm.
All schedules may be subject to change without prior notice.
The event starting procedure will be briefed to all teams during the riders briefing.
It may be required that Class 3 machines start first and when they have cleared the start area, the Class 2 machines may start, then Class 1. If this procedure is invoked then the Class 3 machines will be required to line up in front of Class 2 machines, in turn who are lined up in front of Class 1 machines, which then are lined up in front of Class 4 machines (sidecars).
The Chief Starter will call riders to the start as briefed during the riders briefing.
No one except the starting riders shall be permitted at the start line. Riders may groom the area behind the start line only and must not use any tools.
Riders having mechanical problems and have missed their slot to join the start line must remain in the Waiting Zone until the race has started. Riders having mechanical problems on the start gate must wait until the event has started where they can get assistance from 1 team member.
Where a ‘Le Mans’ style starting procedure is used then each team can have a team member holding on to their machine whilst the starting rider will be lined up and they will then run to their machine when indicated to do so.The machine will have the engine turned off and the starting rider will have to start their machine before proceeding.
This will be done on Class by Class basis and the full procedure will be dictated during the riders briefing.
False starts will be indicated by the raising of a red flag; all riders must return to the Waiting Zone and await further announcements.
RIDER CHANGES & REFUELLING
During the course of the event, each team member must complete at least one full lap of the course.
Rider changes can only take place within the designated areas as indicated during the rider’s briefing.
Re-fuelling in the designated area only Fuel to be stored in 5 litre containers only.
Each team must provide a fire extinguisher which is to be stored with their fuel can at all times.
If a machine breaks down and fails at any point on the open course, 1 team member may be permitted by track officials to assist with the recovery. The machine must be wheeled to a place of safety and preferably off of the course if possible. If the machine needs to be recovered back to the pit area then it must not be pushed along the course. Crossing the course whilst pushing a machine can only be carried out under direction of a track official or marshal when they deem it is safe to do so. Any team member entering the track to give assistance may only do so if they are wearing a yellow or orange Hi-Viz jacket or waistcoat.
STOPPING AN EVENT
An event may only be stopped by the Clerk of the Course or his nominated assistants.
If an event is stopped before 4hrs 30 minutes of the event total time, the event shall be restarted at the discretion of the Clerk of the Course. If an event is stopped after this time then the event shall be deemed to be complete. The event results shall be declared on the last full lap completed by the leading team in Class 3 prior to the showing of the red flag. The order of classification will be based upon the amount of laps completed.
Any team deemed to be the cause of the stoppage of an event will not be permitted to take part in any re-run.
MARSHALS AND EVENT DIRECTION
All directions by appointed Marshals and staff must be adhered to.
Any team not complying with a direction could be subject to disqualification. All Marshals’ flags are to be obeyed;
Yellow = Slow down and ride with caution. No overtaking Red = Stop immediately
Green Flag = Proceed.
Black Flag = Return to the pits and await further instruction. Yellow Flag with a black cross = 1 lap to go
Chequered Flag = end of the event and return to the pits.
FINISH OF AN EVENT
The one lap to go flag will be displayed as soon as the duration of the event has reached 5 hours. The leading team in Class 3 will be allowed to complete that lap before the chequered flag will be displayed. The chequered flag will be displayed as the leading team passes the finish line and will be displayed until the last machine of any team has finished. The order of classification shall be determined upon the number of laps completed during the 5 hours of the event.
Points will be awarded on the following scales: 1st 45 Points
2nd 43 Points
3rd 41 Points
4th 39 Points
5th 37 Points
6th 35 Points
7th 34 Points
8th 33 Points
9th 32 Points
10th 31 Points
All lower places will decrease by 1 point per place
Results will be issued following the end of each event and will be deemed provisional until any protest and appeal times have elapsed.
All teams are requested to gather at the direction of the Event Organisers whereby the final results will be made known and the trophy presentations will take place.
The following are required to attend the presentations as stated: The first three teams overall from each class.
The team which has been awarded the ‘Best Endeavors’ trophy The team which has been awarded the ‘Best Fancy Dressed’ trophy.
“Best Fancy Dress” – Awarded by the track officials and staff to the team who they believe have the best fancy dress costume. This team will be awarded a bonus 5 championship points.
“Best Endeavours” – A straw poll will be conducted by track officials and staff amongst all the competing teams and the trophy will be awarded to the team who the majority believes have tried the hardest to complete the event.
Ties in the overall results for an event will be determined in favour of the team gaining the highest amount of laps completed. In the event of any tie then the place will be awarded to the team which completed the shortest amount of time to cover those laps.
Ties in the Championships will be determined in favour of the team scoring the greatest number of first places, then the team gaining the greatest number of second places and so on. Should this not resolve a tie then the Championship will be determined in favour of the team achieving the fastest lap in the final event of the series.
OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE, COURSE CUTTING
Any outside assistance on the course is forbidden unless it is carried out by a marshal appointed by the organiser to carry out their duty in the interest of safety. Any outside assistance deemed in breach of this rule may lead to the team being disqualified or receive a time penalty.
If a rider leaves the course they must regain it in a safe manner and without having gained any advantage.
The Clerk of the Course may disqualify any team or who, in their opinion, is guilty of unfair, foul or dangerous riding or behaving in such a way which would be likely to bring the sport, MCFederation or the organisers in to disrepute.
It is the responsibility of team captains to ensure that their team complies. This applies to all areas within the venue.
Parents to ensure that their children are supervised at all times, and remain within permitted areas and conduct themselves in an orderly fashion.
Riding of machines in the paddock is strictly prohibited; machines must be pushed with dead engines. Teams only will be allowed to ride their machines if designated lanes or areas are provided. In this case the machines must not exceed first gear idle and helmets must be worn. At no time and under no circumstances may a passenger be carried. Riders will be issued with one written warning for breaking this rule; a subsequent breach will result in disqualification from the event.
If a mechanics work area is provided, this is the only area in which machines can be adjusted or have light repairs carried out during an event. Any other repairs needing to be carried out must be back at your parking area.
The work area will be clearly defined and you will be informed where it is during the riders briefing.
The area is prohibited to all persons (Other than competitors competing in the live session) and animals.
ACCOMMODATION AT THE TRACK
Overnight camping is allowed on Friday nights only. It is free for the entered team’s
members. If you have others that would wish to stay over and camp with you then there is a further charge of £5.00 per person (accompanied under 16’s are free). This charge is payable by cash on each day during the signing on and a wristband will be issued to show that you have paid to stay.
No arrivals before 4pm on the Friday night unless by prior arrangement.
Please indicate on the registration form how many campers you expect to stay over including yourself and your team. Note: there are toilet facilities on site but no showers.
PRESS AND MEDIA
It is forbidden to use any photographic footage, either moving pictures or stills for profit without the express permission of the organisers of these events. You will be required to make yourself known to the organisers where upon you will be asked to complete a Press/Media signing on form. You will be required to observe and obey all instructions given by the organisers. You will be required to have your own Public Liability Insurance to a level of at least £2 million pounds.
THE USE OF UNMANNED SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT AND DRONES
Whether for profit or otherwise, the use of such devices is not permitted without the express permission of the organisers of these events. If you wish to use one then you will be required to complete a Press/Media signing on form. You will be required to have your own Public Liability Insurance to a level of at least £2 million pounds. You will be fully aware of the Civil Aviation Authority articles 94 & 95 for the use of Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft under 20kgs. If you are using the footage for reward then you will have obtained the Civil Aviation Authorities permission to do so.
If you do not have proof of Personal Public Liability Insurance then you will need to remain in public areas and you will not be permitted to fly Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft at the event.
THE SMALL PRINT!
* Please read all of the above details carefully as your entry is conditional in that you understand
and you will comply with these rules. If you are found to be in breach of these rules on the day then you will be asked to stop riding and you may be excluded from the event. Refunds for entry will NOT be made back to any team who do not comply.
You are respectfully reminded that this event is being held on private land and you will be staying as a guest of the landowner. Team Captains are responsible for the behaviour of the members of their group and in the event of unruly behaviour, you may be asked to leave. No items are to be left on site at the end of the event. Please take your rubbish home. Please consider other attendees;
The future of this event is at risk if you do not comply.
These regulations are subject to copyright restrictions and are produced for the exclusive use by Nifty Fifty Endurance. They may not be re-produced in any way for use by any other organisation without express written permission from the Organiser or the M.C.F.