Dave Clucas @ClooksIOM has suggested the idea of us all chipping in to sponsor a rider at the TT. His suggestion is roughly that 1000 of us race fans chip in say a fiver each.
I think it is a great idea but would obviously need some coordination. Rider? Treasurer? Account? etc etc.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. I would put the effort in but it would take a squad of us to publicise it enough to get plenty of support.
Please feel free to comment below. Thanks
Interested to know what we could provide a rider with say £5000?
So far the following have made pledges, thanks.
@runwaychris @callumitfc @clooksiom @lozzerlou @millarwalt1198 @fitzjnr @r2aud @orinocho @ecrummy @paddyplumb @bluebullitt @amadeus_iom and Nathan Cooke. We also have a volunteer who can assist with banking matters in IOM.
Thats 13 at the moment. Let me know if I have missed anyone out. Even at £50 a pop we still have a way to go. Lets push the boat out and try our best to get some more pledges and then make a move on a rider/ sidecar team. Cheers.
I have requested details from 3 riders since Christmas and have today received a response from Crumlin rider Stephen Thompson, which I have attached. Please have a read and let me know your thoughts.
I have also asked Stephen a few questions (see below), the answers to which I will post as soon as I get them. Thanks to @weebuns Margaret for help and support.
How would £1000 be used to help your 2012 season, especially to IOM TT?
How would £2000 be used to help your 2012 season, especially the IOM TT?
Ideally, when do you need to receive sponsorship funds?
What endorsement would we as a sponsor receive – sticker size etc for the above amounts?
Would you be happy for us to produce sponsor T shirts, which may also generate extra funds, especially if we mention T shirt printer on the garment?
If we want to give this ago we all need to raise our game a little and get some more friends, enemies, family, collegues, twitterers etc on board. I look forward to reading your comments. Thanks.
I received a reply from Stephen which you will find below. My views are that we should pull the finger out and agree to at least set up an account, appoint a treasurer and secretary, affirm Stephen as our nominated rider, set ourselves a realistic target and most of all promote the plans rigourously. Please add you comments below so that we call see where we are going. Thanks folks.
Thank you for your email. As you know any money and help from people is always appreciated.
THe amount of £1000 would help with traveling costs to the Island and also fuel costs as this year I am aiming to compete in four races.
The amount of £2000 would help with my tyre bill, last years tyre bill for the TT alone was £2500. THe bike always needs chains, oil changes for engine forks with the mileage that is done at the TT.
My season will be starting off in March with a few short circuits then the North West 200 and then onto the TT, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau along with other shorts circuits in between. I am currently preparing the bikes for the forthcoming season ahead. Regarding when i would need the funds if they would be avaliable at then end of April begining of May.
The size of a sticker on the bike for £1000 sponsorship would be 20cm by 4cm, for £2000 30cm by 5cm also a patch on my leathers for both amounts.
As for TShirts, coats, hoodies etc I don’t really mind. It would be good if you choose too as this would show more support to the team and raise the profile.
Cheers again hope this helps you understand my racing and costs at the TT.
Hope you have all had time to read Stephens sponsor brief and letter reply. I am keen to push on and maybe start some more ball rolling. I have currently heard from 14 good folk who are prepared to climb aboard. I am now going to propose that we sponsor Stephen the sum of £1000, (£50pp) which means we need a few more pledges. If you are in agreement with this please comment on here as soon as possible.
I also need a treasurer (Laura?), to arrange a free account- maybe even paypal which will be easy for folk to pay in to………
A Marketing Manager……Clooks? Merchandise, logo etc…
I am happy to act as secretary, dish washer, fixer and to post updates on here.
Looking forward to hearing your views.
I have now received sponsor pack from Hungarian rider Sandor Bitter and link to this is below
Please feel free to have a read and let me know your thoughts.
I havent had any responses to my previous proposal to sponsor Stephen Thompson, with a £1000 target, so I presume that you are not keen. I will only move this forward if I get support in the way of positive agreement to this proposal or indeed a different proposal. I am afraid that if I push things forward without genuine agreement or support I could fall on my face. I am also satisfied that without the support I will postpone arrangements for another time. Thanks a million and I look forward to hearing from you. Chris