The Amateur Motor Cycle Association (AMCA) is one of the oldest off-road motorcycle governing bodies in the world. Established in 1932 in the West Midlands it has played a key role in the growth and promotion of the sport in this country. Today it has over 200 affiliated clubs that cover most of the United Kingdom with approximately half of these motocross specific and the remainder split across several other off-road sporting ‘codes’ including trials (modern & classic), scrambles, supermoto, enduro, moto-duro and beach racing.

AMCA caters for riders of all ages and abilities competing in the modern and classic versions of the sport who are well into their seventies (there’s more than you might imagine)! Each year the AMCA sanctions close to 1,000 across all disciplines. In addition it has comprehensive event infrastructure and equipment in place which it provides to its clubs as well as management, administration and financial support from its Headquarters in Cannock, Staffordshire. Having worked closely with communities for over 75 years the AMCA is well versed in the many issues associated with the sport at a local level including noise, access and insurance.

Aims & Objectives

The AMCA is an independent organisation dedicated to providing efficient management and control of off-road motorcycle sports for the benefit of riders whose primary interest is in the sport and not the reward. The AMCA does not have shareholders, any profits are ploughed back into the association to benefit it’s members. Voluntary work by the clubs in the running of events helps AMCA to keep entry and licence costs as low as possible.

AMCA Committees

  • Main Board of Directors, consists of Chairman, Vice Chairman and a number of other Directors. This Board is concerned with the setting of strategy for the AMCA’s future development and the finances of the AMCA. The main Board have meetings three or four times a year or as required. Directors are elected by the member clubs to serve three years on the Board.
  • Modern Motocross Committee. This committee generally meets 2 times a year and is concerned with the sporting side of the AMCA, but only in relation to modern motocross. The Agenda is compiled from items that come forward from motocross Groups, clubs or the AMCA office. The Modern Motocross Committee is open for all Motocross clubs to attend, one vote per club attending. The chair of the Motocross Committee is Mike Penn.
  • Classic Scrambles – Fixtures Mtg and AGM, usually held in November representatives from the Classic Clubs meet to decide on a fixture list for the following year and discuss issues affecting their discipline.
  • Motocross Championship Committe - The Motocross Championship committee consists of, Mike Penn, Malcolm Brettle, Nick Webster, Sue Cannings and Simon Lane. The Championship committee is chaired by Steve Harvey (who will only vote in the event of a tie) with Suzanne Potts acting as Secretariat.

External committees that the AMCA sit on:

  • Land Access and Recreation Association (L.A.R.A.)
  • Motorcycle Industry Association (M.C.I.A.) Off Road Group
  • Motorcycle Sport Political Strategy Group (M.P.S.)

Current AMCA Directors

Dave Morris (Chair)
Mike Penn (Vice)
Dale Moreton
Maclolm Brettle
Sue Cannings
Chris Harrison
Jonathan Williams
Craig Chamberlain
Graham Howard
Don Green (Co-opted for 2019)

AMCA Development

Since 1982 the AMCA has been acquiring suitable land for off-road motorcycle sport and now has seven sites. In total over 300 acres have been bought thanks to the efforts of the members over more than twenty years who have contributed to the Association's Development Fund.

CircuitCountyYear Purchased
Boraston Worcestershire  1982 
Shobdon  Herefordshire  1986 
Bevercotes  Nottinghamshire  1987 
Nympsfield  Gloucestershire  1991 
Upavon  Wiltshire  1997