How the best way to get sponsor's for racing ?

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How the best way to get sponsor's for racing ?

How should i approach , say a firm or individuals to gain
some sponsorship to race at a higher level ?

This is a serious request . ta

Pay me a commision and I'll do it for yer

win lots of races and get noticed?

are you any good?

duffmuck wrote

are you any good?

2000 was my 1st full season on a 10 year old RGV ,I had 2 race wins and a 2nd at Oulton park in the F400 ACU star championship , plus a top 5 finish inevery race i finished , I'm going for 1 more year on the RGV , then i want a 250 GP class (Honda RS 250)bike for 2002 , but this involves more money than i can muster alone,but don't want to waste time doing the RGV thing , though i love the RGVit won't last forever (the bike not me) , so i'm thinking ahead for next year.

As someone just said, win races and get noticed.Another fairly good bet might be the firm that you work for, any fairly large local business to yourself, or your local Bike shop, if you have a good relationship with them they might well want to help you, it all depends whether your looking for hard cash or products !!!!

must be pretty good, how old are you?i agree with TKDG but the important bit is LOCAL. you wont have much luck with national bike firms cause they are already at it, what ya need is a local firm, you'd be amazed how many firms put money into local things, you just have to find one.you want to get yerself in ya local media, i can get a list of every publication in your area if yo tell me where you live, if ya can get yer name in there now, it can pay dividens in a year or two when your looking for more sponsorship. i can write releases for you after every meeting and get them to all your local media for monday morning, but at a price.ill give the list for nowt and you can do it yerself that way it wont cost ya a bean.

Thanks Duffmuck , I live in Winsford ,Cheshire,Money is God in racing cos it determines just about everything you can do,I.E tyre's engine parts , entry fee's it all add's up even travelling 500 miles in one weekend is a expensive do.I'll definately try the local area' firms 1st , suppose i'll need some sort of racing C.V to send out .Thank's folk's Ill be testin the bike at Aintree on 9th May (Wed) , if anyone's in thearea call in.Silver RGV 250 , that's me !

how about every one on VD gives a donation say 3 pounds aweek and have it in VD LOGO THAT WAY WE CAN ALL SAY WE ARE INVOLED IN SOME WAY AND VD WILL GET MORE NOTICE AND MORE BACKERS AND IF VD STARTS TO ADVERTISE ITS GOOD NEWS ALL ROUND AND MAYBE ANY ONE ADVERTISING ON VD MAY PUT A LITTLE YOUR WAY EVERY BIT HELPS COME ON LADS :smoke: :smoke: :smoke:

<sniff , sniff> Well thats really generous of you to mention it m8 , thanks.

thats a good idea but i think what would be better would be to get everyone on this site to put markos beautifully prepared CV on their bosses/marketing departments desk.something like 60% if sponsorship in the bsb last year was fron I T and communications related firms, alot of people on here are mixed loosly around those industrys, so what better in than people who you kind of know.i started racing as a novice three years ago, in my first couple of years i got 25k in sponsorship, all through people i know. ok i admit i have some wealthy mates but they didnt offer it i had to get it out of them, i tried hundreds of companies and got nothing from any of them.Marko how old are you?

I' m 32 m8 , don't think it's a problem do you ?Blimey , Duffmuck how'd yer get that much money , are you into blackmailor summat ?Seriously though how did you do it i'm really keen to find out .Are you racing now ?When are you out next ?

flippin ell m8, no spring chicken thenit was flipping hard to get the money, i arse licked everyone i met for a year, then get yer richest mate just to bung ya 500 quid, then when his mates hear that he sponsors a bike racer they think "thats cool, that would make me look cool too" then they bung ya a grand and get their dads company to put in ten grand , you need to be nice to everybody and win races and look destitute(get the sympathy vote). basically if give people have a good time when they come to watch ya you'll soon have people talking about ya. if people like you they will want to help, there isnt a rider in pro racing that didn't have any help.i had a crash practising at cadwell, throttle jammed at a bad timeno more racing for me

also raced fairly successfully in ss400 on fully kitted RGVmanaged to get contract with mich tyres,silcoline and a few more send me a p.m. and i,ll give u some usefull numbers.....u,ll need a proper cv to get your foot in the door

if marko can get a copy of his cv to me i can pass it on to a couple of my mates in london. both directors of their own companies and both heavily into bikes, can't promise but they might go for a bit of sponsoring,

ya go

Thank you to everyone who responded ,i'll get a C.V type thing together and i'll let you know when it's ready.Once again thanks to you all.

marko wrote

2000 was my 1st full season on a 10 year old RGV ,I had 2 race wins and a 2nd at Oulton park in the F400 ACU star championship , plus a top 5 finish inevery race i finished , I'm going for 1 more year on the RGV , then i want a 250 GP class (Honda RS 250)bike for 2002 , but this involves more money than i can muster alone...

OK, realistically, 'up a level' means MRO. In this series people are spending £20K on purchasing the bike alone. You then have to feed it slicks £200 - £260 a set depending on Michelin or Dunlop. Last time I looked fuel was about £12 a litre unless you get a pre 96 model and run on avgas in which case top ten finishes are out of the question but it only costs 75p a litre.If you want my advice then do a one make series like the Aprilia Cup or if you are barking mad then the Aprilia Mille Cup. You can get an Aprilia RS250 for about £4k inc vat, the tyres are subsidised and you are in the same boat as everyone else machine wise so your ability will show, rather than your wallet. Also, your experience with the RGV will not be wasted.As far as sponsorship goes, go for lots of little amounts. Sorry, but at 32 and with only one years experience you won't be seen as an investment for the future even if your results have been good, so unless you go for a complete mug of a director who knows nothing about racing but owns a 996, you probably won't get it. I think the idea about getting VD or at least your friends to contribute a couple of quid is a good one. To them its one pint of beer a week but if the are 20 people then it will make a difference to you.When you do speak to somebody expect the question "What will I get out of it?". Don't promise them the earth and be realistic. To be brutally honest, they aren't going to get any real benefit in terms of advertising but, and this is the important bit, they will get a bloody great day out if you're doing well. If they bring along their friends or customers then all the better as you can chat them up too. Aim for hospitality services rather than advertising and marketing. At the MRO, you also get to share the paddock with some big trucks and names and everything looks so more professional. They'll feel like they are at a real event rather than a glorified club race.Be professional at all times, don't try look poor or destitute. Do as much as poss with the resources you have even if its just cleaning the van and arranging your paddock area to be efficient and clean. Remember, money brings money (even if you don't actually have any). CLEAN YOUR BIKE, every time you go out. It really does make a difference and it tells people you care about your image, and ultimately theirs.Sorry if this sounds a bit negative but I've been racing for years now and I've had so many promises and heard so much bullshit from ego mad directors who like to promise but fail to deliver. I'm rather cynical with regards to it nowadays.Give the prila cup a serious thought though, but expect to be surprised with some of the lap times from the front. It won't be easy but it is a 'National' championship and has been the starting point for quite a few national racers. I'll sort out a contact number at Aprilia UK if you're intested.Best of luck...RHD

yep agree with u on all your points.......apprilia RS250gotta be the way 2 go,at 32 your never gonna winWSB ect,just look at it this way.....aim 2 get as muchproduct support and small donations by local enthusiasts as possible....at the end of the day,any helpnomatter how small WILL HELP U with your ADICTIONracing becomes just that...petrolheads version of Crackcocaine!!!!!that fix at the weekend...u just gotta have itI'VE been there.....Question: DO u buy some spankin new Dunlop 207 gps4 the meeting at the weekend or pay the morgage ???Answer : FUCK THE MORGAGE GO RACIN

"Marko", keep us all posted as to your progress both with the sponsorship and with your racing. If you ever race and brands give us a shout, can allways do with an excuse to escape to a meeting !!!!!!!

I have been sponsored for a couple of races, went down to the city in my nicest suit got everyone at my dads company to cough up a few quid, in the end cause it was payday I got about 1600 mind you to them that was one hour of scratching their arse, lucky me. I got an nsr race tuned but binned it and eventually gave up cause all the little bastards would shoot past me on the straights the bends pretty much every where

Thanks for being brutally honest RHD , I've already been to the stage of promises by some people , Never really thought about the Rs 250 challenge , get the contact no' if you can thanks.I realise that to run a 250 GP bike is going to take buckets of money.Trouble is i've riden strokers for that long now , that i don't thinki could ride a 4 stroke as quick as the 250.the size and engine brakingwould take some getting use to .I know i'm not going to World Championship level , but i want to go as far as i canjust to see what i can do and i also want to ride the best curcuit's in the country , just to give my best shot really .Once again thanks to everybody for their input , if there's anything you could think ofthat's been missed just put it up here.I'll take all that i can , onboard and we'll se how it goes from here.I'll keep you all posted.

send us ya address and ill get all ya press info.

When asking for sponsorship turn it round so that the company is buying a product off you...contact the local paper and ask if you can write a commentary on yr progress throughout the yr referring to yr sponsor as the main guy behind yr success....You don't want them to think they give you money for you to enjoy yrself.....which is what happens really! But at least they get a good invloved advert out of it!Fookin expensive game this racing...Marko..U at Donington this Monday..if so I'll look out for u...I'm black TL No.38

hope line 2 was'nt aimed at me.....phone me on the the number i mailed u and the numbers will be forthcoming........as i said its not just a case of phoning up and saying give me your moneyRe aprillia RS250.....go towww.nickchadwick.co.uk.....everything u need 2 no istherelook at the way he projects himself and his racinaim to do it like this and if your any good the sponsorship will come.

kevan wrote

hope line 2 was'nt aimed at me.....No that wasn't aimed at you m8 , it what RHD was saying .I'll ring you Kev when i get 1/2 hr , been dong 12 hour days recentwhen things calm down , probs Friday i'll give u a bell . cheers.phone me on the the number i mailed u and the numbers will be forthcoming........as i said its not just a case of phoning up and saying give me your moneyRe aprillia RS250.....go towww.nickchadwick.co.uk.....everything u need 2 no istherelook at the way he projects himself and his racinaim to do it like this and if your any good the sponsorship will come.

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