What is VIMX?
For many years the 3 long-standing clubs on the Island, Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Campbell River Motocross Associations worked together informally to coordinate the Island Series schedule and racing. Over the past few years there were attempts to establish an Island-level organization to help better coordinate motocross activities on the Island. In 2009 the Vancouver Island Motocross Association was initially formed and provided some collaboration including series scheduling and representation on the BC Motocross Association (BCMA), the BC regional body recognized by CMRC. In early 2010 the association was formally structured and registered as a BC Non-profit Society under the name Vancouver Island Motocross Association with the acronym VIMX. Around the same time VIMX attempted to work with BCMA to function as a self-managed sub-region in BC under BCMA but was unsuccessful. VIMX then proposed to CMRC to recognize Vancouver Island as a separate region with VIMX as the regional organizing body along-side BCMA in BC. CMRC agreed and since then VIMX is the regional organizing body for motocross and CMRC region on Vancouver Island. Simply speaking VIMX is a collaboration of the clubs that are represented for the purpose of organizing, promoting and coordinating Island motocross and related events.
VIMX’s mission is: "To coordinate and promote recreational and competitive off road motorsports. To represent all CMRC sanctioned motocross clubs on Vancouver Island and bring unity to all VIMX series and events."
The VIMX Board changes annually and consists of an elected President and a voting Director designated from each of the Island clubs represented. The Director from each club is generally a member of their respective club Executive. In order to adhere to the requirements for a BC Non-profit Society, VIMX Directors also assume one of the following society roles: Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Elected Director. Democratically, each VIMX club has an equal vote on the Board through their designated Director. A club Director may delegate their vote to an alternate club representative if they are unavailable. VIMX Board members assume other roles including CMRC Representative, BCMA Representative, Promotions Coordinator, Sponsor Coordinator, Banquet Coordinator and Nationals Coordinator.
VIMX member clubs include Nanaimo Motocross Association, Alberni Motocross Association and TriPort Motorbike and ATV Club. Westshore MX and Campbell River Motocross Association declined to work with VIMX or participate in the Island race series.
What is CMRC?
The Canadian Motorsports Racing Corporation (CMRC) is the only National sanctioning body for Amateur and Professional motocross in the Canada and CMRC is the largest Canadian sanctioning body with races from coast to coast, providing a conduit for Canada’s top racers to compete throughout the country. CMRC supports and sanctions racing in 12 regions across Canada including VIMX, BCMA, Alberta Dirt Riders Association, Manitoba Motocross Association, Saskatchewan Motorsport Association and similar organizations in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions. This represents Motocross, Enduro, Cross County, Supermoto, ATV and Ice racing with close to 400 events annually.
CMRC was officially formed in 1994 as a marketing based organization to respond to the rising popularity and potential growth of motocross racing in Canada. The founders saw a void in areas of the promotion of the sport and creating exposure of the sport to the general masses. CMRC, in co-operation with other partners also facilitates and executes the business and complexities of professional motorcycle racing. The vision for CMRC is to be the premier provider of motorcycle racing content in Canada, providing a fair and stable environment for competitors, and managing the commercial development of the sport in a manner that continuously improves the economic environment for all involved.
The CMRC National office is located in Stouffville, Ontario, with a full-time staff of four managing dozens of part-time race officials and volunteer personnel across the country.
CMRC organizes its official racing entities, writes and enforces the rules of competition and determines class structures for racing. It also secures sponsorships, negotiates the Commercial General, Spectator/Participant Legal Liability and Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance packages, Premises Liability packages and Directors and Officers Insurance. CMRC explores new markets for racing and plans for the long-term success of the sport by attracting more fans and sponsors.
In addition to series racing, CMRC sanctions the following Canadian Championships:
- Amateur National Qualifier Series (Qualifier Series for Trans Can held in Walton, ON)
- Monster Energy Canadian Motocross Championships
- Canadian Dirt Track Championships
- Western Amateur National Championships
- Eastern Amateur National Championships
- Canadian ATV National Championships
- Canadian Grand National Amateur Motocross Championships
- WEC-CMRC Cross Country Championships
- Montreal Supercross
CMRC Regional sanctioning and membership benefits include:
- Insurance: Working with the premier provider of sanctioned organizations Chartis Canada and BFL Canada provide the necessary tools and insurance programs for all CMRC activities. This includes D&O, facility and event liability insurance to clubs and AD&D insurance to riders. If required, liability legal support is also provided to regions.
- National Website: www.cmrcracing.com is the only website in the world that offers Amateurs and Pros the ability to check their weekly results from any region in the country. Track information, news updates and schedules offer racers all the information they need to have a successful season. Members can renew their license fees online as well as update all their personal information.
- MX Performance Magazine Subcription: The largest full colour, glossy magazine in Canada is sent to every rider of CMRC as part of their full license.
- Regional Management: Official liaison between riders, clubs and CMRC officials and offices. Regional structures provide guidance for questions, rules and regulations as well as assist in the execution of sponsorship programs. All of these help formulate a polished and well organized racing scene from coast to coast.
- Regional Rebate: $40 from each CMRC license is returned to each respective region to aid in the cost of infrastructure, prizing, trophies, events, etc.
- Networking and Guidance: CMRC is planning a National regional managers meeting in Toronto for regions to come to learn, network, share experiences and get new ideas to grow their sport.
- Amateur National Qualifiers: Every sanctioned region receives a guaranteed allotment of gate positions for the ECAN (Eastern Canadian Amateur National), WCAN (Western Canadian Amateur National), and Trans Can Grand National Championship in Walton, Ontario. Amateur National Qualifiers are staged in each respective region.
- RaceTrac Program: Developed over years, this piece of software allows Regional Managers to instantly upload results to www.cmrcracing.com and download current rider data bases. Simple to install and functional, it has brought consistency and cohesiveness to the country.
- Access to National Motorcycle Industry (MCC and MMIC): As a working member and only motocross sanctioning association within the MCC, the CMRC has the ears and eyes of the industry for the future of the sport. Regular communication with all members of MMIC is routine.
- Rules and Guidelines: CMRC Rulebook is developed to create and maintain fair competition and race consistency across Canada.
- Manufacturer Contingency: Manufacturer contingency is exclusively granted to CMRC sanctioned motocross races by all major motorcycle manufacturers at regional and national levels.
- Email Distribution List: All regions have access to CMRC’s email distribution list for the purpose of communicating instantly and directly to license holders in each respective region.
- SureRide Bike Theft Insurance: Only CMRC license holders have access to discounted theft replacement insurance to cover unlicensed off-road motorcycles. Exclusive to CMRC license holders only.
As a CMRC sanctioned Region, VIMX supports CMRC’s goals of organizing and promoting motocross in Canada. VIMX and its represented clubs receive all the above benefits and agree to:
- Insurance and sanctioning for all off-road activity (wheel to wheel competition such as motocross, hare scramble and cross country events and all practices) at VIMX tracks is placed through CMRC.
- Promotion, advertising or communication (flyers, website, posters, PA announcements, etc.) of any events from a competing sanctioning body is not permitted at any time at VIMX tracks.
- Distribution of all race day material to clubs and promoters. (CMRC license apps, race day entry forms, waivers, etc.).
- Provide all prizing and awards for events and at an end of year banquet.
- Provide all event related fees within their region such as advertising.
- Provide regular communication and updates on all schedules and schedule changes to CMRC for email distribution and website.
- Utilize the CMRC website and the specific section for all VIMX events scheduled in 2011 and news section.
- Provide maintenance of race results on the RaceTrac program.