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ATDO officially came into existence on the 3rd February 1999 when representatives of 30 organisations involved with track days voted at Silverstone to form themselves into the Association of Track Day Organisers. The association’s members include both motorcycle and car track day organisers, as well as motor racing circuit owners, and others involved in the track day scene. Calum Lockie of the Gold Track Driving Club was voted in as Chairman, and Geoffrey Sturgess of Motorcycle Folly was voted in as Vice Chairman, thus creating a balance of interest between bikes and cars.

Track days are a growing part of the leisure industry, and ATDO members allow those people with powerful road-going machinery to use it in a controlled (and therefore safer) environment, which is free of traffic regulations, speed cameras, pedestrians, trucks, etc., etc. This helps to discourage drivers from using the public roads to put their vehicles 'through their paces', and for those participants who own competition cars or bikes, ATDO members offer the opportunity for them to test their vehicles, and to gain valuable circuit knowledge, without the need to enter competitive racing.

ATDO membership offers advantages to both track day customers and organisers alike.

All ATDO members must abide by the association’s code of practice, and all that entails, and are required to operate their events in accordance with written procedure. This is obviously good for the customer because, if they book their events with ATDO members, they can be sure that minimum standards with be maintained.

The advantage for ATDO members is that they know that there is a body in existence keeping a watchful eye on the track day scene in general, and looking after the interests of the track day industry as a whole. And with an organisation to act as a focal point, members can be more confident that their voice will be heard on the important issues that have a big effect on the industry. ATDO also supports its members by acting as a sign of quality, and as a lobbying organisation, as well as offering other help such as model form documentation (e.g. indemnities) and help with insurance arrangements etc.

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