The ACU is the internationally recognised national governing body for motorcycle sport in the British Isles (less Northern Ireland). Formed in 1903, the ACU has a long
tradition in the world of motorcycle sport being a founder member of the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). The ACU has a major role
in furthering the interests of motorcycle sport on a global basis. The ACU represents 23,000 licence holders, 3,000 volunteer marshals and officials, 550 members clubs,
divided into 20 centres and issues up to 4,000 motorcycle sport permits each year.
In May 2006, the Chairman at the time - Jim Parker presented proposals to the ACU Ltd Board of Directors to create a wholly owned subsidiary company called ACU Events Ltd to act as the commercial arm of the company.