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The Norwegian Motorsport Association has roots dating back to 1916 when the Norwegian Motorcycle Club was founded.  This is considered the formal start-up of motorcycling and NMF.


When the Norwegian Motorcycle Association from 1 January 1977 was admitted as a special association in the Norwegian Sports Confederation, it became an important milestone for motorsport. In 1994, the Norwegian Boating Association also was admitted to NIF.


In 2001, these associations in NIF merged and formed the Norwegian Motorsport Association within the Norwegian Sports Association and the Olympic and Paralympic Committee. At the same time, the Norwegian Snowmobile Association joined the new association with a significant number of snowmobile clubs. The following year, the Norwegian RC Car Association joined the association for a trial period of two years. The association was finally dissolved after the trial period and has since been a full member of the NMF.

Today, NMF is a multi-sports association and organized with four branch with a significant degree of autonomy.

NMF currently has 27,000 members and 244 affiliated clubs.

The four branch unions have 21 underlying branches.


NMF's vision

"The work of NMF will be based on a positive environmental commitment. The NMF an the motorsport shall take the lead in technology development and promote good environmental solutions in relation to e.g. fuel and noise. The association's work shall be characterized by voluntariness, democracy, loyalty and equality. All sports activity must be based on basic values such as sports enjoyment, community, health and honesty.

NMF is a member of NIF and the international organizations the federal board decides that NMF shall be a member of. NMF will be subject to the regulations and decisions in force at any given time for the organizations the association is affiliated with. NMF shall develop its own activity, organization, finances and employees so that it meets the requirements and challenges set by the members of special sports, Norwegian sports and international sports."

ACMs international connections and ambitions

The first years of road racing in Mo i Rana involved racing at South-Swedish tracks as Karlskoga, Mantorp and Anderstorp. Riders from Finland and Denmark also came there, and an increasingly large international network developed for the motorsport community in Mo i Rana. Several riders from Mo i Rana went out of the Nordic region, and already around 1990 they traveled to the South of France to participate in the 24-hour race Bol D'Or.


The international network kept getting bigger and stronger. Stone by stone, over several years trust was built towards the International Motorcycle Federation, FIM. The work was painstaking and demanding, and firmly anchored at the then Norwegian Motorcycle Association, today the Norwegian Motorsports Association. Former NMK president Tore Kittilsen and NMF federation leader Per Madsen invested a lot of time and energy in linking Norwegian road racing to the international environment, and the two worked purposefully to ensure that a new Norwegian arena with international goals was linked to international tasks.

Already in 1989, the president of FIM's road racing commission, Joe Zegwaard, visited Mo i Rana to have a closer look the world's northernmost organizer, and Sweden's skilled race director, Anders Åberg, became our good friend and adviser. Members from local road racing in Mo i Rana met representatives of the FIM several times around Europe, including at the FIM's head office in Geneva. During the same periode, FIM visited Mo i Rana on several occasions.

Our ambitions today

Unfortunately, the ambitions of the FIM president and of the initiators of the track were not carried forward, and thus much of the valuable network of contacts crumbled and the sponsorship values shrank to nothing.


But today, the FIM's strong ambitions for a more sustainable motorsport seem to be very parallel to ACM's visions, sustainability goals and ambitions. Therefore, ACM's ambitions are again aimed at international tasks. With a home track that is the nearest neighbor to one of the Nordic countries' largest national parks, and with an arena where every little snowflake and raindrop returns to the track as renewable energy, ACM's opportunities for international assignments should be as good as in 1998.

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