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Classic Racer

Classic Racer January - February 2019

Classic Racer takes you so close you can actually smell the Castrol R. With the world's finest archive, and an editorial team who live and breathe the sport, the only way you'll get closer will be to put on your leathers.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
‘where is he?!’

YEAR: 1995 // LOCATION: ASSEN The rider at the centre of the melee caught on camera by Mark Wernham is Carl Fogarty. You may notice two things captured in this moment at the end of race two on this world superbike day. The first is the amount of people trying to hold Carl back from Pierfrancesco Chili (not visible here) and the second is the sheer anger on King Carl’s face. ‘Frankie’ is still a tough cookie – he was much more so back then – and Carl would happily tear into a rival for less than he accused Frankie of doing on track. Who would reckon on a clear winner had they ever got their hands on each other?…

7 min.
readers write

How about some Hocking? Dear CR Thank you for an excellent magazine, my only gripe is that it should be a monthly publication instead of every two months. I have recently enjoyed reading about Jon Ekerold in the magazine and having done so it reminded me of another favourite racer I used to watch, Gary Hocking. My father and I were at the 1959 Ulster GP where, if memory serves me correctly, Hocking was easily the best rider in the 250cc class that day and showed his skill in what could be described as a tricky surface upon which to ride. I think that Hocking is amongst the most overlooked of riders from that era and I would therefore like to suggest that Classic Racer features the Rhodesian in the future. I believe that Gary…

2 min.
stafford weathers the storm

Once more the 25th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show was a great success, with crowds flocking to the Stafford Showground over the October 13-14 weekend. The big news of the show came from Bonhams, who produced a record-breaking sale achieving £3.4 million! The star was the ex-C F Edwards, 1925 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Sand Racer Project which, despite being completely dismantled, achieved more than double its estimate and sold for £264,500 – the highest amount ever achieved for a dismantled Brough Superior. James Stensel, Head of Bonhams Motorcycle Department UK, said: “Once again, the Bonhams motorcycle department has achieved exactly what it set out to do – to sell the best machines on the market at the best prices. “Our realistic estimates attracted bidders from across the globe, and bidding throughout…

1 min.
2019 classic tt hislop celebration

The 2019 Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts celebrates one of the greatest riders in the TT’s illustrious history, Steve Hislop, who set the first 120mph lap in 1989. ‘Back to the Future: The Hizzy Years’ will be a celebration of his career 30 years after his milestone achievement, featuring a pop-up museum of some of the Scot’s most famous bikes. There will also be a parade lap and guest appearances from some of his rivals, including Carl Fogarty. The final qualifying and the paddock carnival are just precursors to the thrilling races on Saturday, August 24 and Monday, August 26. Current stars who have taken on the challenge include John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop, Dean Harrison, Lee Johnston, James Hillier and Conor Cummins. Saturday’s racing sees the Bennetts Classic TT Senior Race opening the…

1 min.
down but not out!

The annual luncheon of the TT Riders’ Association, which saw Maria Costello become the first female president in the 67-year history of the organisation, almost made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Former TTRA president, and master of ceremonies at the luncheon, Nick Jefferies, felt decidedly unwell during the night before but insisted in pressing on with the job, and produced his usual entertaining performance. However, it was only when he called in at Bradford Royal Infirmary the following day that he discovered he had suffered a heart attack. Thankfully, swift attention to his oil pump proved successful and he is, as Classic Racer goes to press, moaning about how slowly things are going. From all at Classic Racer, including all of our readers, get well soon my friend. The golf course will…

1 min.
reg everett

Reg Everett sadly passed away on November 3 following a prolonged illness. He was 78 years old. As an unknown club racer, he approached Greeves in 1961 and asked for works backing, which was not forthcoming. However, they agreed to supply him with one of their motocross engines, which Reg fitted into a modified Greeves road bike frame. This was the prototype racer that gave birth to the successful Silverstone. He powered it to victory in his first race on it at Brands Hatch on April 1, 1962. He rode a Silverstone in the 1964 250cc Isle of Man TT, finishing eighth and was the first British bike home. However, Reg was best known for his exploits on Ted Broad’s Yamaha TD1A, on which he achieved 25 wins and numerous podiums, finishing runner-up…