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Classic Racer March - April 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.

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
everything okay, fellas?

Minutes after the reveal for the official Honda WSB team-up of Aaron Slight (bike number 3) and Carl Fogarty (bloke starring daggers into the back of Slighty's head) there was much, what you might call tension, in the room. Slighty was to win one race this year – the first outing in Germany – but his excellent consistency in a brutal championship meant that he finished a superb runner-up to Troy Corser. Foggy, already looking like he’s up for a proper scrap, won four races this season (one more win than Aaron had managed in three seasons on the RC45), but could only manage fourth overall by the year’s end. What was doubly annoying for Carl was that the following year he switched to Ducati and came runner-up... to John Kocinski who replaced…

1 min.
the devil is in the...

// YEAR: 1985 // LOCATION: CIRCUITO PERMANENTE DEL JARAMA Frederick Burdette Spencer focusses hard with two laps to go in front of the massed ranks in España. It was the miracle year when two worlds collided. The quarter-litre and half-litre crowns sat on one head, Spencer F. Some asked: “How could it be done?” Well, it all came down to one thing. Focus. And skill. It came down to two things, then. And intelligence. Three. Three things. At the end of the day, nobody expected the Freddie-inquisition.…

1 min.
it's the classic racer crossword!

So here we go then, time to settle down and get stuck in to the CR crossword. Fill in all the answers and include your details on the form and send it to Classic Racer Towers. Get it to us by 9am, March 25, 2019 and if correct your entry will go into the upturned helmet from where two winning entries will be drawn by a blindfolded Malc, after he’s written something about racing at the Isle of Man TT races. Probably. The first entrant out of the lid-of-fun will win two wonderful pieces of artwork by top motorsport artist Mick Craven, worth £340. The second correct entry drawn out at random will receive a year’s subscription to Classic Racer. Mick started seriously painting two decades ago, but it was after watching the…

1 min.
a hello from ben rumbold

(he makes this crossword) Hello and welcome to this first issue of the Classic Racer Crossword. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you find it entertaining and a bit difficult. I’ve tried not to make it too tough, but of course if it is too easy then I am happy to hear about it. I’d love to know your feedback on this (it will help me compile future puzzles). Find me on Facebook by searching for MotoXwords, or email me at motoxword@outlook.com with any feedback you care to give about the crossword, positive or negative all is welcome. Happy head-scratching!…

6 min.
readers write

Remembering Phil Kettle Dear CR Your ‘Race of Attrition’ article in the November edition of Classic Racer regarding the present day breakdown rate in the Isle of Man classic races is always an interesting subject to ponder on. There are, I’m sure, many theories on the subject, all worth a listen to. But reading your article gave me a smile and reminded me of the chats I used to have with my neighbour, the late Phil Kettle, who as you know was Francis Beart’s right-hand man, the other part of the Beart Equipe for many years through the ‘50s and ‘60s. Many a happy hour was spent in Phil’s kitchen listening to the tales of the TT and Manx GP races of years gone by, often interrupted by Mrs Kettle adding the funny…

3 min.
world’s biggest classic show celebrates 100 official years of tt racing

Two world wars, plus the UK foot and mouth epidemic which caused the cancellation of much UK sport including the TT, took out a total of 12 years, meaning 100 years of TT racing can be celebrated all over again. Mortons Media Group, publisher of Classic Racer, will be celebrating this special anniversary with a spectacular TT theme at its firmly established Stafford International Classic MotorCycle Show on April 27/28, 2019, where top-name riders and the famous machines that carried them to victory around one of the most famous race circuits in the world will be on display. Headlining the impressive list of star guests are current TT stars Ian Hutchinson and Tom and Ben Birchall, with an impressive 24 TT wins between them. ‘Hutchy’, as he is known to his legion of…