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Classic Racer

Classic Racer November - December 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.
win

Welcome to this, the CR #200 Crossword. To mark the landmark issue we’ve made the puzzle a bit bigger, with even more clues to test your racing knowledge. And to make this Classic Racer Crossword that bit more special, we’ve landed a unique prize to give away to race fans like you – an actual piston and rod from Alex Marquez’s Moto2 racebike. Yes, we can’t believe it either, but it’s true.This is a piston from with proof that it was at the heart of the bike that contested Moto2 races this year at Argentina,Texas and Jerez. Incredible, eh? We’re very jealous of you (we’re not allowed to enter) so all that we can now do is to wish you luck and ogle the piston for the remaining time it’s sitting on the…

2 min.
classic / vintage... umm... old?

Dear CR With regards to the ongoing debate about what defines a classic/vintage racing machine, I would like to propose that there be three different types as follows: 1. Completely original (eg: Lansdowne Series, Goodwood Revival) 2. Replica (faithful to original drawings/ specifications e.g.: Works Racing Manx Norton). 3. Alien.The third type is defined by deviations in drawings/specifications to the original design in order to achieve a competitive advantage in either engine horsepower or machine handling. Typical changes to engine configuration are a shortened stroke, enlarged bore or reangled ports / valves when compared with the original. These changes manifest themselves in fewer barrel fins or carburettors fitted at steeper angles. How to control such a variation in machine types?This is usually achieved by appointing an eligibility officer in the club that organises the races.…

7 min.
readers write

If you want to get in touch… Then please do. We read every letter, email and comment sent to us and we enjoy hearing from you. If you’ve an event coming up, a motorcycle you own or just want to let us know about something you find interesting in Classic Racer’s world, get in touch. FROM THE OTHER SIDE Dear CR Writing from the antipodes I congratulate you on the quality of your excellent publication Classic Racer. I regard myself as a true enthusiast, having learned to ride on a 1938 Royal Enfield 500cc, interspersed with a Honda CB175. I did a recent appraisal and established that I have either owned or ridden 47 motorcycles: Bridgestones, Ducatis, Gileras, Suzukis, Yamahas and Jawas to name but a few. These days I only have two bikes:…

6 min.
classic tt the future

As its official media partner, Classic Racer has a unique relationship with the Classic TT, and the man in overall charge of the event, Paul Phillips. In an exclusive interview Paul shares his thoughts on the Classic TT and its future with Malc Wheeler. CR: With another Classic TT successfully completed, are you happy with how the event is continuing to develop? PP: Very much so. Without doubt it was the most successful one we have delivered to date, tainted of course, by the sad loss of the brilliant Chris Swallow. This year was a big step forward in terms of the activity off-track and we have bigger plans for that side of the event moving forward. The way the schedule worked between on and off-track was much more cohesive than in previous…

1 min.
frankie for newark show

Pierfrancesco ‘Frankie’ Chilli, is to star as guest of honour at the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic at Newark showground over the weekend of January 11-12, 2020. Bologna-born Frankie, as he is known to his fans, had a long and successful career in most classes of races, winning the 125cc European Championship in 1985, before moving to Grand Prix level in 250 and 500cc World Championships, and ultimately World Superbike. When he retired from racing in 2006 he held the record for the most starts in World Superbike and along the way he claimed 10 pole positions and 17 wins during what were arguably the hardest fought years in WSB. The charismatic Italian will be on stage with Steve Plater during both days of the show and he will present the…

1 min.
welcome

Putting together this issue of CR has been the usual rollercoaster and, thankfully, these issues are rare, but it’s been coloured with immense sadness. As a racing community our collective heads fell as we learned of the loss of Chris Swallow. On these pages there are the comments about Chris by his father Bill, our Malc and John Watterson, who once again covered the ClassicTT event for us. It would be pointless to try to add anything other than my utmost sympathies to Chris’s family and friends at what is an unimaginable time for most people. In the same month we also learned that CR contributor Chris Pereira had also passed away after a lengthy battle. Our thoughts are also with the Pereira family and Chris’s friends. With this sentiment, I’m drawing this…