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Classic Racer November - December 2020

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.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
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Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
inspirational ito!

// DATE: JUNE 10, 1963 // LOCATION: ISLE OF MAN Mitsuo Ito, still the only Japanese rider to win an Isle of ManTT victory, was something of an industry legend and – according to the many Suzuki employees past and present – a real character… Ito-san was a dyed-in-the-wool Suzuki man, making his Grand Prix debut in 1961 in France and he skilfully took his Suzuki RK67 to the win in the 1963 Ultra-LightweightTT. If this win cemented his place in racing andTT history, it was his career at Suzuki that made him a company legend. With hisTT win and subsequent four, 5th place finishes in the 50cc World Championship between 1962 and 1965, his last Grand Prix win came at the Japanese Grand Prix in 1967. Following his retirement from motorcycle racing,…

2 min.
yasutomo nagai

// DATE: AUGUST 6, 1995 // LOCATION: BRANDS HATCH Yamaha was groomingYasutomo Nagai for success on the world stage in the early 1990s. Yasu raced in the All-Japan championships and took a win in the 1994 Bol d’Or with Christian and Dominique Sarron before joining a young Colin Edwards in the new Yamaha World Superbike factory team for 1995. Nagai was the first regular Japanese star in WSB, paving the way for the likes of AkiraYanagawa, WataruYoshikawa and Noriyuki Haga. He added a welcome dash of colour to the series, with the trademark Japanese ‘moon-eyes’ Arai, but including his trademark ‘spiderweb’ design. His style was loose and aggressive (he earned the anger of Brits Carl Fogarty and John Reynolds that season) but he was always entertaining to watch and he took three podiums…

2 min.
aprilia rs cube

// DATE: JUNE 8, 2003 // LOCATION: MUGELLO The Aprilia RS3 or ‘RS Cube’ was a problem child, at best. Launched at the Bologna Show at the end of 2001, ready for the new four-stroke MotoGP season the following year, it was to be ridden by former 500cc race winner Regis Laconi. He would take a best result of 8th (twice) with the team taking 33 points in the manufacturer’s championship. Designed by Cosworth Racing, it was thought that the three-cylinder motor was a sliver of a Formula 1 engine, complete with ride-by-wire throttle and pneumatically actuated valves. At times in its debut season, it would record the highest top speeds and was considered equal with the Honda RC211V’s power output of around 230bhp… For 2003 the bike was ridden by the reigning…

3 min.
these weise montana gloves worth £99.99!

Across 1 & 4: The answer to a Roger Burnett question “Who’s that w*nker on the Bimota?” (9,7) 7:Two legendary initials that went on a two-wheeled racing Proton. (2) 8: Soviet-made GP bikes of the 1960s, nothing to do withYuri Gagarin, despite the name. (6) 10 & 18 Across: Weapons from Birmingham that formed a legendary biking brand. (5,4) 11: Monsieur Poncharal, team owner for years who has finally won at the highest level. (5) 12: See 30 Down 13: BigTerry, famous Loctite Yamaha man. (5) 16: Senor Kissling, winner of the last GP of 1961, at his home circuit of Buenos Aires. (5) 17 & 20 Down: A popular part within the intake track of a two-stroke engine barrel. (4,5) 18: See 10 Across 19: ___ -__ Voddy, popular viewing section about 10 miles into theTT Mountain Course. (5,1) 22: Senor…

2 min.
readers write

Great article on Mack the master Dear CR Really enjoyed the Niall Mackenzie article in the latest issue of Classic Racer – it reminds me very much of my times following Grand Prix racing in the 1980s and 90s and latterly the British Superbike championship, of which Niall was champion three times. I spent a lot of my time on the road on both two wheels and four in a bid to take in as many foreign Grand Prix rounds as I could –when I could afford it and get around easier than I can now! On a few occasions I was lucky enough to get into the paddock itself – mainly at some Italian events (friends ‘knew’ the right people) and at a few Dutch TTs (a nice, laid-back lot, the Dutch…) On…

1 min.
it’s too hard

Dear CR I was looking forward to the next Classic Racer after unsuccessfully finishing the crossword, which if I admit, was a rather difficult one to complete. A few years back I used your mag and its archives to complete my book titled The Alan Shepherd Experience, which came out in 2015. However, I have always been a supporter of the three-wheeler fraternity and enjoyed your article on Nigel Rollason some years ago. While at the MGP, I got talking to Nigel at Ramsey Sprint, he still has the Barton Phoenix and aims to do a parade lap in 2023, which I believe is the centenary of the Manx Grand Prix. Nigel commented that he could still get into his leathers; that should be one to see. What a nice chap to talk to…