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Classic Racer January - February 2021

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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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mighty mick!

// YEAR: 1986 // LOCATION: SURFER’S PARADISE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY In the mid-1980s Mick Doohan’s race career was raising a few eyebrows.The young Aussie hooked up with Jon MacGillvray who owned a Yamaha RZV500 that he ended up putting Mick on.The two would become firm friends and Jon would later become Mick’s manager. In 1985 they had a great idea: paint the bike in camouflage, make Mick ride in leathers with camo overalls on (‘I’d puff up like the Michelin man,’ he’d say) and erect a military-style tent where the team could hang out and enjoy some beers with a barbecue –Team Camo was born! A year later the camo was gone and instead the team got some backing and became ‘GaythorneYamaha’, now complete with an RZ250 where they would enter whatever races they…

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tree huggers!

// DATE: APRIL 19, 1976 // LOCATION: OULTON PARK Now here’s an evocative image of the John Player-backedTransatlanticTrophy series from the Easter weekend of 1976. It was the traditional clash between the Americans (and sometimes the odd Canadian or two) versus the Brits, and the events had been held since 1971. In that first year the riders were on Triumph/BSA three-cylinder machines and the British riders – including a certain Paul Smart – won by 183 points to 137.The American team would not have an overall series win until 1975, when the USA’s line-up was a formidable one, featuring Dave Aldana, Steve Baker, Kenny Roberts (who made his debut in front of a British crowd at the 1974 event), Gene Romero and Pat Hennen.The British team included PercyTait, StanleyWoods and Mick Grant. The…

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triumphant return!

// DATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2003 // LOCATION: CROFT After 30 years away,Triumph returned to British racing with a full-on tilt at the 2003 British Supersport championship. Triumph teamed up with Jack Valentine, formerly of V&M Racing and the resulting ‘Triumph Valmoto’ team was a mix of youth and experience. At the helm was Jack who had a wealth of experience in drag racing, British Supersport and Superbike as well as successes at the Isle of Man TT and other road-race events. Riders were teak-tough Scot and former Supersport champ Jim Moodie and youngster Craig Jones, who later lost his life following a crash at Brands Hatch in 2008. V&M Racing was formed back in 1982 between Jack and the late, great, Steve Mellor. When Jack stopped drag racing with V&M motors, they got into…

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this weise outlaw jacket worth £149.99!

Want to be an outlaw? Not really, of course, but you can wear this Outlaw jacket. It features tough polyester construction, it’s breathable, windproof and waterproof. It features removable shoulder, elbow and back CE-approved armour and has adjustable collar and cuffs to make it fit snugly. So go on, have a crack at our crossword and see if you are the lucky winner! Across 1 and 5: Structural design made successful by Peter Williams and last tried on Honda’s NR500 in GPs. (9,7) 8: Old-fashioned racing eyewear. (7) 9: French oil makers with red branding. (5) 10: The top flight, the highest level. (5) 12: Tight right-hand hairpin on a classic circuit that leads to the amazing Eau Rouge section. (2,6) 13: Massive Japanese facility that hosted many late season World Superbike rounds. (4) 15: The shortest and…

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readers write

Brilliant issue! Dear CR I always look forward to reading Classic Racer, but my goodness how I enjoyed the November/ December issue. There were a number of articles to which I could closely relate. The 250cc Mondial: I always lusted after this bike after seeing Provini win the 1957 TT but never realised that there were two versions of the cam drive. Having been lucky enough to own an RC30 the article about Steve Ward and his exploits/ achievements on one obviously rang bells and then ‘Hated Hailwood.’ I still remember riding at BEMSEE’s Trophy Day at Silverstone in 1958 when – into the paddock – comes this big Comma transporter with ‘Ecurie Sportive’ emblazoned on it. There were at least four bikes inside and with a ‘professional’ mechanic, Jim Adams I think…

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bourne takes title and dave simmonds trophy

Franco Bourne took the 2020 Honda British Talent Cup and in doing so also takes the Dave Simmonds trophy. It was a dramatic end to the season with former points leader Eddie O’Shea getting wiped out on the first lap in the final round, but Bourne took the double at Brands Hatch to take the title in style. The Dave Simmonds Trophy has been presented to the winner of the MotoStar championship for the last three years, recognising Dave’s 1969 125cc World Championship. CRMC 2021 CRMC chairman Gordon Russell has announced the planned 2021 calendar and it looks like this. April 17/18 – Castle Combe May 8/9 – Mallory Park June 12/13 – Pembrey July 3/4 – Cadwell Park July 31/Aug 1 – Donington Park Classic Festival September 4/5 – Anglesey October 2/3 – Croft…