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Classic Racer May - June 2021

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
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English
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Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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murray walker – legend

Murray Walker – for many decades regarded as the voice of Formula One – was first and foremost a lover of two-wheeled sport and a competitor himself. Born Graeme Murray Walker on October 10, 1923, ‘Murray’ was son of Graham Walker, who not only won the 1931 LightweightTT, but also would be a sports commentator for the BBC himself – in fact, father and son would often work together as commentators from 1949 until Graham’s death in 1962. It was while Graham and son were at an Austrian trials event in September 1939 that a coded message was received telling them and the competitors to escape before war was declared! Before the end of the conflict, Murray was in the British Army, attending Sandhurst, joining the Royal Scots Greys and commanding a…

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fausto gresini – 1961-2021

As a rider, the diminutive Fausto Gresini was well-suited to the smaller classes and he would win two 125cc championships during the 1980s. The Italian from Imola began his race career in 1978 in the 50cc class aboard a Minarelli, but soon made it to the Grand Prix paddock, starting his first season in 1983.That year on a Garelli he would take a best result of second place at the Swedish Grand Prix. For 1984 the move to an MBA machine saw him take his first win (Sweden once more) and finish 3rd in the title race overall. Better was to come in 1985 when – returning to Garelli – he took the 125ccWorld Championship with a consistent run of form, including three wins. In 1986 he’d finish second overall behind fellow…

2 Min
chris vincent – sidecar champ!

ChrisVincent not only won an Isle of ManTT sidecar race, and British championships on two and three wheels, but he was also a former factory bike tester, innovative sidecar designer, as well as father to two talented racing sons. Hailing from Birmingham, Chris joined Norton on leaving school and his passion for sidecars came initially with a speedway outfit and he became National Sidecar Champion in 1958. This was backed up by his talents on two wheels, taking 7th the following year at theThruxton 500-mile race, he would also work for BSA as a test rider. Road-racing in the chair would come in 1960 at the Isle of Man, but bad luck would see him fail to finish a race in both that year and the following year’s races on the Island:…

5 Min
readers write

If you want to get in touch… ...please do. We read every letter, email and comment sent to us and we enjoy hearing from you whether 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. Whit’s wonderful! Dear CR I had to write in and say how much I enjoyed James Whitham’s amusing musings in the last issue. I’ve followed his career closely and always wanted him to make that big step to being a world champion, which sadly he never made. He did deserve a better shot in World Superbikes and 500cc GPs in my opinion. Also, I do feel that – in the UK at least – his popularity was well up there if not bigger than…

4 Min
paddock gossip

REWARD FOR MACK’S ELSIE! Former 500cc Grand Prix rider and three-time British Superbike champ Niall Mackenzie is on the hunt for his original RD350LC that he had on the road before launching him on his amazing race career. He says: “I did know, or thought I knew where my original bike was – PUS 581W – but it has since disappeared. “For me, the Yamaha RD350LC is the best bike to come out of Japan and it set me up for life, that’s why I’m offering a reward (not a massive one, I’m Scottish) for whoever can find it for me.” This picture here of a young Niall and his pride and joy was taken in 1981. On the reverse of the pic it says: “This bike changed my life.” If you can help Niall…

1 Min
welcome

We do seem to have a decidedly Antipodean tang to this issue and I’m still not sure whether this has been by design or simply a happy accident. Aussies and Kiwis have – for many decades – exhibited the kind of grit and determination that has given them countless world championships as well as made them decent team managers, crew chiefs and mechanics. You only have to walk up a world championship or domestic series pit-lane to hear the various accents. While many Aussies and Kiwis have become champions, we look at two who were considered up there with the best riders of their time. Kevin Magee’s story is one of a stellar rise into the top echelons of motorcycle racing. Sadly, the stars didn’t align when it came to securing the 500cc…