Classic Racer

Classic Racer July - August 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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Dick Mann was a double AMA Grand National Champion and twice winner of the Daytona 200 race – but his life story was one of ultimate versatility. Dick ‘Bugsy’ Mann would give Honda their first of 11 victories at the famous banked circuit aboard the CB/ CR750 four-cylinder machine. Mann’s victory was attributed by many to his mechanical sympathy and methodical nature. Following practice, legend has it the engine oil was found to have some strange particles in it which turned out to be rubber from the cam-chain tensioners. Mann’s team stripped the engines and replaced them, others did not. Even so, they were well-worn after the post-race strip-down and towards the end of the race he was being caught by Gene Romero. His steady, methodical riding won the day. A famous quote…

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haslam’s honda...

Has a humble Honda road bike ever had a better salesman than one Ronald Haslam? Let’s head back 35 years, to the March 16, 1986TransAtlantic meeting at Donington Park – historic for a number of reasons. Firstly, we saw the talents of one Fred Merkel and Kevin Schwantz (on a borrowed and butcheredTony Rutter GSX-R750) and we saw Ron Haslam rain-dance on a standard road bike… Yes, at this point a new road machine – the Honda VFR750 F-G – had been launched. It wasn’t as flashy as the later RC30, RVF or RC45, but it would get a fair bit of recognition thanks to the circumstances in which it was raced. Back then, this was the first time the race was held at the then recently extended circuit, complete with new…

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are we seeing the back of valentino?

It’s what the armchair pundits love to squawk: “Rossi is past it and it’s time for him to retire!” It’s easy, in some ways, to see why.This season things haven’t started well with the PetronasYamaha team and he’s not won a race since 2017.That said, he had a podium last year at Jerez and could have had more. He’s reported to only have a year deal with the satellite Yamaha team and has stated that he will make his decision during the summer break. He’s been reported as saying: “Everything depends upon my results. If I can be competitive, if I can fight for the podium, for the victory, I can continue for another year.” Love him or loathe him, he’s one of the greats of motorcycle racing. Former team-mate…

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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. IT WAS ME... I WAS UP THE TREE! Dear CR With reference to your photo of Old Hall corner of the Match Races and the article entitled ‘Tree Huggers’ I am – indeed – the one in the blue leather. I watched from there for many years and I was also the person who instigated such a lofty perch! I witnessed the (sadly now) late, great Peter Williams crash from there and the serious sidecar crash and fire at the top of…

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diary dates

HONDA OWNERS’ CLUB (GB) CLASSIC SHOW Sunday, June 27: To celebrate 60 years of the HOC, an event will take place at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum. The museum – located at Bashley Cross Roads, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 5SZ – will play host to HOC. As of 2021 the club currently has 1574 members and 24 branches spread throughout the country. They produce a quality quarterly magazine which incorporates a dealer discount list and an active diary of events. Current HOC President Jude Browne says: “We hope that anyone (non-members welcome) with a classic Honda will come along and show it off at the Sammy Miller Museum. There will be classes for all classic Hondas and we will be awarding prizes. Refreshments will be available. We will also be attending the Ace…

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paddock gossip

Send your classic racing news to: editor@classicracer.co.uk RARE DUCATI RACER FOR SALE Currently for sale is this 1978 Ducati NCR which was supplied new to Steve Wynne Racing who set up Mike Hailwood’s TT winning machine of the same year. Paul Jayson of The Motorcycle Broker has this special machine to sell for its current owner. He says: “It was in the crate for many years and then used only to parade once with Paul Smart riding it. It is unrestored and completely original with the round case, dry clutch, sand-cast NCR motor. “Only 18 of these machines were built and this is one of the few genuine ones to come to market since January 2014 when Bonhams sold one for £125,000. Since then race bike prices have gone crazy as race car owners…