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Classic Racer - Mar/Apr 2017


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WHAT’S INSIDE

006 From the Classic Racer archive
Did you know that you can buy any image from our archive
for your own use? Classic Racer has tens of thousands of some
of the greatest pictures ever taken. Here’s one that we like in
particular.

008 Paddock Gossip

Everything that's worth knowing from the various recesses
and whispered conversations in the paddock. Courtesy of the
world's most experienced race reporter and inside-man.

016 Readers Write

The competitive timesheet of effort is laid down before the
stopwatch of fate as a challenge to our ‘Well-Travelled’ letter of
last month is served. This is not going to end anytime soon.

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022 Kim Newcombe’s Konig 500

An iconic motorcycle in nearly every sense of the phrase. An
outboard two-stroke motor and a very talented rider at the
controls gave birth to a combination that, together, was the
first to challenge the mighty MV Agustas of the time.

030 Wes Cooley

From starting out in the club his father ran to the AMA title
to the 8-Hour at Suzuka, Wester Steven Cooley was on a
path littered with greatness. And then 1985 at Sears Point
happened and his life would never be the same again. This is
Wes’ story.

040 Peter Brown

Trials, sidecars, engineering or submarines! Many things with
many engines make appearances amidst the story of one
of the most natural all-rounders to take up the competitive
mantle. Peter Brown’s story is one that every motorcycle race
fan should know.

050 Charlie Williams’ Maxton TZ385
It seems crazy these days that motorcycles like this were
broken up for parts and sent to the four corners of the globe
to end up as parts in various other bikes – but that is what
happened. However, when a particular motorcycle manages
to do so many varied things during its life there is always
one person who might just be able to pull it all back
together again.

060 Back in the Day: The 1974 Spa Grand Prix

Jan Burgers takes us back to a time when the race dealt up
many surprises at one of the most punishing circuits then
raced upon. Retirements and crashes littered the end result
but it was here where we became aware of where the year's
events where heading.

066 The Match Races: Part 3

Into and through the second half of the 1970s saw the
Transatlantic Trophy act as a proving ground for many riders
coming up and going down the ranks. Step forward one in
particular who shone – Kenneth Leroy Roberts.

076 Phillip Island Classic
Our man Hamish Cooper is on site to report back on
everything that happened from the first big meeting of the
year amidst great older bikes and not-quite-so-old riders.