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Classic Racer - May/Jun 2017


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WHAT’S INSIDE

006 John Surtees: an appreciation
As a reader of Classic Racer you need no introduction as to
who Mr Surtees was and what he achieved. If you’ve picked
this up as your first taste of this magazine then the man who
won seven motorcycle GP world championships and also
went on to take the F1 crown, is the focus of much of this
episode of the classic racer world for good reason.

028 Paddock Gossip
Corners of the paddock and global events scoured and
reported on by our Malcolm as he continues to deliver the
news that matters about the people who live motorcycles.

038 Readers Write
As one might expect, many memories of Mr Surtees have
arrived at Classic Racer headquarters, all of which have –
without exception – espoused the many positives his actions
brought not only to motorcycle racing but also Britain. Here’s a
selection of some of the missives we have received.

042 Paul Goldsmith
When he had a telephone call from Mr Harley and Mr
Davidson, inviting him to race for them in the 1940s, Paul
Goldsmith knew he had arrived. Goldsmith is an AMA
Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame resident, a Daytona 200
winner and a five-times AMA Nationals winner. But it’s his
memories of racing on a shifting sands beach course whilst
battling other riders and an incoming tide that will stick in
your mind.

050 Vince French
From a racing start to spinning the spanners for some of the
biggest names in racing history, French was one of the most
influential and instrumental people in racing’s past. Here’s his
story and an explanation of why many big names owe this
particular man a lot.

060 Back in the day: Anderstorp GP 1974
It had been a difficult meeting for some, but in Sweden it was
home hero Lansivuori who found the top step of a memorable
500cc race. Jan Burgers explains what happened.

066 Match Races: Part 4
In to the 1980s and the last events of the GB v USA series.
Future and current GP stars from both sides of the pond,
upcoming young guns looking to establish themselves and
incredible races from start to finish were a fine epitaph for the
TT races.

076 Kirkby Alpha
In 1968, Lincolnshire’s John Kirkby mated an ex-Tom Philips
Vio Camp Ducati chassis to a 247cc disc valve vertical two-
stroke twin from Alpha Automotive of Dudley. The result is
exquisite.

082 CRMC Round One: Snetterton
Graham Lawlor and Russ Lee were in attendance at the
opening CRMC event in the flatlands of Norfolk. Here's their
report on the event.