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Classic Racer - Sep/Oct 2017


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006 From the Classic Racer archive

Two great moments from
racing’s past that typify what
we're about. Both iconic
moments captured by two of
the world’s best motorcycle
racing photographers. Each
image is a snapshot of a much
bigger story that shaped the
racing world to come.

010 ReadersWrite
Another instalment of your
thoughts on track-related life
and the things that go along
with it, be it in the past, present
or future.
012 Paddock Gossip
Mallory’s efforts for the
Bonanza, loads of Classic TT
news and Spa fall under Malc’s
watchful eye this time.

018 Line Art
Another beautiful example of
Mick Ofield’s mastery with the
line. Number 2 in the series and
we’ve got a beautiful 1963 G50
Metisse for you to marvel at.

020 Subscribe to Classic Racer
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Classic Racer to arrive on your
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022 Greatest performance ever?
It’s a lifelong debate, but what
do YOU think was the greatest
one-time performance by a
racer? Of all time? One Classic
Racer writer says it’s a clear-cut
case of one very special day in
the hands of Mr Jim Redman.
Feel free to write in and tell us
why this assertion might not be
accurate, in your opinion.

030 Whiffling Clara
There are many reasons why
this 1931 motorcycle has
such a landmark place in the
foundations of racing. And
Alan Turner explains the story
behind the two-wheeled
mechanical marvel (for the time,
for the time...).

038 Sheene Unseen
Bloomsbury, the book company,
has released the Barry Sheene
tome that is an‘Official
Photographic Celebration’of
Bazza. We really like the book
and enjoyed the pictures very
much indeed. So much so that
we’re bringing you a slither of
the selection here, PLUS we have
10 copies of the book, signed by
Freddie Sheene, to give away.

044 ICON
Under the skin, up close and
very personal with the 1957
Moto Guzzi V8 500. Look at the
exquisite cylinders. Go on, look
at them. Aren’t they some of the
prettiest things you’ve ever seen
bolted to a motorcycle?Yes. We
agree with you there.

052 Potts McIntyre– Part Two
The concluding part of a
fascinating tale of two men’s
dedicated pursuit of going fast
and how it impacted on the
racing scene of the time.

062 Back in the day:
1975’s GPseason gets underway
Important for many reasons –
not least of all the huge grids of
the time, but also because this
year marked the end of the four-
strokes for a long period in the
premier class.

068 Pre-TT Classic
Because CR runs every couple
of months, we’re tied to very
long publication deadlines
so occasionally events can
only make the next available
issue. Such as now. Here’s our
report from the excellent John
Watterson on the 2017 Pre-TT
Classic event. Well worth the wait.

076 Pro-Amming,again
The sparsely-run return to the old
days of the old boys taking on
the young bucks headed North
of the Border to get the action in
Scotland and CR went along to
watch. Just like old times in the
company of Messrs Mackenzie
and Carter.

080 Fierce: The Irish Scene
Our very own Mark McCloskey
has been watching the goings-on
in classic racing on the Emerald
Isle with interest. It’s been a
helluva season so far and Mark
brings you up to speed with
what’s been happening on track
and road.