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Classic Racer - May/Jun 2018


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006 From the Archive
More stunning photographs
spanning the classic years of
racing. From22 to 50 years ago via
an Italian/Swiss legendary master
of the tiddlers.

008 Subscribe!
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014 ReadersWrite
Your missives on the classic
racing world over the past couple
of months.Whatever’s on your
mind, feel free to write it to a large
audience.

017 Paddock Gossip
Malcolm’s got his ear to the ground
and brings you everything that’s
relevant and what you need to
know about the various corners of
various paddocks amidst various
locations.

024 Line Art
This issue’s fine example of the
art isMick Ofield’s wonderfully
penned rendition of Mike
Hailwood’s 1969 Seeley Mk.3. It’s
simple, exquisite and worth taking
your time over.

028 Stroke of genius
The story of Harley-Davidson’s
RR500. A short-lived but oh-so promising
two-stroke racing
motorcycle that reallywas
something of a technological
pointer for other factories to
launch from.

036 Dave Simmonds and the Kawasaki story
Dave was one of the greatest
motorcycle racers that this country
produced. A family man who was
as liked off the bike as he was
feared on it, he proved his worth
at riding and wielding spanners to
eventually give Kawasaki their first
world crown. Bruce Cox explains
Dave’s contributions and how they
fit into the larger story of the Red
Tank Racers.

044 The 750World Championship
It was a sign of the times that as
the new 750s started to emerge
in the 1970s, so a series to contest
them in should appear. Phil Wain
tells the story of how it happened
and who grabbed the bull by the
horns.

051 Jim Curry’s CR93
Classic Racer’s Peter Parnham’s
journey to get his hands on this
lovely bit of racing kit took almost
as long to complete as the work
on the motorcycle itself. The end
result is a great example of the
breed.

056 The Beebees story
How two scrap metal merchants
decided to keep a foundation of
racing going. Step one, get the
machines – step two, go looking
for riders. Peter Crawford tells the
story.

062 Sarron: SacreBleu
Christian Sarron was one of the
big names in 500GP racing at a
time when the giants of the sport
reigned supreme. On a wet day in
1985 it all came together for the
French man in typically Gallic style.

066 Alan Carter: Light in the Darkness Part 3
Our final instalment of the breathtaking
book by Alan Carter. If
you’ve not read the book by now,
do yourself a favour and get hold
of a copy. It’s one of the most
honest, revealing, disturbing and
enlightening motorcycle race
books you’ll ever read. Details of
how to get your own copy of the
book are included with this article.

072 1975 Spa Grand Prix
The ups and downs continued for
Barry Sheene and a fair proportion
of the grid at Spa.What started out
as a race amongst equals turned
intoawar of attrition. Including
a particularly hairy seize-up at
180mph!

078 Radar Part 2: On the roads
The other part of his professional
life saw Dave‘Radar’Cullen get out
on the roads working for the likes
of Crosby under the watchful eye
(literally) of Pops Yoshimura.

084 OnTrack
And so with a bang, not a whimper,
the year’s CRMC championship
gets underway. Classic Racer’s
Graham Lawlor and Russ Leewere
on hand for the fun and games.