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Classic Racer - Jan/Feb 2019


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WHAT’S INSIDE

006 From the archive
Three amazing photographs
from the Classic Racer archive,
each capturing a heady slice of
action from the golden days of
racing past.

012 Readers Write
Great suggestions on bikes to
feature, points raised that needed
raising and a TT letter that is well
worth reading – it’s been a busy
time for the postman.

014 Paddock Gossip
Malc’s been out and about,
gathering up the interesting
and necessary bits from the
four corners of the classic racing
paddock.

020 Line Art
Courtesy of the impressively
talented Mick Ofield, the
exquisite 1969 Aermacchi
350 Ala d’Oro – that’s the Golden
Wing, an apt name.

022 Subscribe
If you’ve never subscribed before
then this is a good time to do it.
With the weather poor and not
much in the way of reasons to
go outside, subscribe and save
money, get Classic Racer earlier
and have it delivered to your
door. Win win, as they say.

025 The 0W60 family line. Weapons
At a time when racing
motorcycles were fairly simple
items with one objective, the
smallest change either way
could have the biggest impact.
The two-stroke screamer from
the tuning-fork brigade was no
exception and its evolution was
fascinating.

036 Dick Klamfoth
Forever to be associated with
the Daytona 200, Klamfoth’s
run to the higher echelons of
Americana two-wheels began
when he was just 20 and he
never really rolled off that
throttle.

044 The Suzuki Katana Endurance race bike
Suzuki GB hadn’t been racing
(officially) for over four decades.
When a few of the current SGB
team decided it was time to
return to the paddock they
wanted something special to
do it on. Turning the Katana
from a road bike of the 1980s
to a 152bhp missile wasn’t
an easy task.

050 Ginger Molloy
A flying Kiwi who competed
around the world in GP from
1965 to 1970. Cutting his teeth
during those first foray into
Europe wasn’t easy for the
hard-edged Molloy but boy,
did it come good.

058 A stop in time
A snapshot series of Kawasaki's
slick team of refuellers going about
their business in 1972. In these
fleeting seconds, a race could be won
or lost.

060 Benedicto Caldarella
The Argentinian won only one GP during his
racing time, but if you're only ever going
to win one then make sure this is it (a clue:
it's on home soil).

066 Aaron Slight
‘Mr Nearly’ came so close to
getting the WSB crown, so many
times that many credit him as
the spiritual winner of WSB at
arguably its most competitive.
Haircuts aside, Slighty always
meant business.

072 Steve Hislop
In his day, one of the fastest
motorcycle racers on the planet.
Even quicker than Valentino
Rossi in the Italian’s heyday – and
Steve was on inferior machinery
– but for every scrap of talent
was a dab of dismay.

078 Clive Horton
British 125cc Champion in 1977
and 1974 TT winner, Clive isn’t a
man to pull his verbal punches.

084 Alan Carter:Light in the Darkness
The first instalment of our three-
part serialisation of the most
incredible motorcycle racing
book you’ll ever read. Get a taste
of it here in Classic Racer and
then go and buy yourself a copy
of the tome. It’ll be one of the
most fascinating books you’ll
ever own.

090 1975:Italian Grand Prix
An English rider took to Imola’s
twists and turns on an Italian
bike, an Italian did the same on
a Japanese bike. Over 150,000
people turned out in the baking
Italian sunshine to witness
the scrap.