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Ready To Do Battle.
Once good friends, Barry Sheene and Phil Read fell out in a big way in 1975 – but they retained their respect for each other as riders. Read wanted MV to recruit Sheene as his team-mate in 1974 but switched to campaigning a private RG500 Suzuki himse
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Batch Of Six Seeley G50 Frames Ordered
Eddie Robinson, the original designer of the Seeley Mk.1, Mk.2 and Mk.3 frames, has commissioned a batch of six from Tim Mashford’s company Aircraft Welding Services, and the first two have already been sold. The frames are faithful to the original d
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The New Wave
The year 2000 saw a changing of the guard in World Superbikes. An injury at round two in Phillip Island saw the reigning champ Carl Fogarty retire – eventually for good – while the rest of the chasing pack tried to make the new millennium’s title the
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Sum Of Team Parts Adds Up To Success
You’re just too stupid to stop! These were the words of one of Team Parts Europe’s sponsors part way through last season’s European Endurance Cup Championship. They went on to win in convincing style, beating not only Belgium-based Team Force but als
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Mighty Mike
Mike Hailwood pushes off on his MV Agusta 500-4 at the start of the SeniorTT on the Isle of Man, June 8, 1962. The race wasn’t going to be his finest on Mona’s Isle, as he finished 12th, after gearbox and clutch trouble. Instead, the win went to his
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In Detail: Classic Racer Iconic Metal
The swinging arm rear suspension and heavy-finned all-alloy top-end of the motor that fully enclosed the valve gear is an immediate giveaway of the later, Mark VIII KTT machines. But in reality it's not really this part of the KTT story that's its mo
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These Amazing Duchinni Canyon Boots Worth £139.99!
The great prize on offer this time is a retro style pair of tough, hi-top boots that look good and are comfy away from your bike – yet incorporate a waterproof outer and full impact protection. Find out more at thekeycollection.co.uk ■
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JOEY DUNLOP By Those Who Knew Him Best
Much has been written about William Joseph Dunlop in the two decades since his death at an obscure road race meeting in Estonia on July 2 in the year 2000. His incredible life and career have been the subject of numerous books, documentaries and film
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Readers Write
... please do. We read every letter, email and comment sent to us and we enjoy hearing from you whether you’ve an event coming up, a motorcycle you own or you just want to let us know about something you find interesting in Classic Racer’s world. De
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Getting Out On The Boat Engined Bike
On his visit to the Berlin factory, and while returning New Zealander Kim Newcombe's machinery, Dieter König offered Rod the Kiwi racer's position in the development department, as well as the works 500GP ride using a bike incorporating all the modif
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Big Noise In The Crmc…
Dear CR It was good to see the recent feature on Alan and Stella Cathcart and Dick Linton and their tireless work in getting the CRMC off the ground. I well remember the first event at Snetterton where I was entered in the Kennings Four-Stroke series
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König 680 (500)
Engine: Water-cooled horizontally-opposed flat-four two-stroke with a single exhaust port and three transfer ports per cylinder, a cast magnesium waterpan sump, transverse built-up crankshaft and single horizontal belt-driven rotary-valve Dimensions:
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Star Letter Prize
Remember to keep sending in your letters. Now, more than ever, as we deal with the coronavirus situation, we want to hear your stories and find out what you think of the magazine. Each issue we’ll pick a star letter, the writer of which will win a su
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David Aldana MULTI-MAN
Growing up in Orange County, California, David Aldana found himself right in the middle of cycle-mad Southern California in the late 1960s. David’s interests were entirely focused on the off-road side of the sport, with a pressed frame Suzuki 80 scra
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Classic Racing Hit Hard By Coronavirus
The world of sport has seen numerous events, leagues, meetings and occasions cancelled for months in advance thanks to Covid-19… and motorcycle sport has not escaped the momentous effects. All events in the coming weeks have been cancelled, with ever
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Wayne Gardner FACING THE DEVIL
The way Wayne Gardner tore his Honda’s windshield during the 1992 Suzuka GP was really something. At the same time theatrical, so desperate, almost solemn: the energy, the movement, the quickness. The stage was the circuit’s gravel. Rain coming down,
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Governing Body – There To Support Clubs And Racers
Bosses at the governing body of UK motorcycle sport say they are there to support clubs and racers during the ever-tightening restrictions brought on by the coronavirus. The Auto-Cycle Union has released the following statement from its chairman Roy
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Whatever Happened To Eric Hinton
Eric Hinton was the second of three sons born to one of the great names of Australian motorsport, Harry Hinton, and his wife, Vienie. Harry was born in Aston, Birmingham, in 1909, but his family emigrated to Australia soon after the end of the First
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Period Disc Brakes Permitted
Machines in the ACU 500cc classic championship will now be allowed by the CRMC to use period disc brakes. It’s the first time they have been allowed in the larger capacity class, although 350cc machines in this championship have been allowed to use d
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Extra Assen date for Endurance Championship
Coronavirus permitting, a fourth round at Assen has been added to this year’s FIM Europe Vintage Endurance Championship calendar. The Assen date is June 5-7, and joins Paul Ricard (May 8-10), Spa (July 3-5), and Misano (October 8-10) on the schedule
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New Rider Programme Provides A Free Start With Crmc Races
In a move aimed at encouraging new or returning riders to take part in events, Novice or Intermediate Novice licence holders will this year get free entry for their first race with the CRMC. The free entry covers the cost of one set of races over a r
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Tony Rutter (1941-2020)
Road racing legend and multiple TT winner Tony Rutter passed away on March 24. Seven times a TT winner between 1973 and 1985, he was also a multiple British championship winner and GP racer. He was also the winner of four consecutive Formula Two cham
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Welcome
In a world seemingly gone absolutely mad over the last few weeks, sometimes we all just need a few minutes to escape and wind down. So welcome to a magazine which might just help in doing that. Of course you’ll notice that some things are different
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Historic Display Planned For Croft Finale
A display of Grand Prix and historic bikes is being organised for the CRMC season finale at Croft on October 3/4. The Croft display will be similar to the CRMC Donington Classic Festival displays, with the opportunity to parade the bikes on track in
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Colin Seeley
Look through the eligibility records of the CRMC and the name Seeley comes up time and time again. Sometimes it’s for Seeley G50s, which were a complete bike sold to be raced in everything from GPs to Brands Hatch scratching with Bemsee on a Saturday
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Racing Shorts From
Legendary circuit Paul Ricard is up for sale – again. Currently owned by the ex-wife of Bernie Ecclestone, Slavica Ecclestone, the circuit is a going concern with an airport and two hotels included. When does a rider really retire? Not now for Jorge
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Msv Invests In Improvements
Jonathan Palmer’s MSV group has been busy over the winter months, spending considerable amounts of money on improvements to four of their already excellent facilities – Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park, Snetterton and Oulton Park all benefitting from exten
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“Prepare for World War Three!”
These were the words of Andy Molnar, who owns and runs Molnar Precision Limited. Andy and his company are known and respected around the world as manufacturers and builders of high performance classic motorcycles for the road and track. For the past
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Norton Motorcycles Goes Into Administration
BDO Accounting Group has been announced as administrator to Norton Motorcycle Holdings and Norton Motorcycles UK, as well as two other companies owned by Stuart Garner; Donington Hall Estates and the Priest House Hotel. Garner bought the company in 2
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