LET­TERS

How could we refuse to give a good home to these pins that were head­ing for the bin?

Classic Bike (UK) - - CONTENTS - Gary P

Fresh from the post­box

Thanks for fea­tur­ing my pho­tos and rather un­spec­tac­u­lar rac­ing his­tory in the July is­sue of Clas­sic

Bike. Be­ing 74 years old, with all my friends hav­ing moved away, the rac­ing bikes are all gone now, but I’m tempted to try and get back into the sport again, maybe with a non-com­pet­i­tive

BSA Vic­tor.

Mean­while, go­ing through old bits around here, I came across these medals that the California Rac­ing Club (CRC) handed out for off-road Grand Prix races, which are a cross be­tween mo­tocross and desert rac­ing. My kids (37 and 34) have no in­ter­est in them, have fam­i­lies of their own and live far away (Ger­many and Texas). I imag­ine when I’m gone, they’ll just get tossed out. So I thought you might be in­ter­ested in see­ing them. And then af­ter you have ooh-ed and aah-ed over them, you can toss them out. I fig­ure they’re des­tined for the rub­bish bin any­way. Hope you find them amus­ing.

BURL ESTES, MIS­SION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA

Hi Burl, thanks for send­ing the pins. Far from throw­ing them away, they’ll be kept and cher­ished as an in­sight into California of­froad rac­ing cul­ture. I’ve still got all my rally badges in a dis­play cabi­net on the wall from a short pe­riod of years (1979 to ’84-ish) when we used to ride all over Europe in pur­suit of crazy camp­ing and drink­ing week­ends. I guess many of us collect piles of mem­o­ra­bilia along the way.

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