Another Clas­sic TT has passed and a re­ally great event it was once again, although sadly things all turned a bit sour after the con­tro­ver­sial Clas­sic Su­per­bike Race. For me there were some great high­lights, not least the pop­u­lar­ity and suc­cess of the Clas­sic Racer Lap of Hon­our, which, thank­fully, passed off safely with ev­ery­one who got to ride the iconic Moun­tain Cir­cuit re­ally en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence. I was al­ways con­vinced that the Clas­sic TT would be a great suc­cess, but the speed with which it has evolved has sur­prised even me. Of course there will al­ways be a doubter, that’s al­ways the case with any new ven­ture or event; hu­man na­ture means we don’t like change, but far from fall­ing at the first hur­dle the Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­cy­cling has been a huge suc­cess and brought much needed pounds in to the Is­land’s econ­omy. It has a great fu­ture. There were sev­eral very spe­cial mo­ments for me this year, which I have in­cluded in Pad­dock Gos­sip, but the one that topped them all was Phil Armes’ amaz­ing lap, in the Clas­sic Racer Lap of Hon­our, aboard his 675 Tri­umph. Phil was left paral­ysed after a crash in the Ul­ster Grand Prix, but it hasn’t stopped him liv­ing a full and suc­cess­ful life. Our lead story puts some meat on the bones of the planned Clas­sic En­durance Leg­ends week­end planned for Don­ing­ton Park next May and a great event it looks set to be. Hav­ing re­ally en­joyed some great clas­sic en­durance rac­ing at Spa Fran­cor­champs, I for one am re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. As we al­ways try to do here at Clas­sic Racer we are get­ting be­hind the guys putting in all the hard work with Clas­sic En­durance Leg­ends and we will have a pres­ence at Don­ing­ton Park dur­ing the event.

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