Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP - TC Tony Carter

Hello and wel­come to this month’s Clas­sic Racer. I sin­cerely hope you en­joy it. As my long-time friend, men­tor and fel­low pad­dock-gos­sip sharer Malc ex­plained in the last is­sue of this fine rac­ing pub­li­ca­tion, I am now in the hot seat. As such, th­ese types of wel­com­ing col­umns from new ed­i­tors tend to be pretty much the same type of thing from who­ever takes over the role. So let’s get that out of the way quickly, so that we can all just get on with what we love so much – rac­ing! Firstly, I can’t thank Malc and the folk at Mor­tons enough for putting me into this chair. Clas­sic Racer is a mag­a­zine that I’ve had for years amid my ‘es­sen­tial’ read­ing list. I love rac­ing, I love the his­tory of our sport and I love CR. Thanks Malc, I won’t crash it at the first cor­ner. Prom­ise. Se­condly, thank you for pick­ing the mag­a­zine up and look­ing at it un­der my first time at the helm. I value you, the CR reader, above ev­ery­thing. You are the most im­por­tant as­pect of Clas­sic Racer and you al­ways will be. That is the sim­ple truth. I am keep­ing the mag­a­zine the same (noth­ing here is broke... to use an old race say­ing) so please don’t panic on that score. Clas­sic Racer will con­tinue to be the best place to go for the greats of the track. Thirdly, Malc is not gone. Not by a long shot. He’s go­ing to con­tinue to be a strong part of Clas­sic Racer. Al­though the chief might now be re­lax­ing and en­joy­ing more time main­tain­ing the Du­cati, he’s still con­tribut­ing to CR and will con­tinue to be at many events and meetings too. I couldn’t (and wouldn’t want to) do this job with­out my old mate’s mind to spar with about all mat­ters rac­ing. Fi­nally, please feel free to get in touch with any­thing you want to see on th­ese pages. I’d re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate hear­ing from you about what you’d like to see in CR and what ar­eas or pe­ri­ods in rac­ing you want to know more about. Have a great time this year and let’s all be quick and safe. And if we’re not rid­ing, let’s en­joy some great rac­ing mem­o­ries and cur­rent ac­tion with good friends. Very best wishes,

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