Classic rac­ing has lost its roots

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

Dear CR It was in­ter­est­ing read­ing Mal­cwheeler’s com­ments re­gard­ing sev­eral present IOMTT and BSB rac­ers win­ning/lead­ing the lat­est Is­land Classic down un­der and the Classic (Manx)tt races. I can un­der­stand that modern rac­ers love to race classic bikes and it raises the aware­ness of our sport, but they al­ready have a se­ries to show­case their tal­ents. I be­lieve classic rac­ing has lost its roots and has now be­come a busi­ness. I watch and com­pete in classic rac­ing for the sight, sound and smell of the old bikes and the past cham­pi­ons that raced these his­toric bikes. Am­a­teur classic rac­ers love to ride their own re­stored and tuned bikes in a race with sim­i­lar minded com­pany and I be­lieve they are be­ing pushed out by pro­fes­sion­als. I was lucky to have had the chance to race at the Is­land Classic from 2007 to 2010 and the changes were al­ready hap­pen­ing. The older pe­riod bikes raced by en­thu­si­asts were be­ing re­placed by the more modern ‘clas­sics’ rid­den by hired guns. Read­ing the race re­ports, it ap­pears to be an on­go­ing trend. I will be go­ing to watch this year’s Classic TT and I hope the pre­vi­ous sea­son’s ‘ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties’ don’t dampen my en­thu­si­asm for a sport I care dearly about. John Martin

Hello John, What an in­ter­est­ing let­ter (and one to pro­voke much de­bate, I’ll wager). I won­der if you, or any of CR’S read­er­ship see the new and the old liv­ing side-by-side or are we head­ing to a time where one will nat­u­rally su­per­sede the other – if by noth­ing more than at­tri­tion. If we are to find that one as­pect of our sport is to flag be­cause of the other then what’s the an­swer to head­ing that off at the pass? I’d be fas­ci­nated to hear your thoughts and we will print the best let­ters on these pages in up­com­ing is­sues. Best wishes Tony

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