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An­other pas­sage of time passes us by and some of you have cho­sen to mark the past few weeks with a mis­sive to Clas­sic Racer. Good on you and thank you very much for the cor­re­spon­dence – we en­joy ev­ery sin­gle let­ter, email and pi­geon that lands at Racer Tow­ers.

Dear CR There were some great points and sug­ges­tions in the last is­sue of CR about the cur­rent in­ter­est by the wider au­di­ence of clas­sic rac­ing. There is a grow­ing in­ter­est and de­mand to see real race bikes rid­den by peo­ple who are hav­ing fun and en­joy­ing them­selves – and have a go them­selves. Or­gan­i­sa­tions like the CRMC, BHRC and Auto 66 Club (and many oth­ers) have been work­ing tire­lessly for years to raise the pro­file of clas­sic rac­ing to at­tract rid­ers, vis­i­tors and spon­sors. Luck­ily, they are thriv­ing now but many have been close to the fi­nan­cial wire. The suc­cess of the Clas­sic TT and Euro­pean events (Bikers Clas­sic, Chi­may etc), Fes­ti­val of Jurby and the Mal­lory Bo­nanza, have dra­mat­i­cally in­creased the level of in­ter­est and ex­panded the op­por­tu­ni­ties for rid­ers and their bikes. Not for­get­ting the highly suc­cess­ful in­dus­try built on pro­vid­ing ev­ery­thing you need, from a new Manx Nor­ton and Suzuki XR69 to a Du­cati TT2 frame and seat unit for a TZ250. Luck­ily Rob and Darin of En­durance Leg­ends (and Clas­sic Bike Track Days) are pas­sion­ate about cre­at­ing events that ev­ery­one can take part in. And luck­ily for us had the com­mit­ment and deep pock­ets to keep go­ing. Their part­ner­ship with the CRMC and the Fes­ti­val at Don­ing­ton at the begin­ning of Au­gust demon­strates the ‘build it and they will come’ ap­proach which you are pro­mot­ing. The cir­cuit own­ers play a key part in en­abling these events to take place and sup­port the clubs and pro­mot­ers. The cost of rent­ing the tracks are eye-wa­ter­ingly high and the gate re­ceipts (gen­er­ally) go to them not the or­gan­is­ers. If the costs and risks of stag­ing events were shared how many more peo­ple, spon­sors and com­pa­nies would step up and in­vest in the clas­sic rac­ing scene? The real chal­lenge is to bring to­gether the key par­ties and agree a shared vi­sion, ap­proach and sched­ule to re­duce the event clashes. So, who is pre­pared to ini­ti­ate the first meet­ing and take up the chal­lenge for the clas­sic com­mu­nity and turn it into a vi­able and sus­tain­able voice? You can’t have ev­ery­one there as noth­ing would be de­cided. The pro­posal would be to have the key bod­ies and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from each sec­tor. My vote for the first meet­ing would be: Auto-sports body – ACU Clas­sic rac­ing club – CRMC Cir­cuit own­ers – MSV Event de­vel­op­ment – TT and Clas­sic TT Of­fi­cials – BMMC Pro­mot­ers – En­durance Leg­ends Pub­li­ca­tions – Clas­sic Racer Race team – Clas­sic Suzuki Sales/pro­mo­tion – Duke mar­ket­ing One ma­jor item to add to the first agenda: at­tract­ing new rid­ers. This is not only cru­cial for the longterm suc­cess of clas­sic rac­ing but we need peo­ple to take over the legacy of our race bikes. So, who is up for the task and will vol­un­teer to make it hap­pen? How about book­ing a room and get­ting things started? Michael Baggs email

Thanks for the let­ter Michael, lots of good points made there. What do the rest of the rac­ing world think about this then? Let us know in the usual way. It’d be ter­rific to get a host of rac­ing brains in­volved and to­gether for se­ri­ous talks about that next step. TC

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