HOW DO WE COM­PARE?

Classic Racer - - READER WRITE -

Dear CR We cam­paign a brace of 4DP TZ250S with the Amer­i­can His­toric Rac­ing Mo­tor­cy­cle As­so­ci­a­tion (AHRMA). We are now in our fifth sea­son of full par­tic­i­pa­tion with six or seven events each year. In 2018 we are de­fend­ing our third Open Two-stroke class cham­pi­onship. As a some­what es­tab­lished fix­ture in the pad­dock (with 25 and 26-yearold bikes that are ‘mod­ern’ to some) we have watched the AHRMA or­ga­ni­za­tion wres­tle with class struc­ture and the fi­nan­cial re­al­i­ties of vis­it­ing some of the best tracks in the States, re­spond­ing to turnout of var­i­ous bikes of a va­ri­ety of vin­tages and of­fer­ing a mix of mod­ern classes to help the bot­tom line. The de­bates about class struc­ture rage con­stantly, largely on so­cial me­dia. There are a va­ri­ety of smaller vin­tage rac­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions with WERA the largest mixed in with their ex­ten­sive mod­ern club rac­ing pro­gram and other smaller more ge­o­graph­i­cally lim­ited ‘lo­cal’ or­ga­ni­za­tions as long travel dis­tances con­spire to keep the vin­tage di­as­pora from co­a­lesc­ing more of­ten. With this in mind, it would be of in­ter­est how other or­ga­ni­za­tions in other coun­tries choose their class and fi­nan­cial struc­ture. Your oc­ca­sional cov­er­age of our events are a treat, but it would be in­ter­est­ing to read more of your im­pres­sions, even if crit­i­cal, of the depth of our fields and our pro­gram as it com­pares to other gath­er­ings. Keep up the good work. We get a lot of help from your in­ter­na­tional ad­ver­tis­ers. Mike Bootes Cincin­nati, US

Hello Mike, very good to hear from you. I’ve cho­sen to print this let­ter here so that the huge col­lec­tive font of knowl­edge and opin­ion that’s the Classic Racer read­er­ship might be able to help you with what you want to know. I cer­tainly can’t think of a bet­ter bunch of fans and en­thu­si­asts of the sport we all love who are more qual­i­fied to throw their tu­pen­neth in. Tony

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