Have you got some­thing to say about your old bike? Would you like to see your P&J pre­served on the printed page? Claim your 15 min­utes of fame and write for RealClas­sic…

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➤ WE WANT MORE STO­RIES about real life clas­sic bikes. We like pro­files of a sin­gle model or a com­par­i­son of two ma­chines. Most mag­a­zine fea­tures are be­tween 1000 and 2500 words. If your story is much longer then it’s prob­a­bly not for us. Shorter sto­ries ap­pear in the let­ters sec­tion.

➤ TO SEE WHAT WE MEAN look at the Kawasaki, Har­ley or Ariel ar­ti­cles

➤ DON’T WORRY about your writ­ing, gram­mar or punc­tu­a­tion; we’ll make sure that your ar­ti­cle reads the right way. Just con­cen­trate on telling a good story and we’ll do the rest.

➤ IN­CLUDE AS MUCH INFO as pos­si­ble. Tell the RC read­ers ex­actly what model your clas­sic bike is, when it was built and its his­tory since then. What con­di­tion was it in you bought it? What mods have you made? How well has it per­formed? Did you re­build it from a box of bits? Has it won an award? Have you rid­den it across the coun­try? What’s it like to ride? How does it com­pare to other clas­sics you’ve rid­den? What­ever your clas­sic bike means to you, it’ll be of in­ter­est to other old bike en­thu­si­asts.

➤ NOW’S YOUR CHANCE to share your ex­pe­ri­ences with other own­ers and prospec­tive pur­chasers. Have you dis­cov­ered a se­cret sup­plier of ex­actly the right bolt, nut, washer, rivet, fas­tener, screw, pin, plug, spacer, shim, bear­ing, bush or cog? Can you make your Tri­umph oil-tight? Does your Com­mando start on the but­ton? Or did you make a ghastly mis­take, and can you save some­one else from a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence by ad­mit­ting all?

➤ DON’T FOR­GET to men­tion top sup­pli­ers and any un­sung he­roes who helped you. This is where you can give the good guys the credit they de­serve.

➤ WHAT WE NEED is your story in Word or plain text, plus lots of pho­tos so that ev­ery­one can see what you’re talk­ing about. We need at least dozen pho­tos: 20-plus is bet­ter. Take the pics against a clear back­ground, and show

BOTH SIDES of the bike from sev­eral dif­fer­ent an­gles. Make sure the bike is in the light, and not in the shad­ows. We can use old-fash­ioned pho­tos or dig­i­tal jpgs. Dig­i­tal im­ages must be 2MB or big­ger.

➤ YOUR EF­FORTS will be re­warded with com­pli­men­tary copies of the is­sue your story ap­pears in, an ex­tended mag­a­zine sub­scrip­tion, and an ex­tra ‘some­thing spe­cial’ to say thanks. Plus, of course, you’ll have your 15 min­utes of fame…

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