Old Hat Ed­i­to­rial

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS -

(Au­thor un­known, but pos­si­bly Edgar Jes­sop)

Wel­come to our seventy-fifth is­sue – an odyssey that be­gan more than 12 years ago with what was ini­tially in­tended to be a twice-yearly mag­a­zine. That idea lasted just two is­sues be­fore we went quar­terly, then bi-monthly, and fi­nally, seven times per year. Each of those steps was in re­sponse to in­creas­ing sales, both at the news­stand and via sub­scrip­tion, and by sup­port from our ad­ver­tis­ers, with­out which we would be long gone as print­ing and dis­tribut­ing pa­per mag­a­zines is a costly busi­ness. Some of those ad­ver­tis­ers have been with us since is­sue num­ber one; Tri­umph, Royal En­field, Mo­to­ci­clo, Pro­cy­cles, Clas­sic Style (then called Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Ware­house), Shan­nons In­sur­ance and The Na­tional Mo­tor Rac­ing Mu­seum. Thank you to all our ad­ver­tis­ers and we like to think we have brought value to your mar­ket­ing cam­paigns along the way.

And let’s not for­get Pete ‘Cob’ Smith, who has penned his col­umn for ev­ery sin­gle is­sue ex­cept is­sue num­ber one, and never missed a dead­line. Well prior to is­sue num­ber two, I was driv­ing around Mel­bourne speak­ing to prospec­tive ad­ver­tis­ers when I re­ceived a phone call from Cob, who had just read the in­au­gu­ral is­sue and was very en­thu­si­as­tic about the fu­ture of the ti­tle. Be­ing an habitué of the swap meet scene, Cob hears all the gos­sip, and when I sug­gested he come on board as a reg­u­lar colum­nist, he did so with­out hes­i­ta­tion. As a for­mer po­lice de­tec­tive, he said he was used to writ­ing re­ports, so a few words for OBA would be a snack. Thanks heaps Cob.

The ethos of OBA has al­ways been home-spun; the per­son­al­i­ties, events and mo­tor­cy­cles that are part of our rich her­itage. And on that note I must praise the pho­tog­ra­phers who have made their work avail­able to us; with­out the im­ages from peo­ple like Michael An­drews, Rob Lewis, Keith Ward, the late Char­lie Rice, Doug Voss and many oth­ers, this mag­a­zine would sim­ply not have been pos­si­ble. Please, don’t lock those photo al­bums away, share them with us and thou­sands of oth­ers.

So where do we go from here? Well, OBA is now the most widely-read clas­sic mag­a­zine in the south­ern hemi­sphere, so why change a win­ning for­mula? In re­al­ity, the for­mat of the mag­a­zine has re­mained the same from the out­set, and from the feed­back we re­ceive, read­ers like it that way. I keep think­ing that per­haps our most pop­u­lar reg­u­lar fea­ture, Tracks in Time, must soon reach its con­clu­sion, and then along comes an­other lead from Aus­tralia or New Zea­land, so you can look for­ward to quite a few more yet in that se­ries.

OBA rep­re­sents a lot of work by a very small num­ber of peo­ple, not least Mrs Ed­i­tor Sue who han­dles most of the ad­ver­tis­ing sales, does all the proof read­ing, and quite a bit of the pho­tog­ra­phy. And then there’s Mat Clancy, our in­de­fati­ga­ble art direc­tor whose bril­liant de­sign work has been praised from the be­gin­ning, and who is also re­spon­si­ble for our re­cently-launched web site. So that’s enough re­flect­ing, time to get back to work, is­sue 76 beck­ons!






OUR COVERDave Cole on Kevin Grant’s Duacti Su­per­mono at the NZCMRR Fes­ti­val at Pukekohe. See fea­ture story on P58.

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