Call for calm

Classic Racer - - ARCHIVE -

Dear CR Nice mag – al­ways in­ter­est­ing and as a re­cent new­comer to clas­sic rac­ing – I get to learn a lot about the his­tory of rac­ing too. On the sub­ject of the cur­rent replica/ re-cre­ation/look-a-like de­bate – can I please call for a lit­tle calm? I fully un­der­stand that those who are in­ter­ested in the ‘real thing’ will al­ways find any­thing else to be in­fe­rior. The fact is that these orig­i­nal bikes are very costly to ac­quire and keep run­ning, and so without repli­cas/re-cre­ations/ call-them-what-you-like, orig­i­nal rac­ing bikes risk be­com­ing mu­seum pieces. I’d also like to re­mind the purists that rac­ing mo­tor­cy­cles have al­ways un­der­gone changes, up­dates and im­prove­ments – so it seems to be a bit of a moot point about what ac­tu­ally con­sti­tutes an orig­i­nal bike in any case. I think that pro­vided those who build new ver­sions of orig­i­nals do so in the right spirit – i.e. not try to pass them off as orig­i­nals (which I be­lieve is called ‘fraud’), but in­stead are con­tent to have a very nice ma­chine that they race and so give pleasure to lots of spec­ta­tors – then I re­ally don’t see the harm. It’s what pro­vides a ready sup­ply of new­com­ers to the sport, which surely is a good thing. I’m a long-time mo­tor­cy­clist but quite new to clas­sic rac­ing. As a new­comer there’s no chance of me be­ing able to jus­tify the cost of buy­ing an orig­i­nal race bike. In­stead, I race a con­verted road bike ‘in the style of’ a works Suzuki TR500 – not a copy, but in­spired by. At race meet­ings there’s never any ques­tion of it be­ing a copy, and yet still there are lots of folk stop­ping for a good nose at and chat about the bike. Plus it’s an­other bike on the grid keep­ing rac­ing alive and healthy. Isn’t that what we all should be en­cour­ag­ing? Re­gards to all Antony Per­rett

Thanks for writ­ing, Antony. Wel­come to CR. I’m sure your letter will get a bit of re­sponse and I echo your sen­ti­ment for calm. En­joy what you ride. Tony

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