Classic Racer - - READERS WRITE -

Dear CR I’d like to voice my opin­ion on what I have seen dur­ing my first vis­its to what you might call the clas­sic racing world, in the hope that some­body will read this and change. I should ex­plain that I was tempted to ac­tu­ally go to a race or two af­ter firstly pick­ing up your mag­a­zine, be­ing en­cour­aged by what the editor was say­ing about how wel­com­ing the clas­sic racing world was. I raced a few years ago my­self, in the 400 class. I wasn’t go­ing to win any cham­pi­onships but I en­joyed it, and gave up be­cause I found the pad­dock very hos­tile and closed off. If I didn’t know any­body there I was of­ten met with sus­pi­cious and glar­ing looks from oth­ers. So I went to a cou­ple of meet­ings this year to see if the clas­sic world was more my ket­tle of fish. It wasn’t and I don’t know what the editor was talk­ing about. I walked around the pad­dock look­ing at the bikes and tried to talk to peo­ple about them but was met with rude­ness and a very closed-off feeling from ev­ery­one I saw tak­ing part. I like read­ing CR but will I be go­ing to any­thing in clas­sic racing again? No thanks. If I want to feel like I’m watch­ing a clique with its own lan­guage then I’ll go to a foot­ball match and be mis­er­able with ev­ery­one wear­ing the same colour shirts there. I don’t like cliques or groups of peo­ple only there to keep their racing to them­selves. Alan Weston Shrop­shire

Dear Alan I’m so very sorry to read this let­ter. I’ve cho­sen to in­clude it on these pages in the hope that oth­ers from the racing world will read it and re­spond to it too. In my ex­pe­ri­ence of both clas­sic and modern pad­docks there can be lit­tle cor­ners where rac­ers are (rightly) up to their el­bows solv­ing prob­lems and some­time they might seem a tad ‘closed off’ whilst they get on with putting a bike right, but this is a way of racing life that I think is pretty nor­mal. Alan, I’m ab­so­lutely sure that oth­ers will re­spond to this let­ter with pos­i­tiv­ity and of­fers of show­ing you more of the plus side of clas­sic racing. I do hope that when they do you can find it in your­self to give it an­other go. Clas­sic racing and the peo­ple in­volved in it are the very best you’ll find on two wheels. I wish you all the best and plenty of good times in pad­docks to come. Tony

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