Wel­come

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

It was whilst Malc and I were talk­ing/ plan­ning/wast­ing a bit of time telling sto­ries etc (delete what­ever you think ap­pro­pri­ate) that we in­evitably got on to the sub­ject of our favourite races and rac­ers. More specif­i­cally, the rac­ers who we haven’t yet fea­tured in CR and would re­ally like to. Now, as the per­son who steers this ship with Malc’s as­sis­tance I’ve got a long list of favourite rac­ers I want to fea­ture – Malc has a long list too. It’s a fine list. But what we know is our list needs to ab­so­lutely be on point with your list. For in­stance, I want to run a fea­ture about Dave Leach. I was a big Leach fan when he was at the height of his pow­ers and I loved watch­ing him on­the Is­land and short cir­cuits. The same fan­dom sur­rounds Paul ‘Marra’ Brown, Jay Vin­cent and a whole host of oth­ers from a time where a per­fectly set-up carbed bike, the right fac­tory kit and, more im­por­tantly, the good tyres for race­day, al­lowed those with tal­ent to take it to the es­tab­lished, world stars. Malc’s list of racing he­roes is equally di­verse, split be­tween the huge names of the time and the nearly-men who would shine brightly when they were al­lowed, or worked out the money to get that foot in the door. The point is, CR is never go­ing to be just about the big names and the big bikes of any time gone past. I’m keen to prod the in­ter­est of all of you and I know (boy… do I know…) how pas­sion­ate and quick to ad­mon­ish me some CR read­ers are if we get it wrong. So, I don’t want to. Ob­vi­ously I want to make this mag­a­zine even stronger and to con­tinue the huge growth we’ve seen in the past cou­ple of years. But the best way to do that is to de­liver more of whatyou want. So let us know the big names and the nearly men, plus their machines, who you want to see in fu­ture is­sues. Malc and I sin­cerely wel­come any and all sug­ges­tions and we’ll con­sider them all for CR’S next phase. We can fill this mag­a­zine many times over, but it’s the fine tun­ing of how we do that which will bag us a fly­ing lap each is­sue.think of it as tun­ing. We’ve got the sheer grunt and there’s loads of time in the ses­sion left, if you have an idea on a tweak here and there then let us know and we’ll head out to see how well it goes. Happy Newyear to you all and here’s to a fan­tas­tic sea­son and 12 months all round.

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