Bridge of sighs

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed - Mike An­der­son, email

Loved all the ’80s stuff in the Septem­ber is­sue, es­pe­cially the Chelsea Bridge sto­ries. Any­one who was there knows that it was ex­actly like that, you never knew when some­thing proper mad was go­ing to hap­pen.

There’s noth­ing like it now, ev­ery­thing’s changed so much. Even the Bol d’or is a shadow of what it used to be in terms of off-track mad­ness. And that’s prob­a­bly the last time I’ll go back to any of the places that used to be some­thing to re­ally look for­ward to. Mo­tor­bikes now mean try­ing to fin­ish an RD200 resto with my boy, while book­ing a ferry to take me and the mis­sus to north­ern Spain on the XJR13.

Peo­ple still reckon the Span­ish GP at Jerez is a hoot, so maybe try that next year. Love the mag, but you need more small stuff in it – that’s what the kids have to ride, and they’re the fu­ture. God help us!

Eeeeeeeeeeeeee, them were t’ days

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