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The Early Years of FAUSTO GRESINI
Watching the racing in his native Imola, Gresini was drawn to the sport, especially the famous F750 races held there, featuring his hero, Marco Lucchinelli. Fausto: “Day by day it improved – the passion. My first motorcycle, in 1979, was a Minarelli,
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Boxing Clever
To win at Goodwood, BMW are entering one of their most recent acquisitions, the legendary RS500 OL Special built in the US in the 1960s by German ex-pat Oscar Liebmann and raced to copious success in the US and Canada by his son Kurt. It was an honou
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Good bye, Gene
Gene Romero had an unlikely start for a motorcycle racing legend, having spent four years racing quarter midgets and two additional years racing karts. His direction in motorsport was redirected by his neighbour and motorcycle racer Johnny LaManto. H
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Mick Doohan’s Last Ride
The distinctive Repsol Honda had been fastest in the morning’s free practice. The afternoon counted for grid positions, but lunchtime rain had dampened proceedings. Now the first 500 qualifying session was almost half done, with the puddles drying an
Classic Racer1 min readFashion & Beauty
Richa Toulon 2 Riding Jacket Worth £296.99
Here’s the next instalment in our Classic Racer Crossword series. If you’re the first person to have their correct and completed entry drawn out of the upturned helmet, you’ll be the proud owner of this Richa Toulon 2 jacket. For this year, Richa has
Classic Racer11 min read
John Williams A Private Matter
Back to the racing and the season started in the worst possible fashion at the Daytona 200, when a high speed spill, due to a brake fault, left John with a fractured skull and injured ankle, forcing him to miss the opening round of the Formula 750cc
Classic Racer5 min read
Readers Write
Dear CR Yet another great mag (#198 July/August) and the where and when picture did indeed get me thinking, so many cross issues to note. To start, the two Nortons made me think 1973 but then Ago is on a Yamaha so it has to be 1974 (and Sheene with
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Whatever Happened To? MICHAEL O’ROURKE
Michael was born on April 11,1931 in Plumstead London and the family later moved to Camberwell. His father Bill was a butcher by trade, but he was also a grasstrack rider so as a boy, Mike inevitably spent most of his weekends at grass meetings. He e
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Webster Stars At Stafford
Steve Webster, the most successful sidecar racer of all time, will be guest of honour at the Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show this October. He always attracted a large audience during his racing days, and now fans have the chance to meet
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Pre-tt Classic Jamie’s Day
A luckless Alan Oversby pushed Coward hard in both the 350cc and 500cc races before being forced to retire, while Coward could also argue that he was on for even more possible successes in two other races when he was beset by mechanical issues. Enjoy
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Specialist spotlight LOUIGI MOTO
CR: HOW DIDYOU GET INTO BIKES? RL: As a boy I had a fascination for motorcycles and aeroplanes and I was the most excited kid in the street when I got my first bike – an FS1E – in the spring of 1976 when I was 16. Man, that summer was the best. I had
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Farewell Itoh-san
It is with great sadness that I write this tribute to a long-time Japanese Suzuki Team icon who was one of Suzuki’s flagship riders and my friend of 59 years. When we first met each other at the 1960 TT, whilst sharing the same hotel, I was riding as
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The Bob Mac
The Bob Mac meeting gives fans and riders alike a true sense of what classic racing is meant to be, with plenty to hear, smell and vibrate through the feet over the course of two days. This year proved to be a very special occasion as Bob’s daughter
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Welcome Thank you
Making the world’s favourite motorcycle racing publication isn’t always a smooth task.  Malc and I spend ages looking at possible features and iconic motorcycles before deciding on the direction of a certain issue. Then it’s into negotiation with wr
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Record Breaking Weekend Of Classic Action
British Historic Racing’s third racing weekend of the year was held at the lovely one-mile-long Kent circuit of Lydden, just a few miles outside of Dover. It’s always good to see when circuit owners invest in their facility, and that’s certainly true
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The Madness Of Millyard On Show At Stafford
Genius engineer Allen Millyard, will be showcasing many of his wild and wacky creations at The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show in October when he is a guest of honour. Allen is renowned for creating mind-boggling bikes, having built mor
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Creating A Great Event
The couple of months since I penned my last column have, to say the least, been pretty packed. I don’t think the Wheeler camper wheels have stopped turning for long since we returned from our extended, and a little dampTT. Obviously, as soon as the
Classic Racer2 min read
Ago Headlines The Classic Tt
Ten timeTT race winner Giacomo Agostini has confirmed he will appear at this summer’s ClassicTT Races. The legendary Italian, who has 15 world championship titles to his name, will ride the iconic Robert Iannucci owned 350cc MV Agusta ‘Quattro Cilind
Classic Racer9 min read
John Williams A Private Matter
Having already put himself in the record books at the Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200, being the first rider to take a hat-trick at each, the Cheshire rider eventually took a hugely impressive 16 international road race wins only for a crash at
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Sidecar Date At Cadwell
Following last year’s successful Sidecar Revival at Cadwell Park, the event returns to the picturesque Lincolnshire circuit over the weekend of June 22-23. There is a VIP reception planned for the celebrity guests at the Grand Hall on Friday evening,
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Fast Down Under
Ex-Grand Prix racer Jeremy McWilliams and Aaron Morris, one of Australia’s most under-rated riders, took Aussie classic racing to a new level at Sydney’s QBE International Festival of Speed. In dry conditions on the first day of racing, their titanic
Classic Racer2 min read
All Time Record For Bonhams At Star Studded Stafford
Star names, a bike ridden by one of the most famous riders in history and a record near-£4 million auction all contributed to a smash hit Stafford show this spring. The Bonhams auction was, as usual, a real attraction for the 39th Carole Nash Interna
Classic Racer8 min read
1972 The Greatest Bathurst Battle
Anything can happen when two goliaths take to the track in search of victory, especially when the ultimate prize is on Australia’s most famous circuit. It’s one thing to win at Bathurst, yet quite another to be first across the finish line after what
Classic Racer2 min read
Aw, Dammit...
Elsewhere on these opening pages of CR you can read Malc’s thoughts about spending time with Gene Romero, who passed away recently. Malc, quite rightly, views his time with the On Any Sunday star – and wonderfully talented racing icon – as a treat. I
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