Luckily, none of our group fell off and nothing was badly broken, so all we can do is move onwards and upwards and add a philosophical ‘there’s always next year’.
The whole point was to try and bring a few new faces into the event which we did, to a point, achieve. All the guys who came along are really keen to come back next year, when hopefully we’ll have a bit more luck.
Otherwise, it’s onwards and upwards with our revamped version of The Classic MotorCycle. We’ve still got some tweaking to do and the plan is we continue to ‘evolve’, making the magazine as interesting and accessible as possible; there’s so much enjoyment to be had in this old motorcycle world and it’s a case of trying to get more and more people enthused. I’m lucky in that I’ve always had access to old motorbikes and dad is always happy for anyone to have a ride on his machines, working on the principle, if it breaks, it can be fixed. After Banbury, he’s had plenty of fixing to do… sorry dad.
Almost as an ‘accompaniment’ to Banbury, the VMCC’s training days have gone from strength to strength too, with people wanting a go on (and becoming fascinated by) older machinery. The interest is there; we all have to encourage it. After coming to 1000 Bikes with us, a mate has just bought his first ‘old bike’ (a 1959 heavyweight Ajay, in boxes… lots of boxes…) while another pal had his first ride at the festival on another one dragged from our shed.
On a rare non-motorcycling weekend, we had a trip to the Shuttleworth collection the other day, which came just a fortnight after Brooklands and led to more exposure to old aeroplanes; just when I thought I didn’t have enough ‘money drains’ in my life, along comes potentially another.
A Tiger Moth (I’m relatively modest in my plane-owning aspirations…) has been added to the most recent Robinson wish list, alongside the AJS Porcupine (seen at 1000 Bikes the weekend before last), Brough Superior ‘Moby Dick,’ a lightweight E-type Jag, a MkVIII KTT, Thor, a CS1… and that’s just from the last few weeks.
Oh well, it’s good to dream…
Where legends come to life
James Robinson, Editor
James Robinson has been the editor of The Classic MotorCycle since 2002. Aged 34, he has possessed a motorcycle licence for 16 years and during that time has owned and ridden all manner of motorcycles, spanning over 100 years from oldest to newest.
Presently the custodian of a varied shed full of motorcycles, his overriding enthusiasm is for pre-World War Two sporting machines, with a couple of cammy Velos, a Rex-Acme and a Model 9 Sunbeam among those competing for attention.