Add to that the unrest in the Middle East, particularly Libya, and it all adds up to a world which is in somewhat of a muddle.
It’s incredible how things happen, with what all seemed quiet and settled at one point, now erupting into chaos. Our thoughts to all and it certainly puts what we may consider to be ‘problems’ into perspective. Sure, there’s plenty to do at work and in the shed, entries to sort out for various events, motorcycles to service, ferries to book, hotels to secure – but they’re not real ‘problems.’
Actually, for us in the classic world this time of the year is really as good as it gets – anticipation of the coming riding season is running high, with excitement building.
So what’s on the menu? Well, plenty... including Banbury, while I’ve put my name forward to ride in the Irish rally again, I’ve also an entry in for the Coupes Moto Legende at Dijon. Last year we found quite hard going, mainly as we were a bit wide-eyed and didn’t know what to expect – this year I’ve been ‘talked into’ riding there too, in the company of former TCM editor Phillip Tooth, so it’s going to be even more epic! But as Phillip pointed out, he rode all the way last year on his vintage Model 18; the ’55 Thunderbird (for that’s the ‘chosen one’) should ace it...
Mention of Phillip’s Model 18 takes me on to flat-tankers in general – we hope you enjoy everything in this issue, including our seven pages on machines from the 1915-28 period. Although some of the more experienced among you may dislike the feature for being somewhat basic, it will at least hopefully provoke a bit of debate as to our selections...
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.