As expected, two issues in and it’s been a mixed response – but please, if you’re going to write then enclose a return address so at least we have the chance to put forward our reckoning and reasoning. And just sending in, anonymously, a list of abuse with the words ‘DARE YOU TO PRINT THIS’ is not ever going to get printed. Why would we? Fair criticism will be responded to if we’ve the means.
The reason we have had to change is to try and encourage new readers to the magazine and consequently (hopefully) new followers to this great hobby of classic motorcycling. The idea was to introduce some shorter, quickfire pieces to entice and intrigue those new to classics. By tweaking the running order we’ve also managed to help our advertisers (by getting their ads further up front) and give more space in the rest of the mag for longer features unbroken by adverts. In theory, everybody wins, but unfortunately some people have interpreted the changes as having more adverts than before... which isn’t the case.
Well, fingers crossed we can make forward strides, which will mean that requests for extra pages won’t fall on deaf ears and, perhaps, we could then include a couple more of the longer (five page) features too. None of us claimed we’d come up with the definitive and absolute formula; we’re just trying to make the best mag we can. It should and will evolve and everyone has the opportunity to put their views across, which will be considered and, if appropriate, acted upon.
This issue we’ve managed an eclectic mix. We’re particularly pleased to have secured our interview with Murray Walker, who graciously gave up his time to answer Andy Westlake’s questions and then went along to the generous George Greenland’s to look over a pair of Norton 500Ts. Indeed, I was lucky enough to recently meet Murray at the Sunbeam MCC’s fabulous Graham Walker Run from Beaulieu (there’ll be a report next month) where Sammy Miller kindly made available his recently restored 1930 AJS inline four (more of that later, too) for me to ride.
A truly memorable day, in many ways, and that’s what classic motorcycling should be about; good fun, camaraderie and a celebration of varied tastes. We’re trying to get others into our hobby to share that joy... and that’s the primary motivation behind our changes.
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.