The core of The Classic MotorCycle though continues to celebrate old motorcycles – and old technology, the kind of thing one can sit down, work out and understand.
While whoever said ‘simplicity is king’ was probably overstating it – they did have a point. In our increasingly digital age, I still like to have something tangible in my hands – be it a magazine or a photograph.
This came to mind recently when I was down covering the Pioneer Run; for the first time in my time here I had the ‘card’ in my digital camera ‘corrupt.’ It rendered all my images bar a few unusable. Luckily, Ian Kerr and Alan Turner were able to ‘rally’ to the cause and supply pictures – thanks guys! – but I lost an awful lot of pictures, including those I’d taken ‘on the front’ of owners with their machines – so if we spoke at Brighton and I took your picture and it’s not in, please accept my apologies, it was beyond my control.
This increasingly digital age does worry me. I love being able to look through the old prints, glass plates and indeed correspondence here in our archive – but what will be the situation in 10, 20 or 30 years? Will we look back on this age as ‘the great undocumented time’ as with pictures increasingly digital and correspondence via email, what’s being kept? Well, back-up CDs are retained – but in the same way as floppy discs (remember them?) have become obsolete and so practically unreadable, will the same happen with CDs? Unquestionably, yes. What we’ll be left with is a gaping void, one suspects.
However, a magazine like The Classic MotorCycle will remain as a ‘thing’ you can hold well into the future, so long as it’s been saved. It can’t be accidentally deleted with the push of a button or the click of a mouse. Perhaps, what with the worldwide web and all that’s associated with it, we may be a slightly ‘old hat’ as a medium – but what we celebrate, after all, is ‘old hat’ in itself, so perhaps the magazine format suits us ideally after all. We certainly think so; we hope you do too.
Enjoy the issue,
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.