The intention was never to alienate the old guard but to try and create something in the middle which appeals to those less familiar with the classic scene, while still sating those entrenched in it. Of course, we’re not going to satisfy everyone, every issue – but we are trying our best. We know it’s not perfect – nothing ever is – but at least we’re giving it a go, rather than just sitting back and letting the whole thing gradually, painfully, slowly die, like death by a thousand cuts, as we lose a few more readers year on year.
Talking of year on year; I think the one I’ve just returned from is the 10th consecutive Classic MotorCycle Mechanics show I’ve been to, during which time I’ve seen it get bigger and bigger, now to the point where it’s almost on a par with the April event, which has traditionally been the ‘big un’ – indeed, I think it may have even outstripped April this year, in part owing to the earlier show falling on easter weekend this year.
Though the October focus is primarily on later, mainly Japanese classics, there’s always a great selection of Brit ware about the place too, which of course is what I’m drawn to. As usual, the auction attracted me like a moth to the light and, as usual, I started dreaming about what I wanted to buy and, as usual, I started to dream up plans as how I could do it and, as usual, I called my dad and checked how much money he’s got at the moment and if he can sub me a bit (or a lot…) – strange to think it’s probably 10 years I’ve been doing that now! This time, the apparently ‘cheap’ prices for some of the Vincent V-twins were in danger of suckering me in, drawing up a list of what I could sell to who to recoup my potential outlay, while I couldn’t stop walking past a pair of Rumi scooters without thinking “I’d like that”.
Still, what occurred was what normally happens; they went beyond what I could (or was prepared) to pay and I left empty handed. Oh well, there’s always next time…
This being the December issue, it seems like we should wish all the best for next calendar year here too; so here it is, happy riding everyone.
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.