I found the ‘list’ I did last year when I was routing about/wasting time in the shed the other day (I also found what looks to be a AMC single head, barrel and piston that I’ve no idea where I got them from, as well as various other bits that I can’t remember seeing before, but I digress…) and actually I’ve managed to get ‘done’ much of the work I’d hoped to. Most of my machines are now up and running, or at least, well on the way to being in such a state, a position I rarely find myself in and which, in truth, owes more to the help of friends and family than my own efforts. For example, I turned up at my dad’s over Christmas with two Velos literally in tow, with my seasonal visit being combined with the opportunity for some restorative work. We did end up with two runners – but more of them in a later issue.
Soon, it was back to the ‘norm,’ with Newark show coming hot on the heels of the dawn of 2014, seemingly the show being a welcome respite from the relentless Christmas and new year season. There were plenty of people there, anyway, with the breadth and diversity of the ‘classic’ movement reflected in all its wonderful glory.
Diversity is one of the great (greatest?) things about the classic scene, I think, though not just in terms of the machinery, but the people too. The range of people attracted to our scene never ceases to amaze and impress me, and with ‘communication’ now ever easier, we’re all brought closer. This week, I’ve been conversing with a guy in Canada about Rex-Acmes, who’s about the same age as me, incidentally. While there’s still some out there who persist in saying us ‘younger element’ know nothing, and of course we’re far from perfect, we are enthusiastic and I always try to encourage similar enthusiasm in others.
To that end, we’ve started tentatively to look to add to our ‘team’ producing magazines. So, if you – or someone who you know – might be able to bring something to what we do here going into the future, drop us a line. I suppose it could be looked at as another thing to add to the list of long-term ‘projects.’
In the meantime, we hope you the enjoy magazine and the 32-page supplement that comes free with this issue. It has been compiled by Richard Rosenthal, who has done his usual thorough research job, and to whom thanks are extended.
James Robinson, Editor
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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.