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Another Classic TT has passed and a really great event it was once again, although sadly things all turned a bit sour after the controversial Classic Superbike Race.

For me there were some great highlights, not least the popularity and success of the Classic Racer Lap of Honour, which, thankfully, passed off safely with everyone who got to ride the iconic Mountain Circuit really enjoying the experience.

I was always convinced that the Classic TT would be a great success, but the speed with which it has evolved has surprised even me. Of course there will always be a doubter, that’s always the case with any new venture or event; human nature means we don’t like change, but far from falling at the first hurdle the Festival of Motorcycling has been a huge success and brought much needed pounds in to the Island’s economy. It has a great future.

There were several very special moments for me this year, which I have included in Paddock Gossip, but the one that topped them all was Phil Armes’ amazing lap, in the Classic Racer Lap of Honour, aboard his 675 Triumph. Phil was left paralysed after a crash in the Ulster Grand Prix, but it hasn’t stopped him living a full and successful life.

Our lead story puts some meat on the bones of the planned Classic Endurance Legends weekend planned for Donington Park next May and a great event it looks set to be. Having really enjoyed some great classic endurance racing at Spa Francorchamps, I for one am really looking forward to it.

As we always try to do here at Classic Racer we are getting behind the guys putting in all the hard work with Classic Endurance Legends and we will have a presence at Donington Park during the event.

Malc

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