So, another year of racing draws to a close. And as such we stop for a moment, pausing to catch our collective breath, remembering those we lost along the way. It’s an odd time for remembrance and excitement of what can be achieved next year. We’re now into a time of possibilities and plans. Can’t wait to get out in 2019.
But the winter doesn’t mean we stop. Unlike the exclusive testing regimes of modern counterparts we have a huge history of the sport to tap into over the next few months. And with those nights drawing in and the racing world as a whole hunkering down in a semi-state of hibernation, can I draw your attention to a few things to consider as the [shudder] festive season appears on the horizon?
Two of CR’slong-standing, expert contributors – Alan Cathcart and Bruce Cox – have some wonderful gift solutions for racing fans making their way into stores, both actual and digital; both certainly worth a look at. Bruce’s terrific book, Racing with Kawasaki – The Inside Story (pictured), is the most complete account of racing with the top-level squad in the 1970s. The 344-page tome features over 100 illustrations and plenty of great photos of the people and bikes of the era.
There’s also the 2019 Classic Racing Legends calendar and Alan’s DVD of his 990cc MotoGP tests appearing now, covering all bases of two-wheeled combat. You’ll find their details elsewhere in Classic Racerthis month. And of course, what better gift for you (feel free to leave this page open near a loved one) than a subscription to Classic Racer? We’ve got some cracking deals on the go now, see page 26 for details.
Okay, that’s enough about Christmas. Let’s get back to the racing and I sincerely hope that you enjoy this issue.