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Sidecars On Line Issue 47
The June 2020 issue of
Sidecars on Line is available to download.
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Oscar's Odyssey looks at his early personal history of "dealing" in motorcycles, the Motorcycle Action Group takes on thwe serious issue of bureaucrats ignoring motorcycles as a viable form of transport, plus Sidelines features one man's view that cars should be made more dangerous !
Inevitably in the age of "Lockdown" due to a worldwide pandemic has to feature. So, a short report on a sidecar ride, "A Grand Sidecar Day Out".

Norton Motorcycles Still Hot News
The dramatic collapse of the latest reincarnation of Norton motorcycles has been big news for some time. Big enough to have a worldwide presence in major media outlets from renowned newspapers to the many forms of digital news platforms. A sorry tale for all those involved and with a festering theme of recrimination, maybe even issues of corruption.
Yet, time moves on and in a few short weeks the story continues with the news that a large Indian company, TVS, have taken over the business and have already taken steps to resurrect the manufacturing side. Issues about outstanding orders placed with the previous incarnation of Norton, and others owed money, are mentioned, but nothing concrete. Much of this latter situation rests with TVS, although the nature of the Norton collapse apparently does not place any legal liability on the new owners to resolve debts, or return of substantial deposits.
Inevitably, the Norton story is unlikely to leave the headlines completely any time soon.

Digital Motorcycle Racing
2020 motorcycle sport has yet to emerge from the shadow of the coronavirus, Covid19. At the time of writing there is mention of resumption behind closed doors, but to date the "activity" has been confined to online races utilising games type software. Hardly a substitute to draw the at home crowds, but at least an attempt to keep the sport in the public eye.
However, translating track action to on screen wizardry is a different ball game. Whatever the on track skills, wizardry, and sheer guts of Marquez, Rea, Rossi, and company, it doesn't follow that these individuals can duplicate their success via a hand held box of buttons, or even a simulator bike. Maybe that's when a "ringer" enters the fray ?
The four wheel racing world has also been conducting online races. From single seat stuff to Nascar, digital race circuits are currently being presented to the world. But now a scandal. A racer in one race series has had someone stand in for him. As each "driver" is home based due to lockdown, he presumably determined his game skills were not quite as good as proper on track abilities, or, more likely, felt he could actually put one over the big boys. Trouble is he's been found out and subsequently sacked from his actual race contract. Silly boy.

Chaostours - Sidecar Couple's New Venture

Kerstin and Kevin Holford, our German based friends' spent three and a half years on world trip through Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. Problems prevented carrying on into Central America, North America, and Africa, but the whole exercise still proved to be an epic, life changing experience.
On their return the pair have embarked on a business providing mobile catering based upon the culinary experiences gained whilst in many lands. The added ingredient is that the venture incorporates their love of motorcycles and sidecars.
We wish them well.

Watsonian 75 Years
OK we know that Watsonian reached a centenary in 2012, but what the heck.
The booklet produced for Watsonian Sidecars 75th anniversary is available via our
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