Intimidated by modern traffic

Referring to your June editorial, one has only to look at the picture on the front of the July issue, and another on page 37 taken in Banbury itself, to see the reasons for the declining numbers taking part in events – pressure, density and intimidation by modern traffic.

Only a few years ago, the Banbury Run regularly had 600 entrants, with many more unable to get in due to over-subscribing, but this year the entry was down to 468. Why?

Brian Empsall and his passenger battle through modern traffic near Banbury Cross as they take part in this year’s Banbury Run on their 1928 498cc Triumph Model N Deluxe combination. Photo: Martin Gegg.

In the July issue, Mr K A Wareham mentioned the detrimental effect of more modern bikes being allowed to take part in some classic runs. I have much sympathy for his comments, but do feel that if we are riding genuine old machines we need a pretty thick skin – and decent clobber – when a string of Audis, BMWs (cars, that is) and 4x4s are sitting on our tail.

Arthur Pentney,
Norfolk

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