Worry not Julian, I'm not offended by your comments, or by the original posting from Upspex. You be as irreverent as you wish, the man himself would laugh with us about it.
I'm afraid I didn't read the MCN article, so can't comment on whether it was OTT (I rarely find time to read the rag these days, or if I have the spare time I can make better use of it in the garage.). When someone as famous as Evel dies it is a chance for the papers to fill some column inches cheaply, so I suppose they will take full advantage.
Racers die, and some such as Joey Dunlop or Barry Sheen are given a big send off by the press (Remember, although not a great racer,Evel Kinevel was known throughout the world in his heyday). Others are recognised by those who follow a specific branch of racing, but their names will mean little to the majority of the public, so they don't get the same amount of coverage.
As for Eddie Kidd, He was great, but the risks caught up with him. I'd imagine when he dies he will get a similar send offf to Kinevel, but at the moment I think he's still kicking (well, not actually kicking!) so doesn't get much coverage.
All the best to you and yours for a great Xmas and New Year, If you find yourself in our our area (Northants, not far from Silverstone) you're welcome to pop in (PM me beforehand and I'll let you have some contact details).
All the best to One and All,