Vin­tage Mor­ris

Tall Tales but True from a life­time in mo­tor­cy­cling.

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT - By Lester Mor­ris

ISBN: 978-0646-962337 Aus­tralian price: $29 plus $14 postage. 192 pages soft cover. Avail­able from the au­thor: PO Box 392 Win­ston Hills NSW 2153 Email: Lm2@tpg.com.au Phone: 0410 524 882 Lester Mor­ris has been part of the Sydney (and briefly Mel­bourne) mo­tor­cy­cling scene for nearly seventy years, hav­ing served be­hind the counter in such ven­er­a­ble (and long-gone) in­sti­tu­tions as Hazell & Moore, Omod­eis, A.P. North, and Ryde Mo­tor­cy­cles. He also started the Mo­tor­cy­cle Learner Train­ing Scheme in 1972 and along the way has writ­ten books and many magazine ar­ti­cles on the sub­ject. Lester’s other pas­sion is act­ing, and you’ve prob­a­bly seen his cheru­bic face in tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials and films over the years. With such a var­ied and ex­ten­sive ca­reer, it’s not sur­pris­ing that Lester has gath­ered count­less yarns and anec­dotes, and many of them are in this book (the first of sev­eral planned), sprin­kled with pen por­traits of the larger than life char­ac­ters that have tra­di­tion­ally pop­u­lated the bike trade. It’s a big read – lots and lots of words, lots of laughs, but un­for­tu­nately very few pho­to­graphs. Still, this is a rol­lick­ing tome that many or even most of us will read­ily iden­tify with – a throw­back to the days when mo­tor­cy­cle re­tail­ing was much less clin­i­cal than it is to­day.

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