Mo­tor­cy­cling in the ‘50s.

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

Pub­lished by Ve­loce Dis­trib­uted by Ren­niks (02) 9695 7055­ UK price £25 ISBN: 978-1-787110-99-1 144 pages soft cover. Part of the se­ries of Ve­loce clas­sic Reprints, this book is a nos­tal­gic col­lec­tion of road tests, feature ar­ti­cles, and clas­sic ad­ver­tise­ments com­piled by the noted au­thor and stal­wart of the vin­tage scene, Jeff Clew, who passed away in 2009. Some of the top­ics cov­ered herein in­clude the post-war boom for the Bri­tish fac­to­ries, the rise in pop­u­lar­ity of scoot­ers, how two strokes took over mo­tocross, the hal­cyon days of the Isle of Man TT, and an in­ter­est­ing chap­ter en­ti­tled, “Mo­tor­cy­cling gets a bad name”, which charts the me­dia-driven as­sault that turned rid­ers into so­cial out­casts and ma­nip­u­lated fac­tors such as in­surance pre­mi­ums and laws. If you were around at the time, this book will rekin­dle great mem­o­ries, and if you were not, you may come to agree with the au­thor that this was in­deed the golden era of mo­tor­cy­cling.

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