A life of Pride

The Mem­o­ries of Alan G. Pride.

Old Bike Australasia - - GOOD GEAR - Com­piled by Mar­i­lyn Pride and Lewis Morley

Pub­lished by Pri­mor­dial 204 pages soft cover Con­tact looey­mor@aol.com (2) 47531166 ISBN: 978-0-6480826-0-6 $30.00 plus postage.

I met the late Alan Pride only once; when I pho­tographed his lovely Le­vis 500 for a fea­ture story in OBA 22 at the Mac­quarie Towns Show Day in 2010. Even from that short en­counter it was clear that Alan was a re­mark­able man with a life­time of mo­tor­cy­cling be­hind him. He built his first mo­tor­cy­cle – a 1924 Rudge – in the home of the mother of his best friend, the fa­mous artist Kevin ‘Pro’ Hart, and he spent count­less hours rid­ing be­tween Bro­ken Hill and Adelaide with var­i­ous girl­friends. For­tu­nately, he kept diaries and co­pi­ous notes, and fol­low­ing his death in Novem­ber 2013, his daugh­ter Mar­i­lyn and her part­ner Lewis Morley set about putting it all to­gether in the form of a book. The re­sult is a credit to both, a swash­buck­ling ac­count of a man who left his na­tive Bro­ken Hill at the age of 21 and set off around the world. What fol­lowed were sev­eral years at sea work­ing on Tramp Steam­ers be­tween Africa and the UK be­fore re­turn­ing home to start a new life; one that in­volved lots of mo­tor­cy­cles and mo­tor­cy­cling. A great snap­shot of a life lived in care­free aban­don.

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