A life of Pride
The Memories of Alan G. Pride.
Published by Primordial 204 pages soft cover Contact email@example.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.