Motorcycle Racing with the Continental Circus 1920 to 1970
By Chris Pereira ISBN: 978-1-787112-74-2 RRP (Australia) $37.00 • Hardback 96 pages. Published by Veloce • www.veloce.co.uk Available from Renniks Publications (02) 96957055 • www.renniks.com Sri Lankan-born Chris Pereira has lived in England since 1955 and has been involved in motorcycle racing virtually ever since. His latest book covers the ‘Continental Circus’ – colourful period when privateers formed the bulk of the grid in European racing, many living from hand to mouth throughout the season, and not a few paying the ultimate price. Of course, riders from the British Commonwealth countries were plentiful and often successful.
These days, this period is all-but forgotten, but it remains a fascinating era when stars and plodders rubbed shoulders and shared tools in the paddock, while clocking up immense distances between events. The photographs in this book, many from the author’s own extensive collection, are superb and most have not been published before.