Real Classic - - Backwards Glance -

Fans of Frank Melling’s au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal ‘Pen­guin’ se­ries will be glad to know that a new pub­li­ca­tion from the bik­ing world’s in­ter­na­tional man of mys­tery will be pub­lished this autmn. ‘Ride Of My Life’ is a glossy, A4 bookazine which runs to 132 pages. You’ll find it in big­ger newsagents, or it’s avail­able on­line or from 01507 529529.

Chap­ters al­ter­nate be­tween mem­o­rable mo­tor­cy­cles which Mr Melling has en­coun­tered – in­clud­ing the BSA Rocket 3, BMW’s R90S and Kawasaki’s Big Zed – and episodes of ‘mo­tor­cy­cling life’ like a visit to the Guzzi mu­seum at Man­dello del Lario, l’en­duro des sables, and the day BSA died. Frank shares his ex­pe­ri­ences aboard some unique racing mo­tor­cy­cles, too, so get ready for a lap with the 1907 TT-win­ning Nor­ton and the amaz­ing Moto Guzzi V8. The fun doesn’t stop in 1970-some­thing; mod­ern ma­chines like the Bon­neville Thrux­ton and Du­cati Sport Clas­sic pop up as well.

Look out for Frank Melling at the Stafford Show in Oc­to­ber – he’ll have a stand on the bal­cony above the main hall where you can buy ‘Ride Of My Life’ and he’ll even sign it for you. Three lucky RC read­ers won’t need to seek out their copies, how­ever: we have bagged some swag on your be­half! Check out this month’s sub­scriber news­let­ter for de­tails of how to en­ter our ex­clu­sive RC sub­scriber give­away.

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