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BMW RS54 and fam­ily By Lothar Milde­brath English trans­la­tion by Ian Fal­loon ISBN; 978-3-00-042687-2 144 pages hard cover Self pub­lished Price: 29 Eu­ros + 11 Eu­ros ship­ping to Aus­trala­sia. Con­tact: l.milde­[email protected] Sixty years ago, BMW re­leased the RS54 Rennsport – the over­head camshaft flat twin pro­duc­tion racer that be­came an in­stant suc­cess, par­tic­u­larly in side­car form, and is to­day one of the world’s most col­lectable mo­tor­cy­cles. Be­gin­ning with a fore­word by Max Deubel, four times World Side­car Cham­pion on the BMW Rennsport, Lothar Milde­brath’s book takes us through the de­vel­op­ment and sub­se­quent his­tory of the RS54, with ex­cel­lent black and white pho­tos to il­lus­trate the text. As well as the works so­los and side­cars, the Mu­nich flat twins car­ried nu­mer­ous pri­va­teers – in­clud­ing Aus­tralians Tony McAlpine and Jack For­rest – to suc­cess. Those suc­cesses spanned a re­mark­able 21 years, with Klaus En­ders win­ning his sixth (and BMW’s fi­nal) World Side­car ti­tle in 1974. The book is in Ger­man with equal sec­tions in English, and all pho­to­graphs have dual lan­guage cap­tions. As well as the rac­ing pho­tos, there are nu­mer­ous tech­ni­cal pho­tos and il­lus­tra­tions that re­veal the in­ner work­ings of one of BMW’s finest cre­ations. The au­thor has done an ex­cel­lent job of re­search­ing the his­tory of this most sig­nif­i­cant mo­tor­cy­cle and the price is a bar­gain.

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