Münchener Meistermacher Maschinen
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.