Motorcycle GP rac­ing in the 1960s

Old Bike Australasia - - YAMAHA MT-07 -

By Chris Pereira ISBN: 978-1-845844-16-5 Pub­lished by Ve­loce 176 pages hard cover – RRP: $49.99 Avail­able from Pitstop (1800 622422) and Au­to­book World (02) 9231 6713 Just when you think you’ve read it all, along comes a new book from the knowl­edge­able Chris Periera. This one deals with the ‘clas­sic’ era of GP rac­ing when the Ja­panese fac­to­ries slugged it out, and MV alone up­held Euro­pean dig­nity. Most of the photograph­s in this ex­cel­lent ef­fort I have never seen be­fore, and as well as the fac­tory fight, Periera does not ig­nore the gal­lant ef­forts of the pri­va­teers that made up the bulk of the grid and pro­vided much of the ac­tion. He makes a valid point that this magic era re­ally came to an abrupt end in 1967, just as it had ten years be­fore with the mass ex­o­dus of the Ital­ian fac­to­ries, when Honda pulled out, leav­ing Yamaha’s rid­ers to fight amongst them­selves, which they did with alacrity. As well as the main text there is a com­plete set of re­sults for all classes, plus a tech­ni­cal break­down of each of the ma­chines. A worth­while ad­di­tion to any li­brary.

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