Motorcycle GP racing in the 1960s
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.