By Steve Jackson Published by Veloce ISBN: 978-1845-846480 128 pages soft cover RRP: $34.99 Cor blimey. You can almost smell the baked beans, egg and chips wafting along the Douglas promenade. In the late ‘fifties and early ‘sixties, the Isle of Man International Scooter Rally was the Olympics of mini-motorcycling. You had to be mildly eccentric of course, but there was no shortage of patrons who flocked to what was also called the Holiday Week for Scooterists, much to the delight of the Manx Tourist Board. There were all sorts of fun and games, including blats around sections of the TT course, but as happened at our own Bathurst races, an undesirable element gradually crept in and cruelled it for everyone. The 1980 event was the last straw, with Mods and Skinheads beating the snot out of each other, leading to the Manx government banning scooters from entering the island. That ban remained in force until 2002, by which time most Skinheads were in nursing homes. This little book is a glance back at an era that will never return – innocent fun that went off the rails. during production runs. Nevertheless, you can guarantee the vast majority of available information is within these pages, along with dozens of photos of the big twins and triples. The 750 SFC – for many, the ultimate Laverda – has a chapter all of its own, and there is naturally a racing section, because track success was so coveted by the Breganze company. Laverda began racing post war in the big inter-city events like the Milano-Taranto with their little 75cc, and kept it up for decades, notably in Endurance racing, for which their unique V6 racer was created. The usual Technical Specification chapter completes a fine book.