Love – War and Mo­tor­bikes

Old Bike Australasia - - EYE RIGHT -

By Ge­of­frey Gro­cott Self pub­lished ISBN: 13:978-1502551016 Avail­able from Ama­zon as an E Book at $5.59 or in Printed form: 289 pages soft cover at US$15.59 + P&H. Con­tact email: [email protected] Any­one who was at the Syd­ney Show­ground Speed­way in the heady days of the ‘six­ties and ‘sev­en­ties will know the name of Ge­off Gro­cott; side­car star, and the man who drove the two stroke wedge through the Vincent bri­gade with his rev­o­lu­tion­ary Kawasaki triple. Since then, Ge­off’s cov­ered a lot of ground as he shifted houses and oc­cu­pa­tions, and thank­fully for us, it’s all recorded in his won­der­ful book. Nat­u­rally the first sec­tion deals with the bru­tal life on the speed­ways, where he lost sev­eral good friends but also be­came Aus­tralian Cham­pion. Then it moves through his time in the motorcycle trade and sub­se­quent oc­cu­pa­tions, all of which pro­duce their own mem­o­rable char­ac­ters, and Ge­off draws some colour­ful de­scrip­tions. I found his mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in south­ern Syd­ney to be ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing and a poignant re­minder of the way life used to be with its sim­ple plea­sures and slower pace than the rat race of to­day. The book

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