Off-Road Gi­ants! He­roes of 1960s Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport Vol­ume 3.

Old Bike Australasia - - EYE RIGHT -

By Andy West­lake 128 pages hard cover ISBN: 978-1-845847-45-6 RRP $59.95 Avail­able from Pit­stop Books and Au­to­book World. The third episode in the popular Off-Road Gi­ants se­ries con­tin­ues the sto­ries of the best known com­peti­tors in the phe­nom­ena that was Scram­bling in the ‘six­ties. Huge crowds, live tele­vi­sion and en­er­getic pro­mo­tion made house­hold names of men like Dave Bick­ers, John Banks, Les Archer and Gor­don Ad­sett (who toured Australia and New Zealand in 1968/69). Both Bick­ers and Archer starred across two decades, be­gin­ning in the ‘fifties, and in Bick­ers’ case, en­com­passed works rides for three sep­a­rate fac­to­ries. As well as the scram­bles/mo­tocross scene, this book cov­ers the equally popular world of Ob­served Tri­als, and in­ter­est­ingly, high­lights the ca­reer of Olga Keve­los, the lady rider who could more than hold her own amongst the men­folk, not just in her spe­cialty, tri­als, but in scram­bles and road rac­ing. Full of won­der­fully evoca­tive pho­tos, the book is a real trip back in time to a golden era.

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