The Essential Buyer’s Guide – Moto Guzzi 2-Valve Big Twins
By Ian Falloon Published by Veloce 64 pages soft cover RRP: $29.99 Available from Pitstop (1800 622422) and Autobook World (02) 9231 6713 Using the proven ‘Essential Guide’ template, Ian Falloon traces the models that took over when Moto Guzzi ceased racing to concentrate on its bread and butter (or should that be pane e burro) range. Initially designed for FIAT, the across-theframe v-twin that begat such famous models as the V7, Le Man and even the current Californian, is synonymous with the legendary Italian marque. The book tells how to identify models, what to beware of, restoration tips, a price guide and quite a bit more. Praag who was the World Speedway Champion in 1936. The book then contains separate chapters dedicated to year by year racing at the Deagon track. Newspaper clippings and photographs are all incorporated to piece together the story. A chapter called “Memories” includes stories from people Tony interviewed about the track. Most of these people were offspring of the riders who raced in Deagon including Kev Torpie, whose family home was very close to the track. Kev’s dad told him many stories about the Deagon events and this must have inspired him to take on speedway himself, and his talent earned him the 1972 Queensland Championship. The final chapters are dedicated to yet more photos and newspaper clippings. It is definitely a book worth reading and certainly poses a challenge to current printed history of the sport.