The Es­sen­tial Buyer’s Guide – Moto Guzzi 2-Valve Big Twins

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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.

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