Off-Road Giants Vol­ume 1

Old Bike Australasia - - READING AND WATCHING -

By Andy West­lake Pub­lished by Veloce ISBN 9787-1-845848-35-4 Soft cover 124 pages RRP: $69.99 Avail­able from Pit­stop Books (1800 622422) and Au­to­book World (02) 9231 6713 This is a newly-reprinted ver­sion of the orig­i­nal ti­tle in this pop­u­lar se­ries, and it is very good. The sub­ject mat­ter is very Bri­tish, but if you fol­lowed the clas­sic era of scram­bling in the six­ties, many of the names will be fa­mil­iar; Triss and Bryan Sharp, Chris Hors­field, Bryan Goss, Bud Ekins, Eric Cheney and many more. Au­thor Andy West­lake has in­ter­viewed most of these men and also traces com­pany his­to­ries like AJS, Cot­ton, Cheney and Wasp. These were the days of mas­sive crowds at meet­ings, even at the freez­ing cold and usu­ally wet win­ter scram­bles tele­vised by the BBC in the Grand­stand pro­gram. The book ba­si­cally runs up to the swamp­ing of the mo­tocross scene by Husq­varna and CZ, but stops short of the Ja­panese in­va­sion. A re­ally in­ter­est­ing read with ter­rific pe­riod pho­to­graphs. Pub­lished by Veloce 256 pages hard cover ISBN: 978-1-845847-90-6 RRP: $89.99 Avail­able from Pit­stop Books (1800 622422) and Au­to­book World (02) 9231 6713 As the au­thor says in his Fore­word, 18 mil­lion Ves­pas have been pro­duced since 1946 – placed end-to-end they would stretch 32,000 kilo­me­tres. In wartorn north­ern Italy, En­rico Pi­ag­gio some­how man­aged to get into pro­duc­tion a de­sign by aero­nau­ti­cal engi­neer Cor­radino D’As­canio, code named MP6, which be­came the Vespa as Pi­ag­gio de­clared it looked like a wasp. The quirky lit­tle

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