‘Bo Granath Rac­ing 1961-2006’

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

By Bo Granath Self Pub­lished ISBN: 978-91-82521-1-8 224 pages A4 hard cover List price: Euro 31.00 Or­ders: www.bo­granath.com Email: bo­[email protected]­mail.com The lit­tle-known foray into 500GP road rac­ing by Swe­den’s Husq­varna in the late 1960s meant it be­came the first man­u­fac­turer to race a two-stroke for a full sea­son in the cat­e­gory. This even­tu­ally re­sulted in Con­ti­nen­tal Cir­cus stal­wart Bo Granath fin­ish­ing a re­mark­able fifth in the 1972 500cc World Cham­pi­onship on his unique two-stroke twin de­vel­oped with the aid of the fac­tory, al­low­ing Husq­varna to claim fourth place in the Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ points ta­ble – ahead of Suzuki! – with Bo’s third-place ros­trum places in the Aus­trian and Swedish GPs. Hav­ing con­tin­ued rac­ing un­til 2006, Stock­holm­born Granath en­joyed an un­bro­ken rac­ing ca­reer span­ning more than four decades, which is now the sub­ject of his new English-lan­guage au­to­bi­og­ra­phy – a fas­ci­nat­ing scrap­book of a ca­reer which be­gan in 1961 when Granath com­bined his Civil En­gi­neer­ing univer­sity stud­ies with go­ing road rac­ing with a pair of Manx Nor­tons. Bo hit the Con­ti­nen­tal Cir­cus GP trail from 1962 on­wards and for 1963 he re­placed the Manxes with a 7R/G50. Granath raced in the Isle of Man TT for the first time that year, and sur­vived hav­ing to jump off his 7R at Bal­lacraine af­ter it caught fire in prac­tice – a photo of which graces the cover of the book. There are many other such tales of the un­ex­pected to be found in this first­hand story of life in the Con­ti­nen­tal Cir­cus up un­til 1979. This book comes pro­fusely il­lus­trated with pre­vi­ously unseen pho­tos from Bo Granath’s own archive, many of which cap­ture bet­ter than any words the sense of ca­ma­raderie cou­pled with pas­sion that per­vaded the Con­ti­nen­tal Cir­cus pad­dock. It tells the story of his 237 GP starts in all classes from 125cc to 500cc over a 43-year rac­ing ca­reer, dur­ing which he also be­came 12-time Swedish cham­pion and three times Nordic cham­pion.

By Charles Falco Pub­lished by C15S Pub­li­ca­tions ISBN: 9780692541­197 158 pages soft cover List price US$74.99 To or­der: www.createspac­e.com/5757916 This buyer’s guide for the clas­sic BSA Gold Star cov­ers the com­plete range of pro­duc­tion from the orig­i­nal 1938 Model M24 through post-WWII mod­els ZB, BB, CB, DB and DBD. The in­for­ma­tion also will be in­valu­able for re­stor­ers as well as peo­ple gen­er­ally in­ter­ested in the his­tory of th­ese ma­chines. One chap­ter is de­voted to the 1957 Spit­fire Scram­bler, a lit­tle-known hy­brid pro­duced only that year con­sist­ing of a twin-cylin­der 650 cc en­gine in Gold Star cy­cle parts, pre­dat­ing the Rocket Gold Star by five years. The main body of the 5th edi­tion has more than dou­bled to 50 pages and now has 44 fig­ures and 17 ta­bles con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion on the proper speedome­ters, tachome­ters, gear­boxes, car­bu­ret­tors, etc., and cover all mod­els, in­clud­ing Club­man, Catalina Scram­bler, Road Racer, Dirt Tracker, and Com­pe­ti­tion ‘All Sports’. For the re­storer or re­builder, a very use­ful “re­verse parts list” spe­cially cre­ated for this book has DBD part num­bers sorted in nu­mer­i­cal

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