‘Bo Granath Racing 1961-2006’
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