Mo­tor­cy­cle Rac­ing with the Con­ti­nen­tal Cir­cus 1920 to 1970

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By Chris Pereira ISBN: 978-1-787112-74-2 RRP (Aus­tralia) $37.00 • Hard­back 96 pages. Pub­lished by Ve­loce •­ Avail­able from Ren­niks Pub­li­ca­tions (02) 96957055 •­ Sri Lankan-born Chris Pereira has lived in Eng­land since 1955 and has been in­volved in mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing vir­tu­ally ever since. His lat­est book cov­ers the ‘Con­ti­nen­tal Cir­cus’ – colour­ful pe­riod when pri­va­teers formed the bulk of the grid in Euro­pean rac­ing, many liv­ing from hand to mouth through­out the sea­son, and not a few pay­ing the ul­ti­mate price. Of course, rid­ers from the Bri­tish Com­mon­wealth coun­tries were plen­ti­ful and of­ten suc­cess­ful.

These days, this pe­riod is all-but for­got­ten, but it re­mains a fas­ci­nat­ing era when stars and plod­ders rubbed shoul­ders and shared tools in the pad­dock, while clock­ing up im­mense dis­tances be­tween events. The pho­to­graphs in this book, many from the au­thor’s own ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion, are su­perb and most have not been pub­lished be­fore.

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