Race across the Great Di­vide

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

By Dar­ryl Flack and Don Cox Hard­back 320 pages Pub­lished by Bell­bird Pub­lish­ing $68.00 plus $12 P&P within Aus­tralia To or­der: visit www.bell­bird­pub­lish­ing.com.au En­quiries: bbpub­lish­[email protected]­tus­net.com.au This is a big book in every sense of the word; it weighs nearly 3kg! And the sub­ject mat­ter is just as weighty – ex­plor­ing Aus­tralian mo­tor­cy­cling’s boom days of the ‘seven­ties when every­one went rac­ing both on and off road. The au­thors have dug deep to in­ter­view both stars and the rel­a­tively un­known, all of whom have their sto­ries to tell not just of the rac­ing but the some­times hair-rais­ing road trips and the equally hec­tic so­cial scene that was an in­te­gral part of the sport. 330 pho­to­graphs il­lus­trate the book, many from the cam­eras of the leg­endary snap­pers like John Ford, Barry Mar­shall, Rob Lewis, Michael An­drews and Al­lan Rooney. Nat­u­rally the Kiwi scene is a ma­jor com­po­nent, given the in­va­sion of names like John Wood­ley, Stu Avant, John Boote, Graeme Crosby, Den­nis Ire­land, Brian Martin, Rick Perry, Ge­off Perry and oth­ers. The an­nual Bathurst races are ex­ten­sively cov­ered, along with the Cas­trol Six Hour and the other ma­jor Pro­duc­tion races that were such a fea­ture of the ‘seven­ties. Sec­tions of the book also touch on the ex­ploits of Aus­tralian and New Zealand rid­ers over­seas in this time, among them Ken Blake, Warren Will­ing, Gregg Hans­ford, Ray Quincey, Kim Newcombe, Mur­ray Sayle and a young Wayne Gard­ner, who says in his fore­word to the book, “It is in­ter­est­ing that I was the first Aus­tralian World Cham­pion to come from a re­gional cen­tre. “Funny, I thought that honour would have be­longed to 1938 World Speed­way Cham­pion Bluey Wilkin­son, who was born in Millthorpe and raised in Bathurst. The book is a mighty ef­fort and one that de­serves a place in the li­brary of any­one who was for­tu­nate enough to be there in what is rightly called the Golden Age of mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing. Get a copy be­fore it sells out.

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