Give up the day job, buy an old bike and ride off into the sunset - a dream for most but reality for the author as he takes on the Landmark Challenge set by the Triumph Owners Club. But first build the bike, make peace with the family, then just go - meeting life head on. Often hilarious, always interesting, this is a book which brings home the joys of classic motorcycling as Daisy, a 1948 Triumph Speed Twin puts in some 5,000 miles to win the Challenge - in spite of mechanical mayhem, fire, and just about everything else that can go wrong with an old bike. The author, armed with little more than a compass from a Christmas cracker, a dysfunctional map and a random selection of the wrong tools sets out to challenge life together with his young family. Great fun, just what classic motorcycling is all about and makes you itch to join him on the road!
Graham Ham has been around a bit. A colourful career has encompassed Quality Control of surgical instruments, damage checking of trucks before shipping, computer specialist, when nobody had ever heard the word, systems manager, once the word had 'caught on', port services manager and finally capital projects manager.
Then, he got wise, stopped working for other people, and started a computer support and communications business. This consumed his every waking (and many sleeping) hour, and was moderately successful.
Then he got even wiser, and got the hell out of Dodge, before it was too late. He took on a life of minor adventure, journalism, and general faffing, in between working as a consultant.
Having eventually sold the business, he did a lot less work, a lot more adventuring, and a lot more writing. He writes a regular column for a national magazine, and has had his first book published in hardback by Panther publishing.
There are more to come. If only he can find the time!