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Motorcycle GP Racing in the 1960s [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Chris Pereira
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15 Mar 2014
The 1960s was a unique era in the history of motorcycle Grand Prix racing, and arguably marked the last period of traditional road racing. The decade saw the rise of the Japanese factories that would eventually dominate the sport, and the burgeoning two-stroke technology that would go on to replace the traditional four stroke machines. It was undoubtedly one of the most glorious and exciting decades as far as technological diversity was concerned, with machines that displayed a remarkable variety of technical complexity at least fifty different makes of machine from over half a dozen countries were involved in the events. This book covers these years in full  the bikes, the riders, and the races offering a beautifully illustrated and engrossing account of a remarkable era in Grand Prix racing.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (15 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845844165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845844165
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pereira appears to have sourced a lot of fresh images, great images too ... a really useful reference guide to the era, especially with the full results, stats and machine specs tucked away at the back and it's certainly a useful and welcome addition to my bookshelf! --Classic Bike Guide

an important and valuable book for anyone who considers themselves at all interested in grand prix motorcycles. The illustration and pictorial content is lavish and the tech spec and detail contained within the pages is unrivalled ... As a factual reference for statistics, results and performance, the book itself is Google in print. It's also a treasure trove of photos and reminiscence of a great period in motorcycle racing history. --Motorcyle Sport Scotland

Full of interest, without glossing over the downsides of lethal circuits and poor safety gear, this is a good book on what for many of us was a Golden Age --Bike Rider Magazine

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Chris Pereira became interested in motorcycle racing while still a schoolboy. He emigrated to England in 1955, and went to work for racing dealer Arthur Taylor of Shipston-on-Stour. Chris attended many race meetings and TT Races during the 50s and 60s, often helping out riders. He raced in club events during the 1960s, on vintage bikes during the 1970s, and on classic bikes from 1981 to 2000. He also rode in the Classic Manx Grand Prix in 1984. Chris has written articles on racing history in classic magazines, and has published a book on historic racing motorcycles. He still rides in race parades and historic events.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A book to savour 7 July 2014
By Jaybee
Format:Hardcover
An interesting, informative and entertaining book that is perhaps very slightly spoilt by some minor proof reading faults and by one (possibly two) poor picture/s.

The picture in question (bottom of p34) appears have been printed from a scanned version of the original and hence seems to be showing signs of 'pixellation'. The proof reading faults are: Fritz Scheidegger's name spelt as 'Schiedegger' on p54 (elsewhere his surname seems to be correctly spelt) and on p107 the captions for the two photographs (of Rod Gould on a TD2 Yamaha and Bohumil Stasa leading Milani et al in the 1969 German GP) are the wrong way round. There may be other minor 'typos' that I have not yet discovered. One hopes that any future Veloce reprint will address these problems.

But on no account let these criticisms put you off purchasing this book! It is full of useful information, numerous nostalgic photos, and is a lovely reminder of what the author justifiably considers the best era in post-WWII motorcycle racing - the 'Glorious Sixties'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good bike book 23 May 2014
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Very good informative book about the time when British bikes were not quite competitive and the Japanese / European bikes were getting faster.
The names of the riders brings memories back from that changing period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars content of book 11 May 2014
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Found content of book short on results detail and could have had more coverage of continental circus racing in 60s
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transported back in time 13 May 2014
By JEMM
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I was most in the write up and pictures many of the people were household names long since forgotten by many
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