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Off-road Giants! (Volume 2) - Heroes of 1960s Motorcycle Sport [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Andy Westlake
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1 Jan 2011
If you remember off-road stars like the Rickman brothers' Vic Eastwood, Lew Coffin, and John Avery, then this is a must-have book for your collection. They're big names who brought the thrills and spills of the golden era of motorcycle sport to a whole generation. For the author, it's a personal trip down memory lane, as he was lucky enough to see many of these men and women at the height of their racing careers. Seventeen of the rider profiles in this book originally appeared over a three-year period in the pages of The Classic Motorcycle magazine, but the profile on the Rickman brothers - two of scrambling's true greats - has not been seen in print before. Accompanied by a new set of over 100 stunning photographs, this is a book that will evoke fond memories for all who share the author's love of motorcycle sport in the 1960s.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (1 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845843231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845843236
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 21.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andy is one of the classic scenes leading journalists and his series of profiles on 1950's and '60's off road stars in The Classic Motorcycle magazine have been hugely popular. The first seventeen of these profiles were the contents for his first book Off Road Giants which was published in October 2008 and eighteen more stars of yesteryear have been covered in the eagerly awaited volume two which is now available.
These rider profiles reflect on a golden time for off road sport when as a small lad Andy was taken to his first scramble at Westbury Sub Mendip in his big brother's Morris eight van. The intoxicating cocktail of Castrol R and the thundering exhausts started a lifetime's passion for off road sport which remains to this day.
Andy started riding in trials in 1972 on a 1960 Greeves Scottish before moving on to a Villiers powered Cheetah and then to a Cotton Minarelli. Later he rode a MAR Ossa and then Beamish Suzuki's in both two and three wheeled form with some success.
During the nineteen eighties won many awards in MCC long distance trials on a mixture of Japanese machines, he stopped trials riding in 1991 but returned in 2000 and in 2006 won a gold medal in the 2006 Lands End on his Cheney Triumph.
In his forty two years of riding on the road he's covered many thousands of miles and ridden scores of different machines. These have included an epic coast to coast trip across North America, a tour of New Zealand and much of mainland Europe usually on his Moto Guzzi twins.

February 2011

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If you remember off-road stars like the Rickman brothers, Vic Eastwood, Lew Coffin and John Avery then this is a must-have book for your collection. This is an excellent book, accompanied by a totally new set of over 100 stunning photographs. --The Classic Motorcycle

About the Author

After nearly forty years of riding motorbikes, Andy Westlake is one of the UK's leading motorcycle magazine journalists. He contributes to leading monthly magazines such as The Classic Motorcycle, Classic Dirt Bike and Motorcycle Sport and Leisure in the UK, and also classic and off-road magazines in France, the USA, and Australia. He attended his first motorcycle sports event as an eight year old in 1961, and it is the bikes and people of that era that he writes so passionately about. He has competed with great success in classic long distance trials, and as recently as 2006 won a gold medal in the Lands End trial on his Cheney Triumph. Andy has also toured extensively on Guzzi twins, including a coast-to-coast trip across the USA.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Off-Road giants - Superb book! 19 Jan 2012
If you are into classic dirt bikes then this is a must have book! the book goes into just the right amount of details about each rider so as to be very interesting without boring you to death with stories of events that might have been funny at the time... a perfect read for the classic dirt bike fan with fantastic action photo's from back in the day. Basically i'd say that both volume one and two are worth having on the shelf and can be read again and again....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 13 Mar 2013
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recommend it to Motocross enthusiasts. All the best old boys from the 1970/1980's and in the case of Andy Roberton still riding full bore, even after 50 years!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 6 Dec 2011
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Just like volume 1 this book is very well researched and complimented by superb photographs. There is a fascinating mix of off-road names from the past that bring the memories flooding back:A must read!
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