1st.128pp.well illustrated b/w photographic plates within text. Peter Carrick - journalist & writer almost all his working life- his work is now almost constantly in demand.[ The story of Kawassaki Motor Cycles etc].Soon after WW2 in a tiny Italian village , Count Domenico Agusta [ family business of making helicopters] began to produce motor cycles - as a hobby. The Count's obsession with motor cycle racing & his national pride led him to produce the most reliable & successful racing bikes the world had ever seen. Foreword by J Surtees, Briel history , index, appendix, 19 chpts.[ book-black boards+ Gilt motif to front board with gilt titles to spine , tight binding , no inscsp, no notable defects] col photo illus D/j is price clipped else no notable defects - now in clear proprietary protective cover .