This book gives not much information about the great rider. You get only a very brief curriculum vitae and a very short listing of his racing results. A considerable part of the book is taken up for short descriptions of the achievements of contemporary riders and for Ted Mellors scrapbook, which is reproduced reduced in size. Therefore you need a magnifying glass for reading it. The book contains many interesting pictures, but most of them are tiny and poorly reproduced. Regrettable there are easely avoidable mistakes. It starts on page 1. I think everybody interested in motorcycle racing between the wars knows that Jimmie Guthrie met his death on the Sachsenring and not on a… Read more
This little book quotes a great number of treatises, dealing with the various causes of the decline of the British owned motor manufactoring industry. But there is one substantial omission. The influence of the product of the industry - the vehicles is nearly neglected. The lack of brand management, the lack of product planning and development and the problems resulting from ignoring the market are scarcely addressed.
You get a very good overall review of engines of historic importance and a good explanation of the modern technology. But You don't get a detailed technical description of the engines. The technical data are scattered all over the text - no dimension and data tables - and there are very few drawings and photographs of the internals. Mostly You get only a photograph of the outside of the engine.