Motocross On-Air: The BBC Grandstand Trophy 1963-1970 Paperback – 17 Oct 2013
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About the Author
Like so many of his generation, Ian Berry was first introduced to the joys of motocross when, in company with his family, he tuned in to the BBC Grandstand programme. There he discovered a fast-moving, captivating sport, and was immediately hooked as he listened to the incomparable Murray Walker providing the frenetic commentary that complimented the remarkable display of riding skills on display. This 'baptism' clearly had a lasting effect on the youngster, who would go on to attend meetings in his native East Anglia at such time-honoured venues as Wakes Colne, Cadders Hill, Lyng and Hadleigh during the heyday of the sport in the 1960s and 70s. Indeed it was memories of such happy outings, rekindled by watching VHS compilations of racing from this period, that prompted him to try his hand at writing. This was in the late 1990s and the rest, as they say, is history! The photo shows Ian at the launch of his first book Out FRONT! in 2010. He lives with his wife and two children near Lisbon, Portugal, where he works as an English teac
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Top Customer Reviews
This is an incredible tour de force of research by the author into a subject that as he correctly points out throws up only a couple of minutes of grainy footage on any internet search and yet here is a synopsis so complete, and so informed, you have to wonder in awe as to how such detail was obtained. A remarkable feat.
It is exactly how I recall those wintery Saturday afternoons without which,and in common with the author again, I would never have gained my enduring love for all things two wheeled off-road. This was the catalyst that enabled me to get my dad to take me to watch moto cross in the flesh, including some of the events featured in this book at places near to my home like Naish Hill, Doddington and Leighton, (the latter still in use to this day and I am still attending regularly nearly 50 years on).
Not only that, in Dave Bickers, it gave me my first real sporting hero and I remember watching in dismay as Chris Horsfield armed with a fiery beast from behind the Iron Curtain began to get the better of my hero, and yet in the end he still won through. No sporting icon in the ensuing half century has come close to matching this level of idolatory. This book brings this all back to focus and tracks every twist and turn in the black and white adventures of my hero, Smithy, big John Banks, Badger Goss et al.
It is a faultless work, great pictures and a nice touch in framing the timeline by referencing major events occuring as the series unfolded.
Probably one for the purists, but I am sure these will be sufficient in number to ensure such a work pays its way.
Never satisfied, it would be great to see Mr Berry do the same for the ITV equivalent where you got sidecars and solos as well as the remarkble tones of Dennis Parkinson.
READ THIS BOOK!
Reading the book brought back many happy memories some of which I had forgotten.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Motocross Book fantastic reading and the pictures you will be amazed with the history of the book.Published 6 months ago by Robert green
takes me back 50 or so years on the black/white screen. fantastic foto's.Published 16 months ago by brian marsh
Excellent piece of off road motorcycling history, especially for someone who was there.Published on 21 July 2014 by gemini