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on 17 January 2013
I really enjoyed this book. It is a very funny book, with the humour born of a love and wide knowledge of Triumph motorcycles, and an admiration for Mr Turner, the boss of Triumph motorcycles. That Triumph boss, put himself and the other two directors on new Triumph Terriers, to ride the full length of Britain. It was 1953 and the motorcycles had 150 cc engines. There was a humour and humility in the exercise - these were bosses in an age when bosses were neither young nor slim. The book is peppered with wry (but razor-sharp) humour, making it impossible to read without a permanent and wide smile. And then there are the guffaws at outrageous and whacky comments on the story of Triumph motorcycles and British life through the 50s, 60s and 70s - lovely Monty Python off-beat humour. It is as discursive as Motorcycle Diaries. Britain was going to the dogs, but Mr Turner was an inspiration and was doing his best - and the author weaves these two strands with a humorous and affectionate light touch. And then we get the up to date commentary on bikes and Britain, from the author, Nigel Winter, nostalgically riding the route half a century later. And on a bike you stand a chance of re-capturing the fun of all previous bike journeys. There are similarities, such as getting cold and wet, and warming up in the bar at the day's end - and all that thinking time. And the author got wetter and colder than those bosses, and stayed in cheaper hotels, even camping, which all seems unfair, and to deny progress. He notes that John Steinbeck was also reluctant to get out of his warm bed for the start his road trip, which informed Steinbeck's book, Travels with Charley, but I am glad that Nigel Winter also got out on the road that first wet day. The book has nice photographs too.
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