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Off-Road Giants!  Heroes of 1960s Motorcycle Sport (Volume 1)

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Off-Road Giants! Heroes of 1960s Motorcycle Sport (Volume 1)

By Andrew Westlake
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Hardback 128 pages 250 tall x 207mm 126 period black and white pictures

ISBN: 978-1-84584-190-4

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- An affectionate and warm insight to a truly great era of motorcycle sport
- Profiles of 17 famous riders of the 1960s
- Contains photographs by Gordon Francis, one of the UKs leading sports photographers: most have never been published before
- Will appeal to both male and female readers
- 126 evocative, period photos


A fascinating and nostalgic compilation of rider profiles written over a three year period, which originally appeared in Classic Motorcycle magazine, and is now accompanied by a new set of over 100 photographs. All of the riders featured became top achievers in their field, although, for some, it was their first interview. During the 1950s and 60s, scrambling especially drew huge crowds to meetings all across the country, and, thanks to TV coverage such as BBC Grandstand Trophy, and ITV’s World of Sport, many of the competitors featured in this book became household names. Each chapter includes the competition years of the riders, and also gives an overview of their careers, and conveys their enthusiasm for the sport.


If you can recall watching motorcycle scrambles and trials on your black and white TV during the 1960s, then this is the book for you. It’s a trip down memory lane as the author recalls boyhood journeys in his big brothers ex-GPO van to watch the stars in action, some of the world’s best, including scramblers like the Sharp brothers, Badger Goss and Ivor England, trials riders Gordon Jackson, Max King and the Kendalls, and great all-rounders like Ken Heanes, Johnny Giles and the American Bud Ekins. Not only does it include the star riders, but also the main British manufacturers of the time like BSA, Triumph, James, Greeves, Metisse, Cheney and Wasp, the latter two of which are still in existence to this day. However, the book isn’t just about bikes – it’s about the people and their stories from illustrious and successful careers on two and three wheels, which makes for a thoroughly interesting and captivating read.

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"... liberally illustrated by very evocative period photos that bring the memories flooding back. The book clearly gives a flavour of the times when the sport was more important than money and riders rode more for fun than fame. Anybody who loved the 50s and 60s period of when off-road was as popular as tarmac racing will be totally absorbed and come away wanting more. As with any Veloce publication the quality is excellent and it is well worth the asking price." –

"A fascinating and nostalgic compilation of 17 rider profiles written over a three-year period" - The Classic Motorcycle

"The book is lavishly illustrated with well-chosen contemporary photographs, many previously unpublished." –

"Sixteen dirt demons profiled. The mud and mono action pics evoke the smell of Castrol R." – Classic Bike

"The book is a marvellous compilation of affectionate profiles of riders from the golden age of motorcycle sport." – Blackmore Vale magazine

"Andy's warm, affectionate but also sharp and fact-filled accounts are complemented by 100 or more crystal-clear action photographs quite superbly reproduced." – Western Daily Press

"Have we read it? Yes, it's full of off-road stuff – hence the title – and is of interest to anyone who competes, or follows off-road sport or even used to enjoy the TV scrambles in the 60s." – Old Bike Mart

"I guarantee you will find it hard to put down once you have dipped into its content." – Pioneer Motor Cyclist newsletter

"Of interest to anyone who can remember watching motocross, trials and enduros way back in the 1960s, or indeed anyone interested in that era." – Nacelle, Triumph Owners’ Motor Cycle Club

"If you have enduring memories of old Brit bikes being raced in anger, then this book will have you re-living the glory days of your youth. For anyone too young to remember them, then it's a fascinating insight into a now defunct part of British social, economic and sporting history." – Trailbike & Enduro Magazine


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