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Off-Road Giants! – Heroes of 1960s Motorcycle Sport (Volume 3)


Off-Road Giants! – Heroes of 1960s Motorcycle Sport (Volume 3)
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By Andy Westlake
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V4745 • 25x20.7cm • 128 pages • 124 b&w pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845847-45-6

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• A unique book featuring the feats of sixteen former scrambles and trials riders
• Contains over 100 previously unpublished photographs
• Many of the former competitors have never had their stories recorded until now
• A trip down memory lane for off-road enthusiasts
• A piece of history that could easily have been lost
• Rider’s personal memories recorded
• A special piece of social history from the 1960s
• An opportunity to view some superb period action photographs
• Face-to-face inteviews with stars of motorcycle scrambles and trials


A unique trip down memory lane for all who can remember the golden days of the 1960s.

This book includes some of the greats of the scrambling world – Dave Bickers, John Banks, Rob Taylor – and others not, perhaps, quite so well known. From the hard-riding Devon farmer John Trible, Gloucester ace Tommy Barker, and Six Days trials star Eric Chilton, to the last ever interview with Olga Kevelos, a true star.


If you can recall the golden era of motorcycle sport then this is undoubtedly the book for you. Featuring sixteen scramblers and one and six days trials stars, this is a must read for all who lined the circuits on muddy Sundays and were glued to their TV sets on Winter afternoons. Author Andy Westlake is regarded as one of the UK's leading classic motorcycle journalists and this book is the perfect follow-up to his two previous books “Off Road Giants” volumes one and two. In this third volume Andy has once again managed to track down and interview some of the stars of this golden era in off road sport, including the former works Greeves rider and 250cc European champion Dave Bickers, ex works BSA star John Banks, and has even journeyed to Spain to interview Les Archer, the man who lifted the European 500cc crown on his works Norton in the mid ’fifties. A superbly written book brought alive by many excellent period photographs.

Independent Reviews

Full of wonderfully evocative photos, the book is a real strip back in time to a golden era.
Old Bike Australasia

Gives an excellent flavour of competing back in the day, told by those who really were there.
Bike Rider Magazine

Contains over one hundred previously unpublished, all period taken photographs that are great black and white, full of action shots.
If you were ever into the motorcycle off-road, competition scene you will thoroughly enjoy this action-packed volume.
Norm Mort, Author and freelance reviewer

Against the backdrop of [...] world and national events of the time, it would have been easy for achievements and remarkable individual stories of some of the UK’s greatest motocross and trials riders to have been all but forgotten.
Ultimate MotorCycling

Thanks to the work of veteran moto-journalist Andy Westlake ... those days are not only remembered, they are brought to life in vivid narrative and more than 100 great period racing black and white images ... Are most of [the rider’s] names unfamiliar? All the more reason to give the Off-Road Giants series a look—the stories and images will make you glad you made their acquaintance.

An excellent book.
Jonathan Hill - freelance

The format is the same as the previous two – why change what works eh? A number of stars from the world of trials and scrambles are interviewed, pictures sourced and the result is a well thought through book with loads of information on the guys that used to fill the pages of our newspapers years ago.
Classic Dirt Bike

A must read for all who lined the circuits and trails on muddy Sundays and were glued to their TV sets on Saturday winter afternoons when the event was televised on BBC Grandstand.
The interviews are well crafted and Westlake’s own enthusiasm for the subject comes through as he recounts the riders past glories, as well as bringing their stories up to date ... well worth the asking price.
Ian Kerr

Really interesting reading ... filled with often little known anecdotes and ... plentiful photographs.
Motor Cycling Club (MCC)

Additional Information

Covers the early 1950s to mid 1970s, and the riders Scott Ellis, John Banks, Bill Faulkner, John Trible, Olga Kevelos, Tommy Barker, Tim Pritchard, Eric Chilton, Dave Bickers, Nick Thompson, Rob Taylor, Bill Martin, Gordon Blakeway, Les Archer, John Griffiths, and Gordon Adsett.


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