Synopses & Reviews
The 1960s was a unique era in the history of motorcycle Grand Prix racing, and arguably marked the last period of ‘traditional' road racing. The decade saw the rise of the Japanese factories that would eventually dominate the sport, and the burgeoning two-stroke technology that would go on to replace the traditional four-stroke machines. It was undoubtedly one of the most glorious and exciting times as far as technological diversity was concerned, with machines that displayed a remarkable variety of technical complexity â?? at least fifty different makes of machine from over half a dozen countries were involved in the events.
This book covers these years in full â?? the bikes, the riders, and the races â?? offering a beautifully illustrated and engrossing account of a remarkable era in Grand Prix racing.
"A highly interesting read ... Well worth the money" - Motorrad News
"an important and valuable book for anyone who considers themselves at all interested in grand prix motorcycles. The illustration and pictorial content is lavish and the tech spec and detail contained within the pages is unrivalled ... As a factual reference for statistics, results and performance, the book itself is Google in print. It's also a treasure trove of photos and reminiscence of a great period in motorcycle racing history." - Motorcycle Sport Scotland
"Pereira appears to have sourced a lot of fresh images, great images too ... a really useful reference guide to the era, especially with the full results, stats and machine specs tucked away at the back and it's certainly a useful and welcome addition to my bookshelf!" - Classic Bike Guide
"Full of interest, without glossing over the downsides of lethal circuits and poor safety gear, this is a good book on what for many of us was a Golden Age." - Bike Rider Magazine
"It is a book that is engrossing, but also one that can easily be dipped in and out of making it ideal for both the casual reader as well as the historian." - Ian Kerr - Freelance
"gives a fascinating account of a remarkable era in the World Championship road race." - Het MotorRijwiel
This book examines the classic period of Grand Prix racing from 1960 to 1969, and the men and machines involved. Covering the emergence of the Japanese factories and the struggle for supremacy between 2- and 4-stroke technologies, it is a fascinating exploration of the last decade of ‘traditional’ Grand Prix racing, before significant events changed the nature of the sport forever.
About the Author
became interested in motorcycle racing while still a schoolboy. He emigrated to England in 1955, and went to work for racing dealer Arthur Taylor of Shipston-on-Stour.
Chris attended many race meetings and TT Races during the ’50s and ’60s, often helping out riders.
He raced in club events during the 1960s, on vintage bikes during the 1970s, and on classic bikes from 1981 to 2000. He also rode in the Classic Manx Grand Prix in 1984.
Chris has written articles on racing history in classic magazines, and has published a book on historic racing motorcycles. He still rides in race parades and historic events.