Motorcycle Racing With The Continental Circus 1920 To 1970

byChris Pereira

Hardcover | October 2, 2018

Motorcycle Racing With The Continental Circus 1920 To 1970 by Chris Pereira
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A fascinating history of European motorcycle racing, going back to a period far removed from the world of Moto GP today: a time when many young men from all walks of life decided to give up their livelihoods in favour of earning their living by racing motorcycles on the dangerous public road circuits of the European Continent. It was a nomadic existence that involved travelling from circuit to circuit, circus fashion, hence the title 'Continental Circus.' Motorcycle Racing with the Continental Circus 1920 to 1970 begins with the pre-war period, when many young British riders travelled to the Continent to take part in the Grand Prix races, held from around 1920 and across Europe. British riders such as Alec Bennett, Stanley Woods, Jimmy Guthrie and many more, gained notable success and established their reputations on the European circuits. Moving on to the post-war era, the book details the riders from around the world who joined the Circus - self-financed 'privateers' from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The 1950s and '60s were the days of the true Continental Circus, when private riders earned their living riding all over the continent. The book also covers the development of the machines that became the essential tools of the private riders, and the eventual demise of the Continental Circus in the 1970s, due to new safety regulations and the escalating cost of racing. Chris Pereira's historical account is sourced both from first-hand experience of racing, and from his own vast library of racing history records and photographs.
Born in Sri Lanka,Chris Pereirabecame interested in Motorcycle Racing in the late 1940s after reading theMotor CycleandMotor Cyclingmagazines and acquiring his father's scrapbooks of pre-war TT riders. He emigrated to England in 1955 and worked for racing dealer Arthur Taylor who was the sponsor and father-in-law of former World Champi...
Title:Motorcycle Racing With The Continental Circus 1920 To 1970Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:128 pages, 10 X 8.5 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:128 pages, 10 X 8.5 X 0.5 inPublished:October 2, 2018Publisher:Veloce PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1787112748

ISBN - 13:9781787112742

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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